ELIZABETHTOWN — If local history is your thing, then you won’t want to miss a triple-header on Tuesday when the Bladen County Historical Society and Harmony Hall Plantation Village Committee join forces for an informatoinal get-together at Elizabethtown Municipal Building on West Broad Street.
First up, starting at 6:30 p.m., will be Jodie Fraser, a re-enactor from Fayetteville, who is expected to speak about the history of Tory Hole and the Battle of Elizabethtown. She will also talk about how to apply for grants to benefit Harmony Hall Plantation Village in White Oak, and there will be a question and answer period.
At 7 p.m., there will be a business meeting and refreshments.
Immediately after, retired Prof. Guy Higgins of Farmville will speak about the importance of small battles to the outcome of the Revolutionary War — and he is expected to be dressed in full Revolutionary War uniform.
“… in many ways, and particularly in the Southern Campaign at the end of the Revolution, one can make a strong argument that the British lost their colonies because of the smaller battled, like the Battle of Elizabethtown,” Higgins said. “My talk will focus on those smaller battles (and) how they helped offset some of the disastrous American losses in the larger battles …
“I will also discuss the difference between regular troops and the soldiers of the militias, as well as the weapons they used,” he added.
Local history enthusiasts are looking forward to Higgins’ talk.
“I think it’s a real find for us to be able to have Prof. Higgins here to talk with and get to know more of the history,” said Seth Lewis, a member of the Harmony Hall Plantation Village Committee and Bladen County Historical Society. “I think people will be able to find out a lot about the Tory Hole they never knew.
“This will be quite an informative meeting that local historians won’t want to miss,” he added.
Along with the public, all officers of the Bladen County Historical Society and Harmony Hall Plantation Village Committee are urged to attend.
For information, call Bobby Lewis at 910-874-4011 or Seth Lewis at 910-770-3132.