country with fire and sword.” The Overmountain Men defeated Ferguson in just over an hour in the epic battle of King’s Mountain. In January 1781 they participated in the Battle of Cowpens.



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3D Images of Fort Watauga, Sycamore Springs Historic Park

Four years prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Sycamore Shoals in 1772,,became “the first free and independent community on the continent,” In 1775, Judge Richard Henderson negotiated the Transylvania Purchase, with the Cherokee leaders at Sycamore Shoals. In 1776 Fort Watauga was built here.. On September 25, 1780, Sycamore Shoals was the muster site of the Overmountain Men,  who set out to find British Major Patrick Ferguson,  who had threatened to "hang your leaders and lay waste to your