The Lincoln County Historical Association is gearing up for celebrating the 239th anniversary of the Battle at Ramsour's Mill. For the celebration, Ramsour’s Mill Battleground historic site in Lincolnton will be transformed and look much like it did during the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill which was fought on June 20, 1780.
"We celebrate the anniversary of this significant battle that occurred on the landscape that made up Christian Reinhardt's farm in Lincolnton,” said January Withers Costa, the Lincoln County Historical Association’s curator of archaeology and collections. “The battle helped to lower the morale of Loyalists in the south and was pivotal in the success of us gaining our freedom from Britain."
The event begins on Friday, June 7 at 6 p.m. with the ghost walk, which is a re-enactment of the life and times of the people of Lincoln County during the mid-late 1700s. Throughout the walk, actors tell the story of what led up to and occurred during the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill with additional walks throughout both Friday and Saturday evenings.
The celebration will continue at 10 a.m. on Saturday with a wreath laying ceremony sponsored by the North Carolina Society, Sons of the American Revolution and Catawba Valley Chapter Sons of the American Revolution.
On both Saturday and Sunday, throughout the battlefield, there will be tables from the Lincoln County Historical Association, Sons of the American Revolution, North Carolina Archaeological Society and Seven Ages (a history podcast group.) There will also be sutlers selling their items and doing demonstrations which include LCHA Lincoln County Hearth Cooks and spinners in the log building, Banshee Metal Works (blacksmith), Karen Cox (indigo dyeing), the Backcountry Peddler (period clothing, herb products, books, and household items), Peter & Mary Werner (broom makers), Johnson & Moffet (soaps, lotions, tinctures, salves), Dragonfly Traders (clothing, games, toys, household items, tools, accoutrements) and Zettlemoyer Pottery (redware pottery).
Throughout the weekend, militia groups will be encamped in the lower field and with tactical presentations at 2 p.m. on both days. On Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m., David Paul Reuwer will present “Myth Busting the Southern Campaigns.” This talk addresses the myths within and about the major Southern Campaigns in the American Revolution, highlighting significant persons, places and principles in a dynamic, edu-entertaining way.
Reuwer has been a preservation advocate and history enthusiast for over 50 years. His first restoration project was the actors Edwin and John Wilkes Booth family home in Bel Air, Maryland. Another save of his was the boyhood home of astronaut Gus Grissom. He directed the archeological reconnaissance survey on the Battle of Eutaw Springs sponsored by the American Battlefield Protection Program. His avocation is to save and interpret Revolutionary War battlefields in the southern states, serving on the boards of the SC Battleground Preservation Trust.
At 11:15 a.m., “Taking Tea with Caty Greene” presented by Carin Bloom, the director of Engagement for Middleton Place Foundation in Charleston, South Carolina will give people a fascinating insight on the responsibilities of ladies during the American Revolution. Whether they were directly affected by the conflict and were forced to follow the armies or whether they lived on the frontier and hoped the disagreements would pass them by, every provincial family was affected in some way. Wives of the Continental Army officers like General Greene had a defined set of duties which were seen as indispensable to a fighting force often starved for food, supplies, personnel and hope. Learn how different groups of ladies helped support the Army in their own ways, from the laundress to the lady hostess. The experiences of Patriot women and their Loyalist counterparts would have been individually different, but Bloom will address some broad themes that cross socio-economic and political ideological lines.
Bloom blends her knowledge of the material culture of the late 18th century with her love of storytelling to bring to life many perspectives that might have been seen during the Revolution, focusing on women's experiences.
Ken Bloom will be playing music both days and will also be doing a talk at 1 p.m. on both days on 18th Century Highland customs and practices. At 4 p.m. on Saturday, Fiddlin’ Fred and Mary Lail will entertain audiences.