Welcome to Guilford Battleground Company
A Message from our President–Ed Deaton
The Guilford Battleground Company is the non-profit partner of the National Park Service at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. The park, originally preserved through the far sighted vision of Judge Schenck and the original Guilford Battleground Company, has been saved to commemorate the importance of what happened on March 15, 1781 as well as its context in the larger struggle for independence.
Over the years, we have helped the Department of Defense and later the National Park Service reclaim much of the ground on which the Battle of Guilford Courthouse took place and provided programs and events that help visitors relive that fateful day in March 1781 when the troops of Major General Nathanael Greene and Lord Cornwallis fought here. While it was technically a defeat, it was the battle “where defeat created victory” since it turned the tide against the British and led to the eventual surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia.
Begin your tour of Guilford Courthouse National Military Park at the Visitor Center and see maps and movies of the battle and then walk the land where it took place. Each year, our Annual Battle reenactment is on or as close to March 15 as we can schedule it. Several hundred re-enactors representing both Colonial and British forces participate in the reenactment held at the adjoining Country Park. You can watch the battle and also see weapons’ demonstrations, camp life, and demonstrations of cooking, dancing and home life in Colonial times.
This year we are starting an exciting project to revitalize the Colonial Heritage Center and Hoskins Farmstead. We will be raising funds to redesign and refurbish the exhibits as well as creating a volunteer program to help man the facility. In addition to the GBC Board, we have a support group called the Patriots which we hope you will consider joining to support the Park. Joining the Patriots will help us fulfill our mission to preserve the park, protect the land and provide educational events and activities. Most importantly, you will help us preserve the legacy of this battle that was critical to the success of the revolution and the creation of our great nation.