After nearly a full year of critiquing last year’s first ever re-enactment of the Battle of Elizabethtown — then planning, refining and relocating for the second annual event — the results will be on display starting today and lasting through the weekend.
We can’t emphasize enough just how large a task this weekend was, or how many man-hours it has taken to put it all together.
The re-enactment, which took place between the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market and the edges of Tory Hole last year, will now take place completely in Tory Hole Park this year. The town has been busy at work since spring cleaning up the park and getting it ready for this weekend, and the results are nothing short of stunning.
The event will transform the weekend and Tory Hole Park into three days of living history, and will be a worthwhile time to see and hear about what life was like nearly 250 years ago. You will get the chance to see everything from period costumes and period equipment to the crack of muskets and boom of cannon fire — as well as meet some of the more integral characters who participated in the original uprising.
There is little doubt this will be a lively time in Tory Hole Park.
We hope all the effort that has gone into this weekend will result in drawing crowds to the downtown Elizabethtown area — as well as interest those who do come to check out other historical areas of the county, like Harmony Hall Plantation and the Bladenboro Historical Building.
There is really only one way to show appreciation to those who have worked so hard to put this three-day event together, and that is by coming out at least one of these days to allow yourself to be transported back in time to the 18th century as this country fought to establish itself.
If you do, you will see just how Bladen County played an important role in that.
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