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British Occupation of Bethabara

February 9, 2019 @ 9:00 am - February 10, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

The British are coming! Join us for a weekend of living history at Historic Bethabara Park. Bring out the whole family to explore the park and meet re-enactors who can share the stories of the British Occupation of Wachovia in 1781. Keith the blacksmith will be here with his forge!

SATURDAY 9:00-4:30PM
Throughout the day, there will be ongoing living history activities in both camps at Bethania and Bethabara:
• Basic camp life, including mending clothing and equipment, and shelter construction.
• Interactions between the British, Refugees, and Moravians.
• The tenuous relationship between the Continental Army and the Surry County Militia.
• Food requisition and preparation.
• Military patrols, roll calls, inspections, and guard postings.

SUNDAY 10:00-2:00PM
Throughout the morning, the Americans scramble to send out patrols, fight to keep militia from deserting. The British deal with looting by Refugees during the night, post guards, and send out patrols.

Saturday, February 9, 2019
9:00 AM
Camps in Bethania and Bethabara open to the public
10:00 AM
The British prepare to leave Bethania
10:30 AM
The British march off from Bethania
11:00 AM
Continentals arrive in Bethabara, brining news of the British advance
12:00 PM
British and refugees arrive in Bethabara, establish camps, begin requisitioning supplies
4:30 PM
Campsites close to the public
Sunday, February 10, 2019
10:00 AM
Camps re-open to the public
11:00 AM
British Army forms for roll, inspections, and reading of the day’s orders
12:00 PM
Americans react to British formations by preparing to leave, send out patrols to shadow the British.
1:00 PM
British Column forms to begin their march east
2:00 PM
Campsites close to the public


February 9, 2019 @ 9:00 am
February 10, 2019 @ 2:00 pm


Jason Melius


Historic Bethabara Park
2147 Bethabara Rd
Winston-Salem, 27106 United States
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