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Tue Feb 19, 2013, 11:41 PM

This Weekend In North Carolina: Moore's Creek National Battlefield 237th Anniversary Celebration



Saturday 23rd through 24th the 237th Anniversary of the Battle at Moores Creek Bridge 9:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m.

http://www.nps.gov/mocr/index.htm

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Commemorative Service

10:00 am -10:30 am- Wreath Laying Program

-Processional begins at the Visitor Center parking lot with ceremony at the Patriot and Loyalist Monuments

Daylong Programs

10:00 am-5:00 pm- "Living History Camps" on the battlefield are open

-Explore Patriot and Loyalist camps, interacting with merchants, camp followers, and militia

10:00 am-5:00 pm- Visitor Center and Bookstore

-Browse exhibits, interactive maps, and artifacts, and watch the 12-min. park film "In the Most Furious Manner"

10:00 am-4:30 pm- Park Partner Information

Moores Creek Battleground Association and Park Partner Information Tents near Patriots Hall

Patriots Hall (heated)

11:00 am-12:30 pm- Storytelling

Performed by Maxwell Page and John Golden

12:35 pm-12:55 pm- Constitution Day Essay Contest Awards

-Local winners of Moores Creek essay contest will be receiving awards and reading their winning essays

1:00 pm-1:45 pm- Lawrence Earley- Keynote Speaker

-Longleaf Pines and Naval Stores

3:00 pm-4:00 pm- Judge Gary Trawick- NC Special Superior Court Judge

-Excerpts from his book entitled "Born in Reconstruction: The Story of Pender County, 1524-2012"

The Battle of Moores Creek Bridge Interpretive Program

2:00 pm-3:00 pm- Battlefield Tour

-Tour will begin at the Back Porch of the Visitor Center

3:00 pm-3:30 pm- Grady Monument Dedication Ceremony of 1857

-Reading of Original Pamphlet by Benjamin Sorensen

Children and Family Activities

10:00 am-5:00 pm- Colonial Toys and Games

-Battlefield

10:00 am-5:00 pm- "Picture Yourself at the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge"

-Opportunity for kids and adults of all ages to dress up and take a picture in a colonial setting

-Also available at the Stockades in front of the Visitor Center

Weapons Demonstrations

10:00 am- Wreath Laying Ceremony- Mass Firing (Loyalist and Patriot)

-Grady Monument

11:00 am- Loyalist Militia

-Grady Monument

12:00 pm- Cannons and Patriot Militia

-Earthworks

2:00 pm- Loyalist Militia

-Grady Monument

4:00 pm- Cannons and Patriot Militia

-Earthworks

BBQ Sandwiches and hotdogs will be available on Saturday and Sunday from the Atkinson Volunteer Fire Department just outside the Picnic Shelter.


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Daylong Programs

10:00 am-4:00 pm- "Living History Camps" on the battlefield are open

-Explore Patriot and Loyalist camps, interacting with merchants, camp followers, and militia

10:00 am-5:00 pm- Visitor Center and Bookstore

-Browse exhibits, interactive maps, and artifacts, and watch the 12-min. park film "In the Most Furious Manner"

10:00 am-4:00 pm- Park Partner Information -- Moores Creek Battleground Association and Park Information

-Tents near Patriots Hall Patriots Hall (heated)

Children and Family Activities

10:00 am-4:00 pm- Colonial Toys and Games

-Battlefield

10:00 am-5:00 pm- "Picture Yourself at the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge"

-Opportunity for kids and adults of all ages to dress up and take a picture in a colonial setting

Weapons Demonstrations

12:00 pm- Cannons and Patriot Militia

-Earthworks

1:00 pm- Loyalist Militia

-Grady Monument

3:00 pm- Cannons and Patriot/ Loyalist Militia

-Earthworks

Anniversary 2013 Guest Speakers

Lawrence S. Earley is a Raleigh resident who worked for 20 years with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, where he served as editor of "Wildlife in North Carolina" and directed the Wildlife Commission's educational publications unit. A freelance writer and photographer for more than 35 years, his images have been exhibited widely in North Carolina.

In his book entitled "Looking for Longleaf: The Fall and Rise of an American Forest," Earley explores the history of the longleaf pine forests. With their rich stores of resin, the forests of the longleaf became the world's greatest source of tar, pitch, turpentine, and rosin, sustaining the exploitative naval stores and lumber industries until nearly all of the virgin longleaf had vanished. Earley suggests that halting its decline has been the most intractable forest issue in American conservation history.

Gary E. Trawick is a native of Pender County. He served in the private practice of law for 26 years. In 1999, he was appointed a Special Superior Court Judge by Governor James Hunt, Jr., and has been reappointed to that position by Governor's Easley and Perdue. He presently continues to serve the people of North Carolina in that position, having presided in eighty-seven of the state's counties.

Gary E. Trawick is the author of the newly released book entitled "Born in Reconstruction: The Story of Pender County, 1524-2012." Having resided in Pender County his entire life, Trawick taps into his heritage as he shares the stories surrounding the history of Pender County. The book describes the county's history as it relates to everything from the settlement of the area by Native Americans to the county's involvement in WWII and the historic floods that have shaped the local communities



The history trail is an excellent walking trail made of recycled tires.


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