The weekend is upon us and Guilford Courthouse National Military Park (GCNMP) would be a fabulous place to spend time relaxing. The park, located at 2332 New Garden Road, is a good starting point for learning some of Greensboro's history. The park commemorates a Revolutionary War battle fought on March 15, 1781- The Battle of Guilford Courthouse.
The military park was established in 1917 (during World War I and the Russian Revolution) and remained a part of the War Department until it was transferred to the National Park Service in 1933. GCNMP is small, but that is part of its appeal. It is fun to bike on the established trails and fun to visit with a wagon full of children in tow. The park is especially enjoyable on the bustling days of reenactments and concerts when it is teeming with people; the way George Catlin intended parks to be and the way Georges Seurat painted them.
In the above photo, people are gathered around the statue of Nathanael Greene, a major general in the Continental Army for the Revolutionary War and the man for whom Greensboro is named. Did you know that the two North Carolinians who signed the Declaration of Independence (William Hooper and John Penn) are buried here? Did you know that GCNMP has a website to help teachers plan lessons centered around visiting the park? They also have materials to LOAN to teachers. Visit now and, teachers, book early.... school is about to start.