The annual reenactment of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse will be held on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15 at Greensboro Country Park.
The reenactment will take place beginning at 2 p.m. both days, and it is recommended that people park at Jaycee Park. To get to the parking lot, turn off Pisgah Church Road on to Forest Lawn Drive and stay to the right past the Spencer Love Tennis Center. Shuttles will be available to take people to the site of the reenactment.
The Battle of Guilford Courthouse is considered a turning point in the Revolutionary War. Although the American forces fighting under the direction of General Nathanael Greene lost the battle, they inflicted such losses on the British under commander Lord Charles Cornwallis that the battle led to the surrender of the British troops at Yorktown and American independence.
Greensboro, despite the fact that somewhere along the way the third e got dropped, is not named for its green plants and trees, but for General Greene.
The Battle of Guilford Courthouse was fought on March 15, 1781, so this year one of the two reenactments will be held on the actual 239th anniversary of the battle.
Although the reenactment itself takes place at 2 p.m. each day, the reenactment celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and people are invited to come to early and stay late to visit the military encampments, watch the live firearms demonstrations and also purchase crafts and other items from that time period.
The major fighting in the battle took place in what is now Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, but reenactments are not allowed in US national parks, so the reenactment takes place right next door in Greensboro Country Park and is sponsored by the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department.
Pets will not be allowed in Country Park during the reenactment and the Bark Park off-leash dog park will be closed the entire weekend.