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General Information

Description - The 86.5 acre park commemorates the decisive February 27, 1776 victory by 1,000 Patriots over 1,600 Loyalists at the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge. The battle ended Royal Governor Josiah Martin's hopes of regaining control of the colony for the British crown. In addition, this first decisive Patriot victory of the Revolutionary War raised morale for Patriots throughout the colonies. The Loyalist defeat ended British plans for an invasion force to land in Brunswick, North Carolina. The colony of North Carolina voted to declare independence from the British on April 12, 1776, shortly after the victory at Moores Creek.

Recreation - The park has two self-guided trails including the 1-mile History Trail and the .33 mile Tar Heel Trail. The History Trail explains the battle and includes the site where the Patriots and Loyalists clashed on February 27, 1776. The Tar Heel Trail explains the naval stores industry which was the predominate industry of the area during the Colonial Period.

The park holds an annual celebration and commemoration of the battle. The event is held on the last full weekend of February and features a living history encampment, tactical demonstrations, folk singing and a formal commemoration program on Sunday afternoon including a speaker, military band and wreath laying ceremony.

During the summer months various afternoon programs, talks, walks and demonstrations are held on the weekends. Guided tours for schools, societies, military groups and other groups are available with an advanced reservation by calling the park at 910-283-5591.

Climate - Winter daytime temperatures average above 44 degrees Fahrenheit (above 7 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures average above 80 degrees Fahrenheit (above 27 Celsius). The state has a fairly wet climate with an average precipitation for this area averaging 48-52 inches (122-132 centimeters).

Location - The park is located on NC 210 about three miles west of U.S. 421. The park also is accessible from I-40 by taking NC 210 west about 15 miles to the park. The park is approximately 20 miles NW from Wilmington, North Carolina, a city of 55,000 people.


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Contact Information:
Moores Creek National Battlefield, P.O. Box 69, 200 Moores Creek Drive , Currie, NC, 28435, Phone: 910-283-5591

Additional Information:
Coastal Region - Throughout history, the coastal regions of the globe have been major attractions. North Carolina's Coastal Region is no different. With its mild climate, this beautiful eastern region of the state entertains millions of guests all year.
North Carolina Nat'l Forests & Parks - North Carolina has four National Forests; Croatan, Uwharrie, Nantahala and Pisgah. The National Park property includes the famous Great Smoky Mountains as well as National Battlefields, Monuments, Lighthouses and Forts scattered across the state.
North Carolina's Historic Sites -
Wilmington Area - Wilmington is located in the southeastern corner of North Carolina between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean. It is the cultural, medical, educational and economic center of this region and known for its historic preservation and close proximity to area beaches.

Links:
Moores Creek National Battlefield - Official agency Website

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