The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough presents the annual Revolutionary War Living History Day to commemorate Hillsborough’s Revolutionary history. Re-enactors and activities will be set up throughout the day at:
- The Hillsborough Visitors Center, 150 East King Street
- The Burwell School Historic Site, 319 N. Churton Street
- Orange County Historical Museum, 201 N. Churton Street
The event is free and open to the public.
The event takes place Saturday, February 16th, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Guided Revolutionary War History Tours will be available for $10 throughout the day. Click here to purchase tickets.
Some of what’s going on:
- Colonial dancing
- Fire pit cooking
- Occaneechi demonstrations
- Historic tours
About the history of Hillsborough:
The Living History day has become a tradition in Hillsborough for almost twenty years. Each year, people gather to learn about history and get a first-hand look at one of the most historically significant towns in North Carolina.
The Revolutionary War period is a particularly interesting part of the town’s story. Hillsborough was a major North Carolina town back then. William Hooper, one of Hillsborough’s favorite sons, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. British General Cornwallis occupied the town in 1781 to rest his troops and recruit loyalists – after six days, they left with few, if any new soldiers.
Hillsborough was also the site of the North Carolina Provincial Congress at the start of the war and hosted the state’s Constitutional Convention of 1788 once the war was over.