House in the Horseshoe

Revolutionary War

In spring and summer, bright flowers surround this plantation house named for its location on a horseshoe bend in the Deep River. The house (ca. 1770) was owned by Philip Alston, whose band of colonists seeking independence from Britain was attacked here in 1781 during the American Revolution by British loyalists led by David Fanning. Later, four-term governor Benjamin Williams lived in the house, which now features antiques of the colonial and Revolutionary War eras. Continued

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Contemporary drawing (late 1700's) of the Alston girls and their mother Temperance at home in the House in the Horseshoe

Unique exhibits on the Indians who once lived in this area, colonial crops, later owner Gov. Benjamin Williams, and North Carolina backcountry planters' wives!

Upcoming Events

  • April 25:
    Governor Williams program

    Saturday, 11 am - 3 pm
    Demonstrations will include artillery and musket firings, pottery making, weaving, period medical/doctor, butter churning, music, and dancing. Try your hand at quill pen writing, 18th century toys and games, and cotton ginning. Help plant the sites herb and vegetable garden, and plant something to take home and raise yourself. Admission is free, and open to the public.


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House in the Horseshoe
288 Alston House Rd.
Sanford, N.C. 27330
Phone: (910) 947-2051
Email: horseshoe@ncdcr.gov

Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Closed Sundays, Mondays, and most major holidays.

Admission

No admission fees. Donations are accepted and appreciated.


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