The Fight for Freedom Reaches Rutherfordton
The Overmountain soldiers marched through Rutherford County on October 3-5, 1780 on their way to meet Major Patrick Ferguson at the Battle of Kings Mountain. This battle took place October 7, 1780, and was the turning point of the Revolutionary War. The trail of their march has since become known as the “Overmountain Victory Trail.” It became the second national historical trail in America; signed into law by then President Jimmy Carter, on October 7, 1980. This is a national historical honor for Rutherford County, as part of the trail passes through the county.