Friday Freebies: Revolutionary War reenactors gather in Greensboro this weekend

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Over 300 Revolutionary War reenactors from across the country will gather in Greensboro on March 14 and 15 to commemorate the 234th Anniversary of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, The Colonial Heritage Center and Greensboro Country Park.

“Rain or shine we will be out here,” said reenactor Michael Nelson, of Colfax. “We’ve got our canvas tents and they are quite water resistant so we should be just fine.”

Nelson is just one of many reenactors who are not only playing the part this weekend, they are living it

“We want to show what life was like in 1781,” said Joachim Niemoller, who plans to camp out, sleeping on straw, and living the life as a solider 234 years ago. The first generation American who found a passion for reenacting as a child. “I remember as a kid going to living history events you carry more home when you see something like this whether than just reading it in a book.”

At 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Guilford Courthouse National Military Park will honor those who fought on these grounds in a ceremony at the Nathanael Greene Monument. The program will feature Revolutionary War music performed by the Guilford Courthouse Fife & Drum Corps, a wreath-laying ceremony, and a volley of flintlock musket fire. Other weekend events include a variety of interpretive programs demonstrating military life, colonial life-ways, 18th century dancing, musical performances, firearms demonstrations and guided walks of the battlefield. All three parks will have military encampments.

The Battle of Guilford Courthouse will be reenacted at 2:00 p.m. in Country Park both Saturday and Sunday.

Parking for the reenactment is available at Jaycee Park located at 3899 Jaycee Park Drive in Greensboro.

Admission is free. Scheduled events take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.​