Step back in time at Hardee's Retreat
Friends of Trinity invite everyone to step back in time and experience the War Between the States at Hardee's Retreat, a Civil War battle re-enactment.
The free community event will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13, at the historic Albertson House on Meadowbrook Drive in Trinity.
“This is our sixth year putting it on,” said Charles “Tuck” Barber, a Friends of Trinity member and event organizer, “but it has been going on for 10 to 12 years.”
The event commemorates the surrender of Confederate General William Hardee, who was camped at Trinity College with 20,000 soldiers and 7,000 horses spread over six miles along the road leading to Archdale. He was responsible for slowing Union General William T. Sherman's infamous March to the Sea by delaying Sherman at Savannah, Ga., and later fought with Confederate General Joseph Johnston at the Battle of Bentonville. He only surrendered at Trinity when he learned that Johnston was negotiating surrender at Bennett Place in Durham.
Hardee is widely believed to have been the last to lower the Confederate flag.
“All this took place in Trinity,” said Barber. “They started building the house during the war and people can learn a lot.”
Aside from three battles with live mortar fire, two on Saturday and one on Sunday, there will be a blacksmith, an outdoor living history museum and Sutlers General Store. Visitors may tour campsites set in authentic period.
The Robertson Boys, a bluegrass band, will play throughout the day except during the battles. Hayrides will be available, weather permitting.
“It's a good event to get out for,” Barber explained. “You can have a good time and just cut the kids loose and not worry.”
And it's all free.
“Well, except the food,” Barber added. “Y'all do have to pay for that.”
This year the food includes not only the barbecue, pintos and hot dogs attendees have come to expect, but Brunswick stew.
Sunday's events also include a church service. Donnie Lunsford of New Grace Baptist Church in Thomasville will lead the 9 a.m. service.
“Everyone is welcome at the Sunday service,” Barber told the NEWS. “We always have lots of local people who come out. We sing a few of the old hymns, have a bit preaching, nothing fancy.”
The battles will be held rain or shine, he added, so don't let a little water deter you.
In addition to Hardee's Retreat, Friends of Trinity hold a veterans luncheon, spaghetti supper and the annual car show and chili cookoff. The civic group also maintains the kiosk at the corner of N.C. 62 and Meadowbrook Road, which houses school artwork, old photographs and more. The content is rotated monthly.
2014 Hardee's Retreat schedule
10 a.m. Camp opens
10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Battle, skirmish and live mortar fire
5 p.m. Camp closes
9 a.m. Camp opens, church service
2 p.m. Battle, skirmish and live mortar fire
3 p.m. Camp closes