Moore's Creek anniversary attracts visitors
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History came to life today in Pender County. This weekend marks the 233rd anniversary of the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge. A reenactment drew visitors to the battleground in Currie on Saturday. In 1776 the battle of Moore's Creek Bridge, between the loyalists and the patriots, helped bring about the Revolutionary War. Encampments were set up on both sides of the bridge showing where colonists slept, how they cooked, and what they wore. "This marks a celebration of those people who came to this site where we're standing and fought for their freedom as well as those who fought for the opportunity to be loyal to the King of England,” said Tyrone Brandy, the Burgaw National Park superintendent. The festivities continue on Sunday.

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This brief article does not do justice to the happenings at Moores Creek. The weekend began well before Saturday as park personnel and volunteers prepared the park and the cannons. Friday night was filled with music from several local musicians and a colonial ensemble as The girls 4H club prepared Brunswick stew and peach cobbler over the fire. The Scottish Society of Wilmington were hosts of the Ceilidh which featured a whole hog BBQ, baked beans, cole slaw, various salads and desserts. The reenactors who were camped for the weekend certainly enjoyed having a great feast prepared for them. Saturday morning began bright and sunny as Tyrone Brandyburg [Park Superintendent] welcomed everyone. Barbara Lewis, President, Moores Creek Battleground Association had some somber words about the contributions and sacrifices that were made by both the Loyalists and the Patriots during this significant battle. A procession to the monuments, led by the drum and fife band, was colorful and somber. A wreath was laid at the Loyalist Monument by representatives from the Scottish Societies of Wilmington and New Bern. A representative from the Sons of the American Revolution laid the wreath at the Patriot Monument. There were battle reenactments, blacksmith and gunsmith demonstrations, period music, and story telling. The Atkinson Fire Department catered BBQ again this year. It is an honor to walk those hallowed grounds and think about the sacrifices that have been made by many for this country. Everyone should go and experience this treasure in our midst.