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

  • November 27 - 28:
    Site Closed

    We will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving (state holiday) on Thursday, November 27th, and Friday, November 28th. We will reopen Saturday, November 29th on our regular schedule.


  • December 13:
    Holiday Open House

    Saturday, 11 am - 3 pm
    Mark your calendar for this annual tradition . . . details are forthcoming.


  • December 24 - 26
    Site Closed

    We will be closed Wednesday, December 24th through Friday, December 26th in observance of Christmas (state holiday). We will re-open to the public on Saturday, December 27th on our regular schedule.


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Contact Us

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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