Kings Mountain National Military Park preserves the site of one of the bitterest battles during the American Revolution: the Battle of Kings Mountain; an engagement pitting colonial militia versus loyalist militia. Visitors to the park have a tradition of placing rocks on the grave of British Colonel Patrick Ferguson, who led the loyalists during the battle, and fell in combat.
Kings Mountain State Park, features a living history farm, showcasing the lifestyle of the area’s early pioneers. Buildings built by park staff recreate the architectural vernacular of the period. Each September the farm is the site of a festival known as “Pioneer Days,” which features music, traditional crafts, and a muzzleloaders’ competition.