See the Powerful War Drama of the Battle that Changed the Course of the American Revolution.

Penned by renowned author and playwright Robert Inman.

Summer 2015 Performance Dates:
June 26 and 27, and July 3, 10, 11, 17, & 18 at 7:30 PM
June 27 and 28, and July 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, & 19 at 3:00 PM
Tickets: $15 each

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Proudly sponsored by Patrick Yarn Mills.

 

 

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Liberty Mountain documents the events leading up to the Battle of Kings Mountain on the 7th of October 1780.

By the Fall of 1780, the British were winning the War for American Independence in the southern colonies.  They had captured Charleston and Charlotte, set up outposts throughout upstate South Carolina, and were preparing to march through North Carolina and Virginia to deal a death blow to George Washington’s Continental Army.

And then came Kings Mountain.  On the afternoon of October 7, 1780 nearly a thousand American Patriots from both Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia and Virginia surrounded the low ridge known as Kings Mountain, near the line dividing the two Carolinas, and surprised a force of Loyalists led by British major Patrick Ferguson.  Within an hour they had killed Ferguson and destroyed his force.

“Liberty Mountain” is the story of the hardy Scots-Irish who fled poverty and persecution in Europe, settling the Carolinas and staking their claim to a new life where they could raise their families, prosper, and worship as they pleased.  They were the backbone of the Patriot cause in the southern colonies, battling sometimes overwhelming odds to stake their claim to an independent America.

When faced with a direct threat to their lives and liberty, they marched for days across mountains, through harsh weather, to join forces and mount their assault.  They were volunteers, fierce veterans of Indian wars, facing a larger, well-trained Loyalist force.  Yet they prevailed, and their victory turned the tide of the Revolution.  The British retreated from Charlotte, and a year later surrendered at Yorktown, Virginia.

“Liberty Mountain” brings to the stage the lives of these American pioneers – men, women and children – who meant to be free and would not be denied.

Engraving depicting the death of Patrick Ferguson, from a painting by Alonzo Chappel

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Overmountain Men

Although there was no official roster nor paper work, it is estimated that the 900 or so Overmountain Men
comprised The Patriot Army and was from a combination of local Militias throughout the Appalachian region.

  • 270 North Carolinians 30%
  • 240 Tennessee 26%
  • 200 Viginians 22%
  • 130 South Carolinians 14%
  • 30 Georgians 2%

Loyalist Army

Although there is no surviving paper work due to the destruction from battle, it was well known that Major Patrick Ferguson’s army comprised entirely of native militia from several states.

  • 708 South Carolinians 73%
  • 118 Provincials (NY/NJ) 13%
  • 100 North Carolinians 11%
  • 32 Unknown 3%
  • 1 British (Maj. Ferguson) 0.001%

Fatalities During the Battle

Patriots Lost 28  Loyalists Lost 225

DAYS after the Battle of Kings Mountain, General Cornwallis would surrender his British Army to General Washington at Yorktown, Virginia. 12 months and 12 days after the battle, the American Revolution would be over.

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PERCENT of colonist who were Loyalist. Many families were divided, with some brothers or fathers fighting for either the Loyalists and some for the Patriots.

 

The Patriots wore white paper in their hats, the Loyalists used a pine sprig in their hats. As the battle of Kings Mountain went on many Loyalists tore out their pine sprig to switch sides.

Liberty Mountain ends its summer run

With this weeks final performance taking place Sunday, July 19 at 3:00pm, “Liberty Mountain” ends its first summer production, and by any measure, it has been a huge success. Some thoughts about the summer run and a look at the future: Audiences for the 15 performances have been large and enthusiastic. Ticket sales show us that the appeal of “Liberty Mountain” goes well beyond the immediate area of Cleveland and Gaston counties. Typical is the family that traveled from Raleigh to see a performance after hearing about it through a Sons of the American Revolution chapter. As the word continues to spread in the months ahead, the play will draw an ever wider regional and national audience. The production has been superb, with a cast and crew led by director Caleb Sigmon. Audience members who saw a performance during the premier run last October universally agree that the summer production has been bigger and better. The cast is a fine blend of talented local actors and our Core Artist program of college theatre students. We continue to learn from our experience, and the challenge will be to make next summer’s run even more special. The economic impact on this area is significant, and will become even more so in the future. Restaurants, motels and other businesses report increased sales during the 4-weekend production that we can attribute to the play’s draw. The experience of other similar dramas in our region – “Horn In The West,” “The Lost Colony” – prove that a production such as ours makes this area a destination for visitors and becomes a significant industry. The support... read more

Liberty Mountain ends with patriotic importance

“The Battle lasted for only an hour.  One bloody, savage hour that echoed through the colonies, across oceans, into time itself… an hour that changed everything.”  These are the words that open up each performance of “Liberty Mountain” the Revolutionary Drama by Robert Inman.  The fast-paced epic drama is promised to keep you on the edge of your seat.  Our hope is that seeing our play will be an hour that you will never forget. We are telling a story that America needs to hear.  We are in rough times of dispute and disagreement.  I believe that we all should take an hour to fully reflect on what our nation was founded upon, what these men and women fought for, what people have died for.  What it truly means to be free. With over one thousand audience members coming through the doors of the Joy Performance Center last weekend, the majority of them had travelled in from out-of-town.  Some folks drove in from Raleigh, Boone and Wilmington, others travelling from places as far as Massachusetts and Sacramento, California.  We hope that for our closing weekend, we will draw our biggest local crowd. One of our leading actresses, Mary Grace Keller, says, “Lots of people have told me they saw the show last year, and I tell them, no… you haven’t seen THIS show!”  We have received rave reviews about how the new additions to the drama for its 2015 season.  A historian from New England said after last Saturday’s matinee, “Bob Inman has done a superb job of weaving this story about people that have made a huge sacrifice... read more

Ferguson’s profound effects on history

Amazing, isn’t it, how what seems to be a minor action by one person can have profound effects on history.  That’s one of the central themes of “Liberty Mountain,” the Revolutionary War drama now in the third weekend of its summer production at the Joy Performance Center in Kings Mountain.  It was a decision by British Major Patrick Ferguson that led directly to the Battle of Kings Mountain in 1780 and turned the tide of the American struggle for independence. Ferguson is played superbly in our drama by actor Jeremy Homesley, who portrays the Major as a bold, decisive leader who nevertheless made two blunders that led to the defeat of his Loyalist militia and his own death on the mountain on an October day in 1780. Ferguson began his military career in his teens and earned a reputation as a resourceful and innovative officer.  He was considered the finest marksman in the British army, and invented a breech-loading rifle that could fire quickly and accurately.  Had the Army leadership adopted his rifle for widespread use, it could have had a significant impact on the Revolution.  But the Army stuck with the musket, which was inaccurate but cheap to manufacture.  That, too would have an impact at Kings Mountain. In 1780, the British commander in the southern colonies, Lord Cornwallis, selected Ferguson to recruit and train a regiment of Loyalist militia in the upstate area of South Carolina.  Cornwallis already held Charleston and had established strong outposts in the state.  His plan was to capture Charlotte, march north through North Carolina and Virginia, attack and defeat the Continental Army,... read more

Liberty Mountain Opens with a BOOM!

Over 700 audience members chose to end our production with a standing ovation, whistling and cheering at the end of Opening Weekend. The climactic and emotional finale, new to the 2015 production, will have you standing on your feet. One audience member said, “With my heart in my throat and tears in my eyes, it reminded me how proud I am to be an American.” Robert Inman’s epic battle drama “Liberty Mountain” has triumphantly returned to Kings Mountain, better and bigger than before. On Opening Night, Mayor Rick Murphrey stood in front of a full-house at the Joy Performance Center and declared June 26th “Liberty Mountain Day!” This exciting news was just the beginning of an incredibly memorable kickoff weekend. At the Opening Night Gala, I had the opportunity to speak with a great number of theatregoers and supporters of the show. Returning audience members loved the new changes and additions in this summer’s production. People that didn’t see last year’s World Premiere were floored by the professional quality of the performances. Audiences for this season are in for a special treat. The artistic and onstage team of over 30 actors and designers are thrilled to have started performances. “It’s exciting… like Christmas!” Says Pete DeGregory, who plays a leading role in the production. “I think of it as a little child that sees the tree being put up, and slowly, presents underneath it. We stay at that level of anticipation. Then, when the audience finally arrives, it’s Christmas morning. We get to open our presents!” Roy Lightfoot, another actor in the show, chimed in. “We get 15 Christmas... read more

The Hambright’s Valor and Family Legacy

For many in our audiences at “Liberty Mountain,” the Revolutionary War drama now in performance at King’s Mountain’s Joy Performance Center, it’s a very personal experience. Many tell me that they are descended from the families who settled the Carolinas in the 1700’s, and some from men who fought at the Battle of Kings Mountain in October, 1780. Among them are the members of the Patrick Family, descended from one of the heroes of the battle. Their ancestor, Lt. Col. Frederick Hambright, led a contingent of Patriots known as the “South Fork Boys” who came from what is now Cleveland, Lincoln, and Gaston counties. At the beginning of the fight Hambright’s force was positioned along the northeast corner of the mountain, astride the only possible escape route for the Loyalist defenders. As the battle commenced, the South Fork Boys came under intense fire. One of their leaders, Major Chronicle, was killed almost instantly. Hambright rallied the troops and attacked up the hill. He was shot and seriously wounded, but kept leading his troops until the victory was won. The battle and Hambright’s valor are part of the family legacy, and that is part of the reason brothers Larry and Gilbert Patrick and Gilbert’s wife Jancy are intimately involved in the production of “Liberty Mountain.” Their family business, Patrick Yarn Mills, is the lead sponsor of the play, providing essential financial support. The Patricks’ mother, a direct descendant of Frederick Hambright, passed along stories of her ancestor’s bravery and the importance of the battle to the winning of the Revolutionary War. “She even had a relic from the battle,” Larry... read more

Joy Theatre Box Office Hours

Online tickets sales are increasing, so don’t wait too long before getting yours! For those who have issues with the online purchase, we will be maintaining the following schedule of evening box office hours at the Joy Performance Center. Monday, June 15 thru Thursday, June 18 from 7 PM until 9 PM & Monday, June 22 thru Thursday, June 25 from 7 PM until... read more