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Untitled_Panorama1 copy eThe dedication of the Crown Forces Monument on March 13, 2016 was a signal event and a significant day for the Guilford Battleground Company and the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park.

The monument is dedicated: “In memory of the men who fought and the units of the Crown Forces in which they served at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse March 15, 1781.”

Speakers at the event included Park Superintendent Doyle Sapp, GBC President Ed Deaton, author and historian Dr. Larry Babits, and Col. Nicholas Lock, Assistant Military Attaché, British Embassy, Washington, DC. Jay Callaham presided as Master of Ceremonies. The Guilford Courthouse Fife and Drum Corps provided period music, and an Honor Guard composed of reenactors  fired a three volley salute.

Mr. Jimmy Wiggins, owner of North State Monument, designed and erected the monument. The foundation was designed by S&ME.

Click to view the Building of a Monument photos.

Click to view the Dedication Ceremony photos.

Click to view the Dedication Ceremony video provided by South Carolina Educational TV.

Click to view the WFMY Channel 2 video of Jay Callaham presentation.

Click to view the Resolution  Recognizing Crown Forces Monument Day by the City of Greensboro and County of Guiford.

Panoramic photo courtesy Ed Wasserboehr. Dedication photos courtesy of Carol Deaton.

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In addition to the 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Veteran’s Day celebration “History of the American Soldier ” timeline representing periods of U.S. military history from the 1600’s until the present, Dr. Scott Culclasure will be signing his newest book from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in the park’s Visitor Center.

Dr. Culclasure’s book Guide to the MONUMENTS Guilford Courthouse National Military Park has just been published by the Guilford Battleground Company and is available for purchase in the Eastern National bookstore located in the Visitor Center. The book provides the historical context of the monument’s placement in the park, a description and photograph of each monument, and a map of the park indicating the locations of the monuments.

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Greene's Birthday 2015Come out to the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park and honor the General as we celebrate his 273rd birthday.

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GREENSBORO, NC – Today, Guilford Courthouse National Military Park and Guilford Battleground Company announced they were the joint recipients of a 2015 National Park Service Centennial Challenge Grant. These Centennial Challenge Grants are part of a multi-year effort to prepare for the National Park Service Centennial in 2016. The NPS Centennial Grant Program includes $26 million for restoration projects at national parks around the country, including $16 million from non-governmental partners. In the National Park Service’s Southeast Region, this grant program will fund 25 separate projects totaling over $3 million dollars. The Guilford Courthouse project will involve updating the museum exhibits at the Colonial Heritage Center to make them interactive and more relevant to park visitors.

The Colonial Heritage Center

The Colonial Heritage Center

“The Centennial Challenge Program is a great way to leverage federal dollars,” said Guilford Courthouse NMP Superintendent Doyle Sapp. “We believe once completed the improved exhibits will result in an increased understanding of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse and the people who lived, fought, and died here. We want to thank the Guilford Battleground Company for their support. Without our friends and partners, this project would not have gone forward.”
“We are very pleased to have this opportunity to revitalize the Colonial Heritage Center,” said Ed Deaton, President of the Guilford Battleground Company. Deaton also wanted to thank the Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation which generously provided a grant in the amount of $200,000 to the Guilford Battleground Company which is being used for this project. The Foundation has been a longtime supporter of the Colonial Heritage Center and its mission of teaching how people lived in the 1780’s here in Piedmont North Carolina and their connection to the Battle. The upgrades will take advantage of new audio visual techniques to make the story more appealing to today’s youth.
The Guilford Battleground Company is the official friends’ group and fundraising partner of Guilford Courthouse NMP. Its primary mission is to promote and preserve the National Military Park as well as take every opportunity to teach the public about its significance. This upgrade of the Center will add to the public’s knowledge and understanding of what took place here on March 15, 1781.
In order to qualify for a Centennial Challenge Grant, projects needed to demonstrate that they provided for authorized activities that benefited one or more National Park System areas, contributed towards at least one of the Director’s Call to Action goals, required little or no additional recurring NPS operating or maintenance funds to be sustainable, did not include the construction of new facilities; and have partner(s) who were ready, willing, and able to contribute at least 50% of the project. Once submitted, projects that were highly evaluated included more than a 1:1 match, impacted multiple parks, included a contribution to Centennial goals, particularly youth engagement, and addressed high priority deferred maintenance needs.
The Centennial Challenge Grants are part of a multiyear effort to prepare for the 2016 Centennial of the National Park Service including the Find Your Park Campaign which connects a broader audience to public lands, and President Obama’s Every Kid in a Park initiative that will give every fourth grader and their families free access to national parks and all federal lands and waters for a full year, beginning this Fall.

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Weather should be much improved for Sunday the 15th !

The 234th Anniversary Observance of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse fought on March 15, 1781 will be celebrated Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15, 2015. Activities and demonstrations will take place at the Guilford Battleground National Military Park and the Colonial Heritage Center.SONY DSC
Reenactments will be presented at Country Park each of the two days with several hundred reenactors participating.
Use this link for the schedule of week-end events.
This is a great opportunity to learn more about our nation’s struggle for independence, the significance of this particular battle and about colonial life in the 1700s. Come early and enjoy a full day of educational and enjoyable events.
Parking is available at the Colonial Heritage Center and in the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. The closest parking for the reenactments in Country Park is off of the entrance to Country Park from Pisgah Church Rd. At the north end of this entrance (Jaycee Park), vans will be available to transport those needing mobility assistance to the reenactment site.                                                                                                                                                               Use this link for a map of the area.

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The 233rd Anniversary Observance  of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse fought on March 15, 1781 will be celebrated Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16. Click here for the full schedule of events and locations fot the two days of celebration..

This is a great opportunity to learn more about our nation’s struggle for independence, the significance of this particular battle  and about colonial life in the 1700s. Come early and enjoy a full day of  educational and enjoyable events.

Parking is available at the Colonial Heritage Center and in the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. The closest parking for the reenactments in Country Park is off of the entrance to Country Park from Pisgah Church Rd. At the north end of this entrance (Jaycee Park), vans will be available to transport those needing mobility assistance  to the reenactment site. Click here for a map of the parks and parking areas.

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The Annual Lecture  series held in conjunction with  the Anniversary Observance of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse will be presented on Thursday  and Friday, March 13th and 14th.

Historian and author Andrew O’Shaughnessy, Professor of History at the University of Virginia , will present”The Men Who Lost America, British Leadership, the American Revolution and the Fate of the Empire” on Thursday.MenWhoLostAmerica resized

Historian and author Don N. Hagist will present “British Soldiers, American War” Friday evening.

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The purpose of the Lecture Series is to serve the educational and general interests  of the community through the knowledge and insights of distinguished historians speaking on topics of Revolutionary War history.

All lectures begin promptly at 7 PM in the theater of the Park Visitor  Center at 2332 New Garden Rd. Seating is limited.  Reservations are required. Call 336.288.1776 for information and to register for each night’s lecture. Lectures are free to the public

The National Park Service is able to provide this lecture series through a generous donation from the Guilford Battleground Company. Other 233rd Observance events are planned for Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16, 2014. Visit www.nps.gov/guco for details.

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