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Greensboro in Guilford County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Park Founders

Guilford Courthouse NMP

 

— National Park Service —

 
Park Founders Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 1, 2010
1. Park Founders Marker
Inscription.  Nearby monuments commemorate park founders David Schenck and Joseph M. Morehead. Appalled at the neglect of the battlefield in the 1880s, Schenck directed the purchase of historic land and incorporated the Guilford Battle Ground Company to preserve the site and construct monuments. Schenck’s and Morehead’s efforts helped establish the battleground as a national park. Both men served as president of the Company.

Their intent was not to restore the rugged, wooded appearance of 1781 but to create an attractive “pleasuring ground” where Americans could contemplate monuments associated with the battle and the nation’s birth. The park’s 28 monuments turn the actual historic ground into a landscape of ideas, highlighting different perceptions of the battle and how to commemorate it.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary.
 
Location. 36° 7.952′ N, 79° 50.688′ W. Marker is in Greensboro, North Carolina, in Guilford
Marker in Guilford Courthouse NMP image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 1, 2010
2. Marker in Guilford Courthouse NMP
County. Marker is on Guilford Courthouse Auto Tour Road, on the left when traveling west. Marker is located in Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, on the auto tour at stop 8. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greensboro NC 27410, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Capt. George Reynolds (a few steps from this marker); The Monument and the General (within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph M. Morehead (within shouting distance of this marker); Nathanael Greene (within shouting distance of this marker); Brig. Gen. Edward Stevens (within shouting distance of this marker); Signers of the Declaration (within shouting distance of this marker); Signers Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); William Hooper (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greensboro.
 
More about this marker. The bottom portion of the marker contains a photograph of “Officers of the Guilford Battle Ground Company. David Schenck (center) wrote that in 1882 he ‘could not find a half dozen persons who could point out . . . the scene of the battle,’ which consisted of ‘abandoned and eroded fields covered with broom sedge and field pines.’ ” Also present is a portrait of “Joseph M. Morehead, second president of the Guilford Battle Ground Company.”
 
Also see . . .
1. Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. National Park Service website. (Submitted on August 28, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. The Battle of Guilford Courthouse. Account of the battle from the American Revolution War website. (Submitted on August 28, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Park Founders Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 1, 2010
3. Park Founders Marker
David Schenck Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 1, 2010
4. David Schenck Monument
Joseph Morehead Morehead image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 1, 2010
5. Joseph Morehead Morehead
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 28, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 513 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 28, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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