Come to Morganton Saturday, Sept. 29, and Sunday, Sept. 30 for the Historic Burke Foundation’s annual Revolutionary War Days. Revolutionary War Days are a time of remembrance, and a time to honor the role of Burke County in the American Revolution, particularly the victory at Kings Mountain which, according to Thomas Jefferson, “was the joyful annunciation of that turn of the tide of success which terminated the Revolutionary War with the seal of our independence.”

The events happening during the Revolutionary Weekend in Morganton are listed below:

Saturday, September 29128 Greenlee Ford Rd, Morganton, NC 11:00 am: Crossing of the Catawba at Greenlee Ford

The public is invited to gather on the banks of the Catawba River behind Judge’s Restaurant, 128 Greenlee Ford Road, for the fourth commemorative crossing of the river.  This will mark the 238th anniversary of the 1780 crossing by the Overmountain Men on the way to the Battle at Kings Mountain.  A brief program will follow, with presentation of colors by the Freedom High School ROTC, presentation of colors by Sons of the American Revolution, a speaker, and fife and drum players.

12:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Children are invited to learn and play colonial children’s games throughout the afternoon program. There will be speakers as well as colonial music and dancing. Meals will be available for $10.00 inside the shed above the outdoor stage at Judge’s Restaurant or guests may order meals from inside the restaurant.

Sunday, September 30119 St. Mary’s Church Road, Morganton, NC 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm: “A Time to Remember and Honor” at the Charles McDowell House

Enjoy tours of the Charles McDowell House, sample food made from colonial recipes, sip Loyalist and Patriot tea, hear stories about Revolutionary War heroes and heroines, watch demonstrations of colonial domestic and military skills, hear colonial music, join in colonial dancing, and so much more.

The event is sponsored by the Historic Burke Foundation and is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the Historic Burke Foundation at 828-437-4104 or Linda Lindsey at 828-448-2923 or visit or

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