ELIZABETHTOWN — “To arms! The British are coming!” That may have been a famous cry from years ago, but this weekend, that cry will ring true once more in Elizabethtown as the second annual Battle of Elizabethtown is held at Tory Hole Park.
Bobby Lewis, one of the group’s organizers said, “The goal of the Bladen County Historical Society and the Harmony Hall Plantation Committee is to renew interest in history in Bladen County. There is a lot of history in the county.”
Lewis added that organizers hope to renew the interest of the local folks in learning about Bladen County’s storied and vast history.
On Friday folks will be setting up their “camp” around midday and everyone is welcome to walk through, said Lewis.
Lewis said those participating include but are not limited to the Bladen Militia, the Harmony Hall Backwoods Militia, Jaeger Korps, South Editsto Rangers Colonial Militia and the S.C. Independent Re-enactors Association — as well as Camp Flintlock, which will include children’s games and programs through the day.
There will be candlemaking demonstrations, gunsmithing, lye soap making, fur trappers and traders and much more to see and do, said Lewis.
On Saturday, things will kick off at 10 a.m. with an opening ceremony and cannon fire in the park. Other highlights will include period music at the amphitheater stage, Scottish pipe and drum music, a tomahawk throwing competition, a program called Revolution’s Roots in the Church, artillery and weapons demonstrations throughout the day. Sally Salter will arrive in camp about 2:30 p.m. and David Fanning will arrive about 3 p.m.
There will also be a history lesson on the Battle of Elizabethtown at the amphitheater stage at 3:30 p.m. Saturday followed by the re-enactment of the battle.
There will also be a craft fair at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday. Also, concessions will be available, courtesy of the Elizabethtown Fire Department.
On Sunday, the park will open at 9:30 a.m. and an 18th century church service will be held beginning at 10 a.m. followed by a dutch oven lunch which will cost a donation. At 1:30 p.m. there will be firing of the cannons followed by a history lesson on the Battle of Elizabethtown at 1:30 p.m. followed by the re-enactment of the battle. The park will close to visitors at about 3 p.m. Sunday.
“Folks can bring their lawn chairs and spend the day at the park,” said Lewis.
There will be commemorative T-shirts available for purchase during the event.