Experience America's history up close at Hillsborough's Annual Revolutionary War Living History Day!
Each February, the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough invites the public to attend a day of living history events to commemorate the occupation of Hillsborough by British General Lord Charles Cornwallis
and his 1,900-man army on Feb. 20, 1781. After several years in action, Cornwallis’s men came to Hillsborough seeking respite and to enlist loyalists. After six days they left with few if any new recruits, and before year’s end the general surrendered at Yorktown, effectively ending the war in the colonies.
This Year's Events will include:
A Tour of Colonial-era sites in Hillsborough
Performances by Carolina Colonial Dancers
Spinning and weaving demonstrations at the Orange County Historical Museum
Children's activities at the Visitor's Center from the General Davie branch of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Occaneechi life and traditional tools and weapons demonstrations by John “Blackfeather” Jeffries.
Demonstrations of Military Drills by Members of Helyar's Company, 7th Regiment of Foot,throughout the day that will include portrayals of the life of British soldiers.
A Tour of Regulator Sites throughout Hillsborough. Including stops at the old courthouse location, the former site of Edmund Fanning’s home, and the Regulator hanging site.
A reading and book signing at the Visitor's Center by Novelist Suzanne Adair. She will read from her Michael Stoddard American Revolution series. Books will be available for sale before and after the reading.