Message from the President 2019
Dear Patriots and Board members,
This year we had planned to open the Colonial Heritage Center with new exhibits and staff. During the winter a burst water pipe coupled with other maintenance complications resulted in the Park Service determining that the building was no longer viable and would be torn down. This decision was a heavy blow to us but like General Greene said “We fight, get beat, rise and fight again.” We are awaiting plans from the Park Service to utilize the grant money originally earmarked for the Heritage Center to be used in new unique ways. The preliminary designs include a pad overlooking the Hoskins Farmstead with outdoor exhibits, a covered area for tour groups and more parking and a bathroom facility. In addition to these physical enhancements of the site, we will be pressing ahead to develop a web app that will tell the story of the battle as it guides visitors across the battlefield. All this is in the preliminary phase, and we are excited. Our change in direction because of the loss of the Heritage center will also mean more focus on revitalizing the Hoskins Farmstead.
We continue to support the park by purchasing items for both the Hoskins House and the park exhibits. This year we were able to purchase a 4th North Carolina Continental uniform button found here at Guilford Courthouse. There are only six known to exist. This button supports a long-held belief that some members of that unit were here at the battle. Your contributions through Patriot memberships make it possible for us to do this. The Park will put the button on display later this year.
We are excited about this upcoming year, and I thank you again for your current and future support of our mission through your Patriot memberships and contributions. We have a wonderful and historically significant park here in Greensboro, and we will strive to do everything we can to both preserve and promote it for the public.
Ed Deaton, President, GBC