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

  • July 3:
    The museum will be closed in observance of the Independence Day holiday on Friday, July 3rd. The museum will re-open to the public on Saturday, July 4th.

  • October 24:
    Militia Muster and Candlelight Tour

    Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm
    Please join us during the day to learn about Revolutionary Era militias and their roles during the American Revolution. You can watch units practice their drills and visit the encampments. There will be other activities throughout the day. On Saturday night, October 24, we will have a candlelight tour of the Alston House from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Reservations are required for the candlelight tour. Admission: $5 per person for candlelight tour, under 12 free.

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

Hours of Operation

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


No admission fees. Donations are accepted and appreciated.

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