Moores Creek National
40 Patriots Hall Drive
Currie, North Carolina 28435
Explore Moores Creek National
Located in a rural area, the battlefield
retains a serene and contemplative setting. The park receives a wide
variety of visitors - individuals, families and school groups - yet
it remains quiet and reflective in nature.
"King George and Broadswords! shouted
loyalists as they charged across partially dismantled Moores Creek
Bridge on February 27, 1776. Just beyond the bridge nearly a 1,000
North Carolina patriots waited quietly with cannons and muskets
poised to fire. This dramatic victory ended British rule in the
The loyalists, mostly Scottish Highlanders
wielding broadswords, expected to find only a small patriot force.
As the loyalists advanced across the bridge, patriot shots rang out
and dozens of loyalists fell, including their commanders.
Stunned, outgunned and leaderless, the
loyalists surrendered, retreating in confusion. Wagons, weapons and
British sterling worth more than $1 million by today's value were
seized by the patriots in the days following the battle.
In addition to ending British authority in the
colony, the patriot victory led North Carolina to be the first
colony to vote for independence. The Battle of Moores Creek Bridge,
coupled with the Battle of Sullivans Island near Charleston, SC a
few months later, influenced the 13 colonies to declare independence
on July 4, 1776.
THE BATTLEFIELD TODAY
Throughout the park, remnants remain of the
1776 road traveled by patriot and loyalist forces. A .7-mile trail
with wayside exhibits leads through the battlefield and across
Moores Creek. The historic bridge site is located along the trail.
Moores Creek offers a variety of bird habitats
and is a member of the North Carolina Birding Trail.
Moores Creek, a very deep, black water creek
is home to a variety of edible fish. Fishing is allowed in the
picnic area only.
A large picnic area with a covered shelter,
tables, charcoal grills, and restroom facilities, is available for
use by visitors.
The park's 88 acres encompass a variety of
landscapes ranging from dry pine forests to a small, wet-pine
savanna. Moores Creek travels through the park and is a tidally
influenced "black water" creek with considerable cypress
The park maintains checklists for birds and
flowering plants. A boardwalk traversing the creek provides good
locations to see migrating spring warblers and the park is part of
the NC Birding Trail. Restoration work has been underway since 1996
on the savanna.
More than 25,000 bunchgrass plants were
introduced between 2003 and 2005 (Aristida stricta and Ctenium
aromaticum). The savanna is burned using prescribed fire on a
regular schedule to maintain the open habitat and improve habitat
for state-listed plant species. Long-leaf pines are planted annually
throughout the park.
Did You Know?
America's National Guard is the descendant of America's 18th
century colonial militia units. Patriot militia at the battle of
Moores Creek Bridge in 1776 won the first southern victory of the
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