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Battle of Ramsour’s Mill festivities begin today

 

SARAH LOWERY

Staff Writer

 

The annual re-enactment of the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill will take place this weekend, marking the 233rd anniversary of the historical American Revolutionary War event.

Sponsored by the city of Lincolnton and Lincoln County, the re-enactment has free admission and includes period demonstrations of brickmaking, blacksmithing and music, a presentation by local historian Daniel W. Barefoot, theatrical performances and a “Fourth Wall” program, during which first-person and primary accounts from statements made after the original battle will be read to visitors by re-enactors.

The weekend’s festivities will kick off tonight with a ghost walk, led by Barefoot, around the battleground site, located at 301 Jeb Seagle Drive behind Lincolnton High School. The walk, scheduled to last from 8:30-10 p.m., starts at the main log building and includes stops at the Whig Captains’ Grave, Mass Grave, John Martin Shuford’s Grave and other key historic resources on the site.

Tickets for the ghost walk, which will also be offered at the same time and location Saturday night, are $5 a person, and those interested can reserve them by calling (704) 748-9090 or emailing lcmh@bellsouth.net.

They may also be purchased the night of the event at the main log building where the walks start.

Though the walk will be lined with lanterns, participants may bring flashlights and are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes.

The battlefield camp will open Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10 a.m., with the battle re-enactment set to start both days at 1:45 p.m. Food will also be available.

“We anticipate between 1,500 to 2,000 visitors, and this number is based on attendance at past years’ (events),” said Jason Harpe, executive director of the Lincoln County Historical Association.

He expects between 50 and 75 re-enactors from various units to participate.

“Howard Burnham will be back again this year portraying Lord Cornwallis on Saturday, and General Thomas ‘Gamecock’ Sumter on Sunday,” Harpe said.

Miss Kitty Wilson-Evans will be offering her slavery interpretation, as well.

This year, a commemorative powder horn will also be raffled off. Donated and made by Mark Ewing of Lincolnton, the horn has a “beehive” style plug made from an elm tree in Lincoln County, with the tip made of cow horn. Raffle tickets are $1 each and may be purchased beginning today.

For more information, visit www.RamsoursMill.org.

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