Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

 


Guilford Courthouse National Military Park The battle fought at the small North Carolina backcounty hamlet of Guilford Courthouse on March 15, 1781, was the largest, most hotly-contested action of the Revolutionary War's climactic Southern Campaign.

The serious loss of British manpower suffered at Guilford Courthouse foreshadowed Lord Cornwallis's final defeat at Yorktown seven months later.

Park visitors enjoy walking the foot trails and the historic New Garden Road through the park, or biking along the automobile tour road. Although in an urban/suburban setting the park offers a variety of wild flowers and small wildlife. The park is home to a variety of birds, mammals, and reptiles. You may see an occasional deer!

The anniversary of the battle is March 15 and is annually observed on that day or the weekend closest. Special interpretive programs are scheduled on Memorial Day, Independence Day, and at other times during the year.

The park visitor center and park headquarters are located near the park entrance on New Garden Road. Twenty-eight monuments honor Revolutionary heroes and heroines. William Hooper and John Penn, two of North Carolina's three signers of the Declaration of Independence, are buried under the Signers' Monument.

 

Getting There:
I-85 SOUTH: As you near Greensboro, take Business I-85/I-40 and then exit I-840 (Exit #131). Go north two miles and exit on Highway 70 West (Burlington Road). Continue west toward Greensboro (Burlington Road will become Wendover Avenue) and exit on US Highway 29 North. Go north on US Highway 29 (O'henry Boulevard) approximately two miles and exit on West Cone Boulevard. Go west approximately five miles to Battleground Avenue. Turn right (US Highway 220 North); go approximately three miles north to New Garden Road; turn right to GCHNMP.

I-85 NORTH: As you near Greensboro, take Business I-85. Exit on Holden Road (Exit #34). Turn right; go north approximately six miles; crossing Bran Boulevard to Benjamin Parkway; turn left, go one block and turn left on Battleground Avenue (S Highway 220 North); go north approximately three miles to New Garden Road. Turn right to GCHNMP.

I-40 EAST: As you enter Greensboro, exit on Guilford College-Jamestown Road (Exit #213); turn right, go north two miles, crossing Market Street and Friendly Avenue. Crossing Friendly Avenue, College Road becomes New Garden Road. Continue north past Guilford College campus and turn right on New Garden Road; go east three miles, crossing BBattleground Avenue, to GCHNMP.