Spruce Pine in Mitchell County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
"The Blackwater Men Had Come Over the Mountain"
to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the heroic march
of the "Over the Mountain Men."
When American independence looked hopeless
a citizen army marched thru this mountain gap
to challenge British threats to freedom.
The resulting encounter
so decisively defeated the Royal Forces at Kings Mountain
that hope for independence became a certainty.
Thus did aroused Patriots give the nation
a proud and lasting heritage.
We shall never forget...
United States Department of the Interior
National Park Service
Erected 1980 by United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary.
Location. 35° 51.25′ N, 82° 3.101′ W. Marker is in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, in Mitchell County. Memorial can be reached from Parkway Maintenance Road 0.2 miles west of State Highway 226, on the leftTouch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Spruce Pine NC 28777, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gillespie Gap (within shouting distance of this marker); Spruce Pine Mining District (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Loops (approx. 2 miles away); First Mountain Parkway (approx. 3.1 miles away); Apple Tree (approx. 3.8 miles away); Cathey's Fort (approx. 4 miles away); Penland School (approx. 7.3 miles away); Pleasant Gardens (approx. 10.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spruce Pine.
More about this marker. The Gillespie Gap monument was originally located nearby in McDowell County where the Overmountain Men camped on September 29, 1780. It was relocated in 1955 during construction of the Museum of North Carolina Minerals. The museum was dedicated on June 17, 1955 by Governor Luther Hodges. The “The Blackwater Men Had Come Over the Mountain” marker was added September 29th, 1980.
Also see . . .
1. Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, National Park Service. Marker is recognized as part of the trail. (Submitted on August 28, 2019.)
2. Museum of North Carolina Minerals, Blue Ridge Parkway, National Park Service. The marker is located adjacent to this museum. (Submitted on August 28, 2019.)
3. Gillespie Gap Monument, Spruce Pine, Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina. Link tells history of the Gillespie Gap Monument and the marker. (Submitted on August 28, 2019.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 28, 2019. This page has been viewed 86 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 28, 2019. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.