Revolutionary War Living History Day

Every February, the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough invites the public to experience the local history of the American Revolutionary War with these family friendly events.  With live actors, dancers, historic tours, interactive activities, and collaborative events throughout town, this is a wonderfully fun family friendly day. 

Revolutionary War Living History Day focuses on Hillsborough’s unique role in the American Revolution, recalling the occupation of Hillsborough by British General Lord Charles Cornwallis and his 1,900-man army on February 20th, 1781. Festivities include crafts and games, historic re-enactments and demonstrations, colonial dancing and fire pit cooking, Occaneechi demonstrations, and historic tours.


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17 - 10:00 to 4:00


Join the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough for our annual living history day to commemorate Hillsborough's Revolutionary history. Re-enactors and activities will be set up throughout the day at the Hillsborough Visitors Center, Burwell School Historic Site, and Orange County Historical Museum.

Summary of Events

At The Hillsborough Visitors Center - 150 East King Street

Revolutionary War Reenactors
Drill & Musket Demonstrations Cooking Demonstrations
Colonial Tea Room
Live Music & Storytelling
Crafts Tent
Book Signing with Author, Suzanne Adair
Revolutionary Hillsborough Guided Tour @ 11:00
Costumed Characters

At the Burwell School Historic Site - 319 North Churton Street

Colonial Crafts, Games & Kid’s Activities
The Role of Women & Children in the Revolution (Displays & Presentations)
Colonial Clothing Dress Up Trunk
Colonial Store
Sun Assembly Dancers

At The Orange County Historical Museum - 201 North Churton Street

John Blackfeather Jeffries – The Lives & Tools of Hillsborough’s Pre-European Settlers
Cotton Spinning Demonstrations
Kids Craft Activities

Revolutionary War Guided Tour - 11:00 am
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Check out this video about the event in 2012.