The House in the Horseshoe, also known as the Alston House, is a historic house in Glendon, North Carolina in Moore County, and a historic site managed by the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources' Historic Sites division. The home, built in 1772 by Philip Alston, was the site of a battle between loyalists under the command of David Fanning and patriot militiamen under Alston's command on either July 29 or August 5, 1781 (the date being unclear in available records). The battle ended with Alston's surrender to Fanning, in which Alston's wife negotiated the terms with the loyalists.With our international travel planner, Deep River attractions like House in the Horseshoe can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
In 1798, the home was sold to Benjamin Williams, who would become Governor of North Carolina from 1799–1802, and again in 1807–1808. Williams owned approximately 103 slaves and produced about 300 acres of cotton annually at the site of the house.
The Moore County Historical Association purchased the home in 1954, and ownership was then transferred to the state in 1955. The property was made a North Carolina Historic Site in 1971. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970. The property is now used as a museum and as the site of Revolutionary War reenactments and living history demonstrations each year.
Create an itinerary including House in the Horseshoe
House in the Horseshoe Reviews
The House in the Horseshoe is a beautiful State Historic Site (not a State Park) near Sanford, NC. I've visited the site quite a few times and they have been making lots of improvements over the last.... more »
House in the Horseshoe is a great historic museum to visit. The house was built in 1772 and there would have been more other buildings surrounding it than there are now. The cotton gin was turned... more »
Plan your trip to Deep River
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Plans to House in the Horseshoe by other users
10 days in Fort Bragg BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular sights Preferences: July Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 33 days in Apex BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems Preferences: June, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 1 day in Cameron BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, popular sights Preferences: January Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 4 days in Bear Creek BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, historic sites, shopping, popular sights Preferences: December, historic sites, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 1 day in Bear Creek BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular sights Preferences: November Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 2 days in Asheboro BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems Preferences: November, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium