Greene County, once a part of North Carolina, is celebrating 230 years this Friday, April 26.
The North Carolina legislature formed Greene County in 1783.
Now, more than two centuries later, citizens will kick off the celebration of this occasion at the Nathanael Greene Museum with an open house and reception in honor of General Nathanael Greene, for whom the county is named.
While the general never actually visited Greene County, Dan McMichael, of Pine Mountain Valley, Ga., will portray General Greene from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday for the reception at the museum.
Also present will be the Rev. George Cobb, of Cedar Bluff, Ala. Bluff will portray the Rev. Samuel Doak, who delivered sermons by the Big Spring as early as 1780, in what was then the future Greene County.
Doak is known, in part, for his fiery send-off of the Overmountain Men at Sycamore Shoals as they left for Kings Mountain, and a battle that would change the course of the Revolutionary War and help lead to American independence.
Cobb will once again deliver Doak's send-off sermon for those visiting the museum, located at 101 W. McKee St.
Saturday, April 27, will dawn with Revolutionary War reenactors camped in Fox Park, located on the corner of McKee and Main streets, near the Andrew Johnson Homestead.
Greeneville Mayor W.T. Daniels will launch the celebration [WHEN?] with the firing of a period cannon.
The Tennessee Society Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard and the Washington County Militia Regiment will place the colors.
The national president of the Descendants of the Battle of Kings Mountain, the state SAR president, the state brigade commander for the Society of the Descendants of Washington's Army at Valley Forge, along with leaders of other state and local historical organizations, will present remarks in the program.
A rifle volley by the Washington County Militia Regiment from Sycamore Shoals will conclude the program.
The story of the Overmountain Men, which included at least 26 future Greene Countians, will be told at 11:30 a.m.
Then, at 1:30 p.m., in front of the Babb Cabin the story of the founding of Greene County will unfold, including how the "Father of Greene County," Daniel Kennedy, and "Foster Father" Waightstill Avery hatched the plan to carve the new county out of Washington County, N.C.
It was a plan that would meet great opposition.
Throughout the day, there will also be firearms demonstrations by rifleman and period firearms expert Dan McMichael.
Roy Collier will portray Dr. James McHenry as he relates and demonstrates medical practices of the period.
McHenry served as a military surgeon during the Revolutionary War.
Captured by the British late in 1776 at Fort Washington, N.Y., McHenry was paroled early the next year, when he rejoined the American forces then encamped at Valley Forge, Pa.
'STAY FOR THE DAY'
Guests to the festivities are invited to bring a lawn chair and stay all day for a full 1783 experience.
Indian Tacos and dessert items will be available for purchase starting at noon.
Living history camps will continue until 3 p.m.
In case of inclement weather, the 10 a.m. ceremony will be held in the gym at the Nathanael Greene Museum.
SUNDAY SERVICE, GARDEN
A Brush Arbor Service will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Sunday, in "the Hole" just up the street from Christ United Methodist Church.
Early settlers constructed brush arbors to provide rudimentary shelter during extended revivals and church services.
A dedication of the Heritage Garden at Fox Park will follow the service.
The full weekend lineup includes:
FRIDAY AT THE MUSEUM
* 5-7 p.m.: Reception at the Nathanael Greene Museum with reenactors as Gen. Nathanael Greene and the Rev. Samual Doak.
Capt. Sam Doak, of Greeneville, a retired U.S. Naval officer and a direct descendant of the Rev. Samuel Doak, will also be present.
SATURDAY AT FOX PARK
* 9:45 a.m.: Firing of the cannon, posting of the colors.
* 10 a.m.: Formal program with greetings from historical organizations; Sons Of The American Revolution color guard. (Nathanael Greene Museum as inclement weather location.)
* 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Living history campus.
*11:30 a.m.: "Turning of the Tide -- The Story of the Overmountain Men."
* Noon: Rifle demonstration, food available.
* 1:30 p.m.: The story of the birth of Greene County. Event at the Babb Cabin.
* 2 p.m.: Rifle demonstration.
* 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.: Brush Arbor Service in "the Hole" up the street from Christ United Methodist Church.
* Following the service: Heritage Garden Dedication in Fox Park.