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Description - The battle fought here on March 15, 1781, was the largest, most hotly contested action of the Revolutionary War's climatic Southern Campaign. The serious loss of British manpower suffered at Guilford Courthouse foreshadowed final American victory at Yorktown, seven months later.

Recreation - The park visitor center and park headquarters are located at the entrance on New Garden Road. Information, a twenty-minute film, "Guilford Letters", and museum exhibits are located here. Twenty-eight monuments honor Revolutionary heroes and heroines. A bookstore is located in the visitor center.

A 2.25 mile automobile / bicycle tour road begins at the visitor center. Seven informational stops along the route provide on-the-site information. A restored historic road and over 2 miles of paved foot trails provide access to important points on the battlefield. Special events include the anniversary of the battle on March 15.

Lodging is located at a variety of hotels, motels and RV camping sites in the Greensboro area.

The visitor center, park trails and rest rooms are wheelchair accessible. A wheelchair is available for loan. The visitor center film is captioned.

Climate - North Carolina has a temperate climate with mild winters and long fall and spring months. Summers can be hot and humid, especially in the piedmont and coastal plain region, which don't get relief from coastal breezes or higher elevations. The mountains tend to be substantially cooler and receive some winter snow.

In the Piedmont Region, winter daytime temperatures normally range from the upper 30's to the upper 40s. Summer daytime temperatures range from the high 70's to the low 90's. The state has a fairly wet climate with an average precipitation for this area averaging 44-52 inches (112-132 centimeters).

Location - I-85 South: exit NC 6 (Lee Street) to Morrow Boulevard, north to Fisher Street; turn right on Battleground Avenue; park is approximately five miles north; turn right on New Garden Road.

I-85 North: exit 121 (Holden Road) turn left on Holden Road; go approximately six miles; turn left on Benjamin Parkway; go one block and turn left on Battleground Avenue; go two miles and turn right on New Garden Road.

I-40 East: exit 213 (Guilford College-Jamestown Road); turn left on College Road; go north two miles; turn right on New Garden Road; go four miles to park.

Note: Directional signs are placed on major routes into Greensboro to assist in finding the park. I-85 north and I-40 east join in Greensboro.

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Filed By: Jay Callaham (Greensboro, NC)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Some corrections need to be made in this site: 1. The Visitor Center has been greatly upgraded. It's wonderful! They have many more artifacts with provenance to the battle on display than before - all very well interpreted. 2. The visitor center film has been upgraded and changed. The new title is: 'Another Such Victory' and it's an excellent interpretation of some of the major actions in the battle with very well-performed character acting. 3. There's a neat 10 minute electric map program that really explains the battle. 4. They have an outstanding gift shop which is one of the best bookstores of works pertaining to the American War of Independence that you will find anywhere. Good stuff - worth the visit. ALSO, at the entrance to the National Park, there is a small city park, Tannenbaum Historical Park, which houses a magnificent diorama of the battle along with some great lifestyle material. It's worth a stop on the way to the National Park - and on the same road. While in Greensboro, you'll want to hit the Greensboro Historical Museum - which has among extensive militaria collections, a fantastic display of Confederate long arms and other War Between the States artifacts. The 'Murphey Collection' of Confederat long arms is second to none. Y'all come! Jay Callaham Greensboro resident - and proud of what we do for our heritage here!

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Contact Information:
Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, 2332 New Garden Road , Greensboro, NC, 27410-2355, Phone: 336-288-1776, Fax: 336-282-2296

Additional Information:
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 -
Piedmont Region - Located in the center of the state, this historically rich area once dominated by tobacco fields has been transformed into one of the East Coast's most dynamic new industrial mega centers.
The Triad Area - The Triad is located in the northern Piedmont area of the state. Comprising Winston, Salem, Greensboro and the High Point area, it is home to the once thriving tobacco industry. It is also home to the finest furniture makers in America. In addition, the area has an interesting Revolutionary and Civil War history.

Guilford Courthouse National Military Park - Official agency Website


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