Plan Your Visit

In spring and summer, bright flowers surround this plantation house named for its location on a horseshoe bend in the Deep River. The house (ca. 1770) was owned by Philip Alston, whose band of colonists seeking independence from Britain was attacked here in 1781 during the American Revolution by British loyalists led by David Fanning. Later, four-term governor Benjamin Williams lived in the house, which now features antiques of the colonial and Revolutionary War eras.

Hours and Location

Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed Sunday, Monday, and most major holidays

288 Alston House Rd.
Sanford, N.C. 27330


Admission is free.
A suggested donation of $2 per adult; $1 for children ages 5-12, and seniors, for guided tours of the Alston House is requested. 

Guided Tours

Guided tours are offered to visitors upon arrival. We ask that groups make reservations in advance.

Group Reservations


Historic Structures
The site includes the Alston House (1772) with four furnished rooms, a reconstructed loom house with working loom, corn crib, and wellhouse.
Visitor Center
The greeting station is an old packhouse with a small exhibit, sales desk, and offices.
Trails, Monuments, Outdoor Exhibits
A monument commemorating the July 29, 1781, skirmish was erected at the site by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). The grave of Gov. Benjamin Williams, along with that of his wife Elizabeth, his son, and daughter-in-law, has been relocated to the site.
Handicapped Accessibility
The historic house, gift shop, bathrooms, and musuem all have handicap accessible ramps. 
Picnic Facilities
Picnic tables are available on the grounds.
Gift Shop
A sales desk with items related to House in the Horseshoe is located in the greeting station.

Programs, Group Activities

Three annual programs are held at the site including the battle reenactment on the first full weekend in August. Musket demonstrations and other hands-on activities are available to scheduled groups upon request.

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