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Revolutionary-Era Battle and Brewing at House in the Horseshoe Re-enactment

Aug 5, 2017 @ 9:30 am - Aug 6, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

The drama of the ongoing American Revolution and domestic life that included butchering livestock and brewing beer are among moments captured from the past at the 236th anniversary of the House in the Horseshoe Battle Re-enactment Aug. 5-6. See how the mutual hatred of patriot Philip Alston and British loyalist David Fanning sparked a skirmish in the summer of 1781.

Musket and cannon firing drills, tomahawk throwing, Revolutionary War militia camps and a wreath-laying ceremony by the Sons of the American Revolution are among the many activities planned. On the domestic scene, skillet throwing, weaving, spinning, a discussion on herbs, 18th century butchering, beer brewing, surgeons and medicines will be presented.

Saturday hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The battle re-enactment is at 2 p.m. both days. There will also be food trucks and tours of the Alston House, where bullet holes remain. The program is free; parking is $5.

Spend a day in the 18th century learning about the two leaders and sworn enemies. See the lengths they went to in support of their beliefs. The skirmish between the patriots and the loyalists ended with the surrender of Alston after Fanning’s men attempted to set the house on fire with a wagon of burning hay.

The House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site is located at 288 Alston Road, Sanford. All public buildings are accessible to people with disabilities.

House in the Horseshoe is part of the Division of State Historic Sites within the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, www.ncdcr.gov.



Aug 5, 2017 @ 9:30 am
Aug 6, 2017 @ 5:00 pm