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

  • August 5 and 6:
    Battle Reenactment

    Saturday, 9:30 am - 5 pm
    Sunday, 9:30 - 3 pm

    What happens when war comes to your backyard? House in the Horseshoe will be hosting its annual battle reenactment on August 5 and August 6. There will be a variety of Revolutionary War activities throughout the day including a reenactment of the fight between Patriot and Loyalist militias held at 2:00 p.m. both days. Event highlights will include militia encampments, sutlers, a blacksmith shop, musket/artillery firings, and period toys and games. Demonstrators will feature colonial brewing, gardening, and spinning/weaving. Food trucks on site will include Curbside Cravin's, Chewy's Smokin' BBQ, and Kona Ice. Come join us August 5 and 6 to enjoy a day by the Deep River and relive the summer of 1781! Free admission. Parking Fee: $5.

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Contact Us

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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