For the History Buff: Alamance Battleground in North Carolina

Alamance Battleground State Historic Site, North Carolina© 2009 North Carolina Department of Cultural ResourcesDuring the annual 18th-century Live-in & Militia Muster, re-enactors fire flintlock muskets and rifles. Their ancestors were among the first colonists to use armed resistance against the Crown.

5803 S. NC-62, Burlington, North Carolina

On May 16, 1771, more than two years before the Boston Tea Party, a brief revolt here ended in defeat for about 2,000 of the then-colony’s independent Western frontiersmen, who stood in armed rebellion against the royal governor and the colonial militia.

Known as Regulators, these men and their families had been voicing increasing dissatisfaction with the corruption of British rule for years. They began acting on their frustration early in 1771 by refusing to pay taxes. After warnings from the governor, a royal militia was sent to challenge the upstart Regulators.

For all of their justifiable anger, the poorly trained and ineffectively led frontiersmen were unable to prevail against the Crown. Their efforts, however, were not in vain. Their bold use of armed resistance became well known throughout the colonies, and it set the stage for the coming battle for independence.

Flags on the battlefield show where each side stood, and a bronze map explains the events that took place. A granite monument dedicated in 1880 commemorates the battle.

Another attraction on the grounds is the 1780 Allen House, an oak-and-ash log dwelling typical of those built by settlers of the era on this frontier. A clock with wooden gears, a walnut desk, and other original furnishings evoke the homespun comforts of the past. The visitors center displays weapons and uniforms of the time and presents a brief video show.

Expect crowds for the many special events that take place here during Colonial Living Week in mid-October.

Open Mon.–Sat. year-round.

(336) 227-4785

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