“I never saw such fighting since God made me. The Americans fought like demons”
-Lt. General Charles, Earl Cornwallis
On March 15, 1781, General Nathaniel Greene and his army valiantly fought for our country’s freedom in the woods and meadows around Guilford Courthouse. In 1917, Guilford Courthouse National Military Park was established as our nation’s first National Military Park, and today hundreds of thousands of visitors enjoy its history and nature each year including an annual reenactment each March.
A National Landmark designation around the park includes a number of historic acres outside current Park boundaries. In order to bring more historically significant land under protection, PLC started working with the National Park Service and Guilford Battleground Company (GBC) in 1998 to acquire properties from willing landowners with the purpose of ultimately restoring these lands to their natural state.
PLC has worked in partnership to protect 11 tracts, adding more than 17 acres to the park, including a tract on Battleground Avenue slated for commercial development (which has a mass grave on site from the battle) and a number of single family homes.
Today, PLC’s partner, Guilford Battleground Company, continues to acquire properties from willing landowners within the National Landmark Area. To aid the ability of partners to act quickly when willing sellers step forward, Carolina Bank created a $1.5 million line of credit to directly support this project.
National Park Service
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Guilford Battleground Company
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Project funding provided by the Lochra Family, Kotis Holdings, LLC, Society of Cincinnatus, Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation, Weaver Foundation Parks Fund, Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, National Park Service, Guilford Battleground Company, and PLC.