Get a Lesson on Revolutionary War History

Mark your calendars because on the weekend of October 4-7, 2013 several Upstate parks and locations will make for one spectacular Revolutionary Weekend.

Sponsored in part by the National Park Service, the event will kick off on Friday, October 4 with a Guided Lantern tour at Walnut Grove Plantation. This family-friendly tour features revolutionary war re-enactors with a stroll around the plantation cemetery.

Walnut Grove will also host Festifall, a two-day living history festival on Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7. Over 200 re-enactors will camp and conduct battle reenactments as well as demonstrate colonial-era crafts and trades. Kids will be able to make their own candles, write with quill feathers and play with period-specific toys and games.

Also on Saturday, the Cherokee County History and Arts Museum will hold a Revolutionary War Symposium by Dr. Bobby Moss who is a world-known expert on the War. Dr. Moss is a historian and a native of Cherokee County. He's a Cherokee County Historian, founder of the Cherokee Historical and Preservation Society, Inc. and is the author or editor of eighteen volumes.

Over at Cowpens National Battlefield, Ranger led excursions will feature the historic Green River Road and battlefield tours. Living Historians from Common Knowledge will also be onsite to discuss colonial life from the female perspective, with a focus on medicine and textiles. Learn what it was like to be a Native American during the 18th century from Chief Peace Chief Attakullakulla and catch the drama "A Night before Kings Mountain" about the Overmountain Men and their journey from the colonial frontier to the Battle of Kings Mountain.

Kings Mountain National Military Park is also getting in on the action with an anniversary encampment held throughout the weekend. A variety of demonstrations will be held throughout the day, including musket and rifle demonstrations along with children's militia drills. Camps will be open all day-living history interpreters will demonstrate trades and crafts, 18th-century medicine, cooking, fife and drum, and more. A guided lantern tour will be held Saturday evening to tour along the Battlefield Trail. Living history interpreters will tell about the night after the battle using actual accounts from participants of the battle.

On Monday, Kings Mountain will honor those who fell in the Battle of Kings Mountain.  A wreath laying ceremony will be held at the US Monument and Overmountain Victory Trail Marchers will be onsite in the afternoon followed by a keynote address by author John Buchannan who wrote The Road to Guilford Courthouse: The American Revolution in the Carolinas.

For more information on admission fees and exact hours for all events, visit the Upstate Revolutionary War Weekend website

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