Guilford at 250: Guilford Battleground
April 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Over the course of our 250 years, Guilford County has been witness to three major turning points in American history: The Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and the Civil Rights Movement. Our connection with the Revolutionary War is memorialized at the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, the site of a Pyrrhic victory that changed the outcome of American of history. One of the earliest examples of the preservation movement in North Carolina, the battleground site provides three important touchstones as part of its narrative. It connects us with our social history at the time of the battle in 1781, but it also connects us with military strategy, and provides what is likely to be North Carolina’s most significant commemorative landscape of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Park Service employee Rebecca Barefoot will portray all three of these functions of the National Military Park as part of our Guilford at 250 series on Thursday, April 15th. Rebecca is an historian in Greensboro who volunteers as an Urban Guide to lead Greensboro residents across their city to uncover their past in the built environment. She hold a Masters in Public History from NC State, two Bachelor’s degrees from UNCG in History and Anthropology, and is currently enrolled at UNCG to earn a Historic Preservation Certificate.
Click the zoom link below and enter passcode: GSO250