SANFORD – See one of America’s most authentic Revolutionary War re-enactments on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4-5, at the House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site. The event was chosen as one of America’s Top 20 events for August in the southeastern U.S. by the Southeast Tourism Society. While the event is free, donations are gratefully accepted.
The battle re-enactment at 4 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday will recreate the events of July 29, 1781, when British loyalist Col. David Fanning attacked the home of patriot Revolutionary Col. Philip Alston. Visitors can see large bullet holes from the battle that marks the house to this day.
Militia demonstrations and periodic firings of a replica 18th century cannon are scheduled throughout the day, Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Blacksmithing, gun engraving, weaving, and other period crafts also will be presented. Children can enjoy period games while parents peruse handmade pottery on display. Several suttlers (traders) will sell 18th century replica goods.
The mission of the House in the Horseshoe is to preserve and interpret the history of the battle at the House in the Horseshoe, the Revolutionary War in the North Carolina backcountry, and the life of Governor Benjamin Williams, who later owned the house. For more information on the re-enactment or the site, call (910) 947-2051.