A state historical marker will be dedicated that highlights the role of the Crockett brothers, western Virginia frontiersmen, in helping to secure victory in the American Revolution, especially during the last two years of the war, in 1780 and 1781.
The Eastmont Community Foundation and the Meadowbrook Museum of History, sponsor of the marker, will dedicate the sign during a pageant-filled public ceremony on Sunday, October 17, starting at 2 p.m., at the historical Crockett Farm, today’s Rivermont Farm, located at 847 Alleghany Spring Road, Shawsville, in Montgomery County. Parking for the event is available behind the farmhouse and in adjacent fields. The sponsors encourage attendees to bring a lawn chair.
Event speakers will include Montgomery County Board of Supervisors chair Steve Fijalkowski; Virginia Tech associate professor Dan Thorp; Mac Sammons of Rivermont Farm; and the Rev. Terry C. Blevins. Local Scout Troops will help lead the dedication ceremony with the Posting of Colors and the Pledge of Allegiance. Local Daughters and Sons of the American Revolution chapters and the Scouts will unveil the historic marker. The Fincastle Company, 18th-century living history interpreters, will fire volleys honoring the Crocketts and other Southwest Virginia soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War as well as the signers of the Fincastle Resolutions, a document sent to the Virginia delegation of the First Continental Congress in support of the American colonists’ political rights.
The day’s events will also see the dedication of a sign recognizing Rivermont Farm as a Century Farm, a program of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Rivermont is the sixth Century Farm so-recognized in Montgomery County.