ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Historical Society and Harmony Hall Backwoods Militia were joined by the members of the Elizabethtown Town Council in laying a wreath on Monday evening at the historical marker which commemorates the Battle of Elizabethtown.
The marker is located on West Broad Street near Wells Fargo Bank.
“The historical society and Harmony Hall Backwoods Militia are laying a wreath to commemorate the battle and to celebrate the memory of the Patriots who stood against Tory power,” said Bladen County Historical Society President Sunday Allen.
“Many people don’t know about the marker in Elizabethtown marking the Tory Hole,” said Bladen County Historical Society member Seth Lewis. “I am delighted to see it in place and on display in Elizabethtown.”
The group is also excited about the upcoming re-enactment of the Battle of Elizabethtown, which is planned for Saturday, Aug. 16, and Sunday, Aug. 17.
“We are excited plans have come together. We want everyone to pray for a good weekend and we hope that folks will come out and support not only the craft fair, but the re-enactors,” said Allen.
The Battle of Elizabethtown re-enactment will include a crafts fair from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday at the Cape Fear Farmers Market accompanied by bluegrass music and the battle re-enactment will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. with the Huckleberry Brothers taking to the stage at 5 p.m. Saturday and movie time beginning at 8 p.m. at the stage in Tory Hole Park.
On Sunday, things will kick off with and 18th Century Church Service at 10 a.m. at Tory Hole Park and period music on the stage followed by a weapons demonstration and children’s activities. Cannons will be fired at 1 p.m. and the battle re-enactment will begin at 2 p.m.
There will be a history told of the Battle of Elizabethtown at 1:30 p.m. at the stage in Tory Hole Park.
The historic marker was commissioned and placed by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1928. It was located on the grounds of the Bladen County Courthouse until 2013, when it was moved to its present location.