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 2, 3:
    Annual Battle Reenactment

    Saturday 9 am - 5 pm
    Sunday 11 am - 3 pm
    Reenactments of the Revolutionary War skirmish between Col. Alston's Patriot militia and the Loyalists of Col. David Fanning will take place at 4:00pm on Saturday and 2:00pm on Sunday. Wander through Colonial militia encampments, watch various demonstrations and crafts from the colonial period, and military drills will be held throughout the day complete with musket firing.


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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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