The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

October 15, 2013

Colonial Life to be Focus of Alamance Battleground Oct. 14-18


CNHI News Service

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 — BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Nearly 2,000 students from across North Carolina will visit Alamance Battleground State Historic Site for a unique living history experience during its annual Colonial Living Week on Oct. 14-18. Costumed interpreters will bring alive the day-to-day life of the American colonial era for those in attendance. This firsthand, historical experience is free and open to the public. Groups with 10 or more must make reservations. Donations are appreciated and welcomed.

 

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, the interpreters will demonstrate period skills such as open-fire cooking, candlemaking, quill pen writing, chair caning and blacksmithing. Those attending can meet a horn maker who will be demonstrating the art of scrimshaw. Musket and once-a-day cannon firings by colonial soldiers promise to create excitement. Visits can be made with a staff surgeon who will talk about medical practices of the day. The students will also have the opportunity to operate an apple cider press and sample the product resulting from their hard work.

 

Alamance Battleground State Historic Site, a part of the Division of State Historic Sites within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, is where the colonial North Carolina militia, under the command of Royal Governor William Tryon, defeated the Regulators at the Battle of Alamance May 16, 1771. Revolutionaries during the American Revolution used the invaluable insight gained from the battle about armed resistance.

 

Alamance Battleground is six miles south of I-85/I-40, exit 143, on N.C. 62 in Burlington. For information or reservations, please call (336) 227-4785, email alamance@ncdcr.gov or visit the site's website www.alamancebattleground.nchistoricsites.org.