Experience Moores Creek National Battlefield in Pender County under the stars in November during its annual candlelight tour.
This family friendly program scheduled for the evening of Saturday, Nov. 11, will travel along the candlelit trail with reenactors and living historians sharing stories of the early days of the American Revolution and of the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge that took place Feb. 27, 1776.
At the historic battlefield located in Currie, about 20 miles northwest of Wilmington, Loyalist forces charged across a partially dismantled Moores Creek Bridge. Beyond the bridge, nearly 1,000 North Carolina Patriots waited quietly with cannons and muskets poised to fire. This battle marked the last broadsword charge by Scottish Highlanders and the first significant victory for the Patriots in the American Revolution, according to the National Park Service.
The first tour is at 5:30 p.m. and the last tour departs at 8:45 p.m. Organizers recommend arriving 15 minutes before the scheduled tour time to check-in. Tours last around 45 minutes and depart from Patriot’s Hall every 15 minutes.
The walking tour will take place over uneven terrain and finishes at the Visitor Center. Visitors will then be transported back down to Patriot’s Hall via a hayride.
Tours are at no charge, but because spots for fill quickly, make reservations as soon as possible, organizers said.
Each families taking the tour with a larger group, from their church or Scouts, for example, will need to call 910-283-5591 extension 2234 to confirm their spot.
For a full listing of event details, including times for the weapons demonstrations, please stay connected to us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moorescreeknps or visit our website at www.nps.gov/mocr.