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Abingdon Muster Grounds, Abingdon

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In the summer of 1780, the Southern American colonies - and hopes of independence - seemed at the mercy of an invading British army. A militia was formed on the western frontier, today know as the Overmountain Men. A brave group of some 400 volunteers came to the Abingdon Muster Grounds to begin their journey. The Virginians joined militia from modern day Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina, and the Overmountain Men gave chase to British Major Patrick Ferguson, surrounding his army on Kings Mountain, SC.

In little over an hour, they killed or captured his entire command. Kings Mountain was the beginning of the successful end to the Revolution, assuring independence for the United States of America.

The Keller Interpretive Center is located within the 9-acre Muster Grounds, and is the premier center for Colonial Backcountry history from the American Revolutionary period in Southwest Virginia. Exhibits help visitors discover what life was like for the Overmountain Men, Backcountry Women, African-Americans and Native Americans, as well as British Loyalists, and a history of Washington County - the Overmountain region of Southwest Virginia. Artifacts used at the Battle of Kings Mountain and others from the late 18th-century Overmountain region are on display.

The Keller Interpretive Center is open from 9-5 daily. The Grounds and the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail are open from dawn-dusk.
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  • Wonderful museum with knowledgeable staff. The grounds are well-maintained with excellent signage. Very nicely done!  more »
  • The exhibit is very small, but standing on the ground gives a strong sense of history. Also the day we were there they had an excellent interpreter who took the time to give us an extensive summary...  more »
  • While we were there for the Civil War reenactment as part of the highlands festival in the area, the Muster grounds hold a long history stretching back to the revolutionary period. The museum on site provides a lot of information of not only the history of the grounds, but the conditions that people faced back then. It is well worth the visit, especially if you enjoy history.
  • Very beautiful park with a walking trail and a little gift shop. The staff are so friendly and helpful.

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