On Saturday June 5th, 2021, the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution (SAR & DAR) celebrated the 241st anniversary of the Battle of Ramsour's Mill. Carole Howell, an SAR member and president of the Lincoln County Historical Association, provided us with these photos of the event.
Presented by Thunder Over Carolina, Inc. the play about the Battle of Ramsour's Mill and surrounding events, sponsored by WoodMill Winery, Lincoln Printing, BrickTree Brewing Co. and Gilleland Realty, happens this Thursday, Friday & Saturday (June 17th-18th-19th) at 7:30 each evening. For tickets, CLICK HERE.
Wayne Howard Reporter
In most recent years, the Battle of Ramsour's Mill has been observed by an event held at the site of the battle near the Lincolnton High School football stadium. Last year, like many other things, it didn't happen because of the pandemic.
This year, an observance was held the first weekend in June sponsored by the SAR (Sons of the American Revolution) and DAR (Daughters). A wreath-laying was held at the gravesite near Battleground School. There were ghost walks on Friday & Saturday. The photo gallery of some of the Saturday commemoration is attached to this article.
The Battle of Ramsour's Mill at Lincolnton was a preview of another better-known battle a little over three months later. That June 20, 1780 event was a forerunner of the Battle of Kings Mountain on October 7th.
For the last several years (not including the pandemic year in 2020), a play, "Liberty Mountain: The Revolutionary Drama," has been performed in Kings Mountain. This year's performance was also canceled because of the virus; the decision was made before most of the restrictions on events were lifted.
Lincoln County's "Thunder Over Carolina," a play about the Battle of Ramsour's Mill and related events, will, however, be held this year. It has a new home--WoodMill Winery just off John Beam Road near Cat Square. The play will be performed at 7:30 each evening this Thursday, Friday & Saturday June 17th, 18th & 19th. Tickets are $15, $10 for students, senior citizens, and active military; they are available via eventbrite. For anyone who hasn't been there before, take Reepsville Road from Lincolnton and at Cat Square, go across Cat Square Road onto Cedar Grove Church Road which becomes John Beam Road; the winery will be on your left...or take NC27 to Cat Square Road, turn left onto Beam Lumber Co. Road, then turn right after you cross the bridge onto John Beam Road; WoodMill Winery will be on your right.
One advantage of the new location is that unlike what was true at the Lincoln Cultural Center, where no food or beverages were allowed in the performance hall, there will be some yummy treats from Anna's Sweet Treats to make these evenings even more fun. Bring your own chair, and enjoy!
If you like, bring an umbrella, and you may want to dress appropriately for the heat and some sunshine as the performance begins. The audience will be in the open on the lawn between WoodMill Winery and the stage.
Before putting your chair in place to watch the play, you may want to visit WoodMill Winery's tasting room for a strawberry, Concord grape or apple wine slushie.
The first performance is set for Thursday evening and it will also be presented Friday and Saturday. In an article Thursday (June 17th) we'll tell more about the cast in this year's production. For tickets to THUNDER OVER CAROLINA, CLICK HERE.
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