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Bluff City Middle Heritage Day Celebration

Community Contributor • Updated Oct 13, 2015 at 12:30 PM

BLUFF CITY — The beginning of the end of the Revolutionary War started right here at Bluff City Middle School some 235 years ago. The Overmountain Victory Trail Association (OVTA) and Bluff City Grizzlies once again commemorated and celebrated our ancestor's unequivocal contribution to winning the nation's independence.

This annual event is part of BCMS's annual Heritage Day celebration held each Sept. 24 at the school. In addition to the OVTA, the event is organized by Ambre Torbett, Director of Planning of Sullivan County, and the History Department at BCMS. This event celebrates the victory at Kings Mountain, S.C. Oct. 7, 1780. Major Patrick Ferguson of the British Army had warned the people of this area to "Lay down your arms or I shall march this army over the mountains, hang your leaders and lay waste your country with fire and sword." This is all the men of this area needed to gather as an army and track down Ferguson and his army and destroy it in the Battle of Kings Mountain. Historians and famous Americans of that age such as Thomas Jefferson have credited this battle with leading to the end of the War and independence for America.

The Victory Trail of 330 miles is celebrated as the trails these patriots took from parts of Virginia and modern day Tennessee with stops at such sites as The Pemberton Oak, Rocky Mount and Sycamore Shoals. Bluff City Middle School was designated as an official part of the Victory Trail because part of the trail runs right through the school grounds.

As is stated in the American History classroom, History Runs Through Us! Re-Enactors of the OVTA relate the story to our school each year in dramatic fashion followed up with a victory volley fired form authentic muskets. The Grizzlies participated by submitting well more than 100 posters, models and essays as part of an annual contest. The posters and models are judged by association member and nationally known western artist Richard Luce. Students have the opportunity to feel a little part of history in addition to learning about it.