242nd Anniversary

Thomas Jefferson called the October 7, 1780 battle “the turn of the tide of success;” it was the first Patriot victory following Charleston’s British invasion earlier that year and a major morale booster.

Kings Mountain National Military Park is a 4,000-acre battle site featuring a 1.5-mile trail following the old patriot lines, exhibit area, and 20-minute intro video shown every 45 minutes.

Join members of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of the Revolution, Colonial Dames, Children of the American Revolution, and more as we celebrate the 242nd anniversary of the battle of Kings Mountain.

October 7, 2022 – 242nd Anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain
11 AM – Wreath Laying Ceremony at US Monument
3 PM – Arrival of Overmountain Victory Trail Marchers at Amphitheater
7 PM – Guided Lantern Tour Walks. Reservations Required
They will begin taking reservations 2 weeks prior to event (September 23, 2022). Call 864-936-7921 x 3 to reserve your spot.

October 8 – 9 – Anniversary Encampment
Living History Interpreters, guided tours, children’s activities, weapons demonstrations and more.

Saturday October 8 event from 10 am- 4 pm, Sunday October 9 event from 10 am – 3 pm.


Need a refresher on Revolutionary War history?
Upcountry South Carolina played an integral role in America’s independence. (excerpted from this article)

The Revolutionary War for American independence (1775-1783) was won in the South. Several key battles were won in South Carolina, particularly in the mountainous Upcountry region, where locals also fought over opposing views. The fighting began with the Battle of Lexington and Concord in 1775 and lasted through the Battle of Yorktown in 1781. After setbacks in the North, British troops brought the fight South, betting on support from Southern loyalists and hoping to enlist slaves to support their cause. Ultimately, Colonial forces prevailed, and the United States of America freed itself from crown rule. The Treaty of Paris in 1783 officially ended the war.

The Southern Campaign (1778-1781), which occurred during the second half of the Revolutionary War, was a mix of strategic battles and guerilla warfare in Virginia, Georgia, North and South Carolina. Several decisive victories occurred in South Carolina. Over 200 Revolutionary War battles and skirmishes took place in South Carolina—more than in any other colony! While it would be challenging to visit every battlefield and all 495 historical markers across the state, key sites in the Upcountry draw history buffs year-round. 

Today, you can tour several battlefields and historic sites in the Upcountry that played important roles in American history: Kings Mountain National Military Park, Cowpens National Battlefield, Walnut Grove Plantation, Musgrove Mill State Historic Site, Oconee Station State Historic Site, and Overmountain Victory Trail. In addition, learn about some locals who had key roles in the Revolutionary War, including Andrew Pickens, for whom an Upcountry county is named. See reenactors, hear presentations, see demonstrations, and more when visiting during a special event.


Visit these Revolutionary War Battlefields & Historic Sites in Upcountry South Carolina