People from a dozen states will gather Saturday and Sunday for the celebration and reenactment of the Battle of Ramsourâ€™s Mill.
â€œEvery year the crowds have gotten larger,â€ said Lincoln County Historical Coordinator Darrel Harkey. â€œItâ€™s contagious, itâ€™s infectious.â€ The annual event started in 1994.
Since then, the historical site has undergone much restoration. Christopher Reindhardtâ€™s cabin has been renovated and much of the Tuskegee road, a major route at the time, has been cleared.
â€œThis was one of the furthermost settlements west,â€ said Harkey. â€œAll the western states were wilderness. This is as far as you got from the sea.â€
In addition, the Historic Properties Commission was awarded a $50,000 grant to build trails, parking, and restroom facilities. â€œEventually, it will be connected to the city park,â€ said Harkey.
All of the work was done with donated money. â€œWeâ€™re doing all of this work without raising taxes, without costing anybody anythingâ€ vowed Harkey. â€œAnd as we add more, people will want to donate more.â€
These renovations come after decades of obscurity for the site. Much of the battlefield is now taken up by schools.
The battlefield became the third historical site designated in North Carolina in the 1930s. Saturdayâ€™s celebration will mark the 224th anniversary of the battle.
Among the activities planned, Doug Mayes, â€œthe Walter Cronkite of the south,â€ will speak and a more realistic reenactment of the battle than last yearâ€™s will be performed. A â€˜ghost walkâ€™ around the trail will take place in the evening. Free barbecue will be provided for lunch for all that attend.
The living history camp will display weaving, cooking, and medicine as practiced in those times.
â€œFor a lot of the procedures, you would be surprised. Theyâ€™re still amputating legs and arms the same way today,â€ Harkey said. â€œItâ€™s just sterile and a lot less painful.â€
Also on display will be various flags. Harkey said 99.9 percent of people wouldnâ€™t recognize the first American flag.
â€œItâ€™s educational for the kids and interesting to the parents,â€ Harkey said. â€œI guarantee itâ€™s more fun than a day at Carowindsâ€”and itâ€™s free.â€
9 a.m. – Camp opens to public
10 a.m. – Opening ceremony: Emcee: Mr. Doug Mayes
11:30 a.m. – Free barbecue lunch served until 1:00 PM
2 p.m. – Sons of the American Revolution ceremony at the mass graves site
3 p.m. – Nicholas and Philip Warlick remembered at the grave site
4 p.m. – Battle of Ramsourâ€™s Mill re-enacted on camp site
7:30 p.m. – Ghost Walk around the battlefield (Wear appropriate shoes and clothing and bring a flashlight.)
9 a.m. – Camp opens
11 a.m. – Old fashioned church service at mass grave site. Seating provided
2 p.m.: – Battle of Ramsourâ€™s Mill re-enacted
4 p.m. – Camp closesby Caleb Hawkins