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June 17, 2023
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Time Details:
Saturday, June 17, 10 AM - Wreath Laying at the Mass Grave
Saturday, June 17, 10am - Camp opens and closes at 6pm
Saturday, June 17, 1 PM - George & Martha Washington presentation
Saturday, June 17, 6-9pm - Thunder Over Carolina Battleground Ghost Walks
Sunday, June 18, 10am - Camp church service, the camp closes at 2pm

Lincoln Cultural Center

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Battleground Park - Jeb Seagle Drive

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Lincolnton, NC 28092
Most Battle Weekend events are FREE! Tickets available for Gala & Ghost Walks.
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Ramsour's Mill Battle Weekend - Ghost Walks with Thunder Over Carolina

Saturday, June 17, 2023

IN THE EVENING, JUNE 16 AND 17: Learn all about the battle from the voices who lived it. Ghost Walks with cast members of Thunder Over Carolina.

Guided tours begin at 6pm on Friday and Saturday nights with the last tour out at 9 pm each night. Ghost Walks start and end near Battleground Park on Jeb Seagle Drive. Tickets are available on-site for $10, children under 6 free. 

The ghosts of early Lincolnton settlers tell the tale of the Battle of Ramsour's Mill. Take a journey through the battlefield with cast members from “Thunder Over Carolina” to relive the personal stories of how a small Patriot militia defeated a substantial Tory encampment during the American Revolution on June 20, 1780. 

Walk the grounds of one of the most important, and least known battles of the American Revolution, hear the stories of those who witnessed the fight of brother against brother, and neighbor against neighbor, where a small Patriot force defeated a much larger Loyalist force. Be immersed in a recreation of the battle, and hear about the aftermath.

The interactive tours last approximately 30 minutes and include a guided group walking tour featuring vignettes and performances. The walk covers rough terrain (not recommended for anyone with mobility issues and not ADA accessible). 

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Ramsour's Mill Battle Weekend is a living history weekend commemorating the June 20th, 1780 Battle of Ramsour's Mill, when area Patriots met Tories on a hillside just outside the little town of Lincolnton, NC. The weekend activities include the DAR/SAR Patriot Gala, the SAR/DAR Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Mass Grave, Ghost Walks through the Battlefield, Revolutionary War reenactments, period cooking, colonial crafts, firearms demonstrations, battle site tours, and more.

Lincolnton's early settlers played a pivotal role in the American Revolution when neighbors were pitted against one another as 1000 loyalists and about 400 patriots clashed in The Battle of Ramsour’s Mill on June 20, 1780. The casualties were high and equally divided, with an estimated seventy men killed and more than two hundred wounded. 

The loyalist defeat to a much smaller patriot militia is said to have prevented General Cornwallis from winning North Carolina for the British crown. Today, this Lincolnton, NC patriot victory is commemorated each year with The Battle Weekend Celebration at historic Battleground Park, the site of this historically significant Patriot victory.

This year, the commemoration will take place the weekend of June 16-18 with the Patriot's Gala on Friday evening (at the Lincoln Cultural Center) and the Wreath Laying Ceremony on Saturday morning at 10am at the resting place of some 70 unknown in a Mass Grave near Battleground Elementary School.

At 1pm, George and Martha Washington will talk about colonial life during the Revolutionary War with a keynote presentation near the Reinhardt Cabin at Battleground Park. 

Throughout the weekend at Battleground Park there will be hearth cooking demonstrations, reenactments and weapons demonstrations, a militia encampment, tours, heritage demonstrations, and period crafts.

Suitable for all ages, and FREE.

Ramsour's Mill Battle Weekend SCHEDULE:

Friday, June 16

6-9pm - Ghost Walks with cast members of Thunder Over Carolina. Tours start at Battleground Elementary School. Tickets are $10; children 6 and under free.

6:30-10pm - DAR/SAR Patriot's Gala at Lincoln Cultural Center, see below for more information (Ticket LINK

Saturday, June 17

10am - Gather at the mass gravesite on the hill and join the Sons & Daughters of the American Revolution at the moving Wreath Laying Ceremony for the 70 unknown soldiers buried there. Free to all.

10am-5pm - Living History - crafts, demonstrations, and encampments open. Sponsored by Lincoln County Historical Association, Free to all.

1pm - George and Martha Washington talk about colonial life during the Revolutionary War in a keynote presentation. Free to all.

6-9pm - Ghost Walks with the cast of Thunder Over Carolina Inc. Tickets are $10; children 6 and under free.

Sunday, June 5

10am - Welcome/Brief History, Church Service - Lincoln County Historical Association, Free to all.

10am-2pm - Living History - crafts, demonstrations, and encampments open

2pm - Camp closes

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