Alamance Battleground

Colonial Period – Revolutionary War

Here in 1771, an armed rebellion of backcountry farmers called Regulators battled with royal governor William Tryon's militia. The spark for this conflict was growing resentment in the Carolina colony against the taxes, dishonest sheriffs, and illegal fees imposed by the British Crown. In response, the Regulators were formed and began to fight back. Though the rebellion was crushed, a few years later their tactics became a model for the colonists fighting the British in the American Revolutionary War.

Read the complete overview.

Located on the grounds of the site is the Allen House, a log dwelling characteristic of those lived in by frontier people on the western fringes of the colony in this period.

A brief article on colonial North Carolina history entitled, "Voices from the Past" is available on-line from UNC-TV.

What's New

Alamance Battleground

Upcoming Events

  • May 16:
    Commemoration of the Battle

    Friday, 6 pm - 8 pm
    Commemoration of the Battle of Alamance will begin at 6:00 pm with a wreath laying ceremony by the Battle of Alamance Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. Following the ceremony will be a covered dish supper/picnic. After supper, guest speaker Bill Moore, retired Director of the Greensboro Historical Museum, will make remarks. Admission is free, and open to the public.


  • May 17:
    18th-Century Living Experience
    and Patriots' Day

    Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm
    This will include a militia encampment, open-hearth cooking, cannon firing, musket demonstrations, and much more. At 2:00 pm, the Sons of the American Revolution will hold a wreath laying ceremony at the Colonial Column, remembering not only those who fought and died at the Battle of Alamance in 1771, but also those who fought in the Revolutionary battles at Pyle's Defeat, Lindley's Mill, and Clapp's Mill in 1781.


  • May 18:
    18th-Century Living Experience

    Sunday, 1 - 5 pm
    The 18th-century experience will continue at Alamance Battleground. Visitors will see militia encampments and open-hearth cooking, as well as musket and cannon demostrations.


Alamance Battleground Information

Contact Us

Alamance Battleground
5803 N.C. 62 S
Burlington, N.C. 27215
Phone: (336) 227-4785
Email: alamance@ncdcr.gov

Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Sundays, and Mondays. Admission is free, though donations are accepted and welcomed.


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