Fourth grade students at Polk Central Elementary School recently had a chance to step back in time and learn about the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail.

The Overmountain Victory Association arranged for a group of re-enactors to meet with the fourth graders and join them for a walk on part of the trail. Stretching 330 miles through four states, the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail traces the route used by patriot militia during the pivotal Kings Mountain campaign of 1780.

Students learned about how Overmountain men from the area joined the militia to help defeat British commander Patrick Ferguson at Kings Mountain, helping turn the Revolutionary War in favor of the Americans.

Students study North Carolina history as part of the state curriculum, making the trip a perfect learning opportunity for the fourth graders.