More than 1,700 students from across North Carolina will see that history can be both interesting and fun at Alamance Battleground State Historic Site during its 32nd annual Colonial Living Week through October 12. The week-long living history event features costumed interpreters who will recreate and introduce those in attendance to colonial life in the eighteenth century.
Open-fire cooking, candlemaking, quill pen writing, chair caning and blacksmithing are just a few of the demonstrations visitors can see each day between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Colonial soldiers with flintlock muskets and a cannon will also be on hand to showcase militia camp life. A period musician will also play Regulator songs while a staff surgeon will display surgical instruments and discuss period medical practices. An operating cider press offers the young people a chance to make and sample their own apple juice. Questions about men’s and women’s period clothing will be answered by a colonial housewife.
Alamance Battleground State Historic Site is where Royal Governor William Tryon and the colonial North Carolina militia defeated the Regulators at the Battle of Alamance on May 16, 1771. Insight about the use of armed resistance gained from the battle later benefited revolutionaries during the American Revolution.
The Battleground is located on N.C. 62 in Burlington. Call Alamance Battleground at (336) 227-4785, send them an e-mail or check out their website for more information or to make a reservation. This event is free and open to the public, but donations are appreciated.