The Alamance Battleground located in Alamance County, North Carolina is home to a piece of local history from colonial times. Located on highway 62 south, this wide expanse of open meadows and pine forests contains memorial statues and a visitor center filled with various resources for those who wish to brush up on their local history, complete with an informational DVD on the events that took place at this site.
The battleground is open Tuesday – Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p. m. and is closed to the public on Monday and Sunday. This site is open to all visitors for free during hours of operation. Statues and memorial plaques point out specific spots and people involved in the Battle of Alamance that took place on this land.
The history of the battleground is admittedly sad, but the bravery of the men who fought sparked future rebellions against the unethical government officials of the royal government. In 1771, a group of men called the “Regulators” was formed in response to the unfair taxation and corrupt law enforcement being imposed upon them.
The Regulators set out to peacefully negotiate for reform, but this end was not being accomplished so they rebelled violently. Their rebellion led to the Battle of Alamance. This battle began in May 16and the Regulators were quickly defeated due to inferior weaponry and experience. In the aftermath of this battle, many settlers moved to other colonies and the ones who stayed behind were forced to swear an oath of allegiance to the royal government.