The sites of a number of Revolutionary War events in North Carolina should be on our driving tours given their significance, but could not be included. In some cases their exact locations were lost when the last people who knew them died. Others were still known in the 20th Century, but lost or destroyed due to negligence by corporations and government agencies. Many are out of public view on private (and in one case public) property.
Some of these are described on related location pages, such as Gov. Thomas Burke‘s grave, barely visible on private property in Hillsborough. Completely hidden locations are listed here for three reasons:
- To ensure these stories are not entirely lost to history.
- To support changes in state law encouraging property owners to provide access to the common heritage of all people in the state. For example, the state could offer property tax relief in exchange for a “history easement” granting public right-of-way to historic sites.
- To serve as a warning about ongoing threats to our Revolutionary heritage.
|Anson||Exact location unknown||Battle of Colson’s Mill|
|Anson||Private property||Mount Pleasant|
|Cleveland||Site not proven, on private property||Graham’s Fort|
|Cumberland||Public property, but no access||Moore’s Campsite|
|New Hanover||Exact location lost||Rouse’s Tavern|
|Pender||Private property||Lillington’s Grave|
|Randolph||Mill flooded, grave usually blocked by active farm||Bell’s Mill|
|Richmond||Private property||Harrington Graves|
|Union||Exact site lost, on private property||Battle of Wahab’s Plantation|