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Musket fire will fill the air at House in the Horseshoe’s annual battle re-enactment Saturday and Sunday.

NOTE: The Saturday event at the State Capitol has been moved to 10 a.m. More details are on this page.

Revolutionary War musket fire in Sanford, a celebration of Lebanese-American culture in Raleigh and special Civil War-themed tours of the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources this weekend.

The weekend kicks off Thursday with a program highlighting famous and infamous women from North Carolina history hosted by the N.C. Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh and a riveting lecture on the World War II action that took place off the North Carolina coast at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras.

Friday, the fun continues with another round of the Museum of Cape Fear’s popular Arsenal Park tours in Fayetteville and a screening of the Academy Award-winning drama 12 Years a Slave under the stars at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

Saturday, the food and culture of Lebanon will come alive during a family festival at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, right after World War I re-enactors join Gov. Pat McCrory and other officials in kicking of North Carolina commemoration of the centennial of World War I at the State Capitol across the street. Down the road at the N.C. Museum of Art, traditional Chinese music will accompany demonstrations of calligraphy and origami by visiting Chinese high school students, before folk legend Judy Collins performs on the outdoor stage.

Throughout the weekend, the Museum of Art will offer friendly-family tours of its galleries and park, while musket fire and a burning cart light up House in the Horseshoe’s annual Revolutionary War battle re-enactment in Sanford.

Check out DCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

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Meet Redcoats and get other glimpses into what life was like during
the Revolutionary War Saturday in Edenton

Revolutionary War weapons demonstrations in Edenton, a showcase of Civil War camp life in Durham and a rare view of the 13th Amendment in Kinston are just of few of the opportunities for fun and discovery offered by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources this weekend.

Friday, the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville will offer the first round of its annual summer Arsenal Park tours, focusing on the rich Civil War history of the museum’s property, while the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will offer a cruise exploring the marine life of the Crystal Coast region. The N.C. Museum of Art in  Raleigh will screen the funny and poignant film Enough Said. In Kinston, the N.C. Symphony will play a free concert of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and in Goldsboro, the N.C. Arts Council and the Arts Council of Wayne County present a showcase of local musicians and readings from the fantastic African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina guidebook.

Visitors to Historic Edenton Saturday will be able to meet Redcoat and Patriot soldiers, watch weapons demonstrations and experience camp life during the site’s fun-filled historical day focused on the Revolutionary War. In Southport, the N.C. Maritime Museum will offer bicycle tours focusing on this history of its hometown, while the 13th Amendment will make a rare appearance at the CSS Neuse Interpretive Center in Kinston.

In Raleigh, staff from the N.C. Museum of History will tell tales of Blackbeard and other buccaneers while kids have the chance to make pirate-themed crafts. The museum will also present a panel discussion on pottery and the craft’s deep history in the Tar Heel state. Across town, the N.C. Museum of Art will show the fun film Saving Mr. Banks, which tells the story of the making of Mary Poppins, while across the state in Asheville, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial will host Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti for an original reading.

Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Symphony will play two distinct concerts of Mozart’s finest pieces in Cary, and Bennett Place in Durham will showcase Civil War camp life during its interactive living history program.

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The Web site for North Carolina Historic Sites  “invites you to open doors into the past.”  But near the Moore County town of Carthage at the House in the Horseshoe, you don’t even have to open the doors to be transported back to the reality of the Revolutionary War in North Carolina.  The house still has some mighty large bullet holes in it—especially visible around the back door.

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Bullet holes are visible around the back door at the House in the Horseshoe.

On July 29, 1781, the house’s owner Phillip Alston and a small band of patriot militia were besieged there by Tories (forces loyal to the king) under the command of David Fanning.  The attack occurred in the early morning hours and, trapped in his house, Alston ordered his men to barricade the doors and windows.  Fanning posted his men along a split rail fence outside the home and, for several hours, the men exchanged fire with no side gaining a real advantage.

As her house was being riddled by bullets, Temperance Alston, Phillip’s wife, was level-headed enough to hide her children in the chimney, standing them on a table so that their bodies were behind the brickwork.  Just as Fanning was considering retreating, his men found a small wagon in Alston’s barn and he ordered it loaded with hay and set afire with the purpose of pushing it into the house.  In an effort to save the lives of everyone in the inside, Temperance cautiously stepped out and negotiated a surrender.


A scene from one of the reenactments at the House in the Horseshoe in 2011.

This year is the 33rd annual commemoration of the skirmish at the House in the Horseshoe, with a full scale reenactment each day: Saturday Aug. 4 at 4 p.m., and Sunday Aug. 5, at 2 p.m.  There will be also cannon demonstrations, presentations of period crafts and trades, colonial games, and traders selling 18th century replica wares.

This is a fantastic opportunity to be up close to the action—but not so close that you have to put your kids in the chimney!

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