The Revolutionary War Days Committee of Historic Burke Foundation has announced that plans for events associated with the 2020 Annual Revolutionary War Days, tentatively scheduled for the last week of September and the first week of October, have been cancelled due to Covid-19. The events include two living history days for Burke County fourth graders, originally scheduled for September 22 and 24, the commemorative Crossing of the Catawba, originally scheduled for Saturday, October 3, and the living history day at the Charles McDowell House, originally scheduled for Sunday, October 4. This annual event commemorates the Overmountain Men from Virginia, what is now Tennessee, and North Carolina who met at Quaker Meadows Plantation, home of Burke Militia Leader Colonel Charles McDowell, on September 30, 1780 and who forded the Catawba River at Greenlee Ford on October 1, 1780 as they pursued British Major Patrick Ferguson. On October 7, 1780, this group of volunteers met and defeated Ferguson and his troops at Kings Mountain, SC in what was a major turning point in the American Revolution.
The Revolutionary War Days Committee will reveal plans later this summer for some new and novel ways to commemorate the victory at Kings Mountain this fall without jeopardizing the safety of anyone. Information will be shared on this website.