Area national park events could be cancelled

Pending government shut-down
Oct. 01, 2013 @ 04:20 AM

If the government has shut down, possibly at 12 a.m. Tuesday, people planning to visit Cowpens National Battlefield and Kings Mountain National Military Park this weekend will not be able to go. The gates at the national parks across the country will be closed.

This weekend is the annual commemoration of the Carolinas' role in the independence of the United States with the reenactments of the Overmountain Victory Trail marchers.

The overmountain men will be at Gilbert Town on Thursday, Oct. 3 to present programs to the county's eighth graders.

Cowpens National Battlefield, Kings Mountain National Military Park, the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, and Walnut Grove Plantation have teamed up to to present "An Upstate Revolutionary War Weekend" from Friday, October 4 to Monday, October 7.

A spokesperson at the Cowpens Visitor's Center said the national park will be closed if the government shuts down and there will be no festivals at Cowpens, Walnut Grove or Kings Mountain.

The Upstate Revolutionary War Weekend is planned to begin with the FestiFall at Walnut Grove Plantation in Roebuck,S.C. at 7 p.m. October 4 with a family-friendly lantern tour to the plantation's cemetery and past vignettes telling different stories of the Revolutionary period.

FestiFall's family fun continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 5 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 6 with the re-enactment of a Revolutionary War skirmish at noon on Saturday and 2:30 on Sunday.

 Admission to FestiFall is $9 for adults, $5 for ages 6-17, and free for ages 5 and under.

Cowpens National Battlefield near Chesnee, S.C, will start events on Saturday, October 5. Living historians will be at the park throughout the day, giving special presentations at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. 

Events resume Sunday at 3:30 p.m. and the ends with "The Night before Kings Mountain" drama at 6 p.m. All activities at Cowpens National Battlefield are free.

Kings Mountain National Military Park has a full weekend of events to mark the 233rd anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain. There will also be lantern tours.

Starting on October 5 at 9 a.m.,Kings Mountain will hold its Anniversary Encampment including a variety of activities throughout the day, including musket and rifle demonstrations and children's militia drills.

The weekend culminates with the Anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain on Monday, October 7. A commemorative wreath laying ceremony will be held at 11 a.m.

That afternoon the Overmountain Victory Trail Marchers will arrive at 3 p.m. All activities at Kings Mountain National Military Park are free.

For more information about any of the activities taking place during the Upstate Revolutionary War Weekend and for a printable schedule, please visit www.RevWarWeekend or contact Ginny Fowler at Virginia_fowler@nps.gov or at 864-461-2828.