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

  • December 13:
    Holiday Open House

    Saturday, 11 am - 3 pm
    On Saturday, December 13, the House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site is hosting its annual Colonial Christmas Event. The historic Alston House will be decorated for the holiday season in 18th century style. Colonial era re-enactors will be on site in period attire and conducting trade craft demonstrations, complete with musket and cannon firings throughout the day. Visitors will enjoy period music and light refreshments. Join us in celebrating this holiday season by taking a step back in time and touring this historic gem. The House in the Horseshoe will remain decorated until after the first of the year. Admission is free, and open to the public. Donations are welcomed and appreciated. The House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site is located 16 miles west of Sanford off NC 42 and 10 miles north of Carthage on the Carbonton-Carthage Road (State Road 1006/16310).

  • 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

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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