The Averasboro Battlefield Commission has been awarded approximately 30 acres of land on the Averasboro Battlefield by the American Battlefield Trust (formerly the Civil War Preservation Trust). The land, all in Harnett County, was formerly owned by Mr. and Mrs. Arthur West, staunch supporters of the Averasboro Battlefield Commission and Museum.
The Sandhills Area Land Trust worked in conjunction with the American Battlefield Trust to purchase the land and award it to the Averasboro Battlefield Commission. The land adjoins the famous ravine, which was an important part of the Battle of Averasboro fought on March 15 and 16, 1865.
C.C. Livingston, the director of operations for the Averasboro Battlefield Museum, said, “This land will help us fulfill our mission of preserving the past for the future. When we have living history events at the museum, this land will allow us greater flexibility in presenting the portrayal of history to our many spectators who come and visit with us. We cannot thank the American Battlefield Trust and the Sandhills Area Land Trust enough for providing us with this fabulous opportunity.”
With this latest land award, the Averasboro Battlefield Commission now owns over 102 acres of preserved land on the battlefield. The museum and battlefield attract more than 15,000 visitors to the Averasboro Battlefield annually.
Story courtesy The Daily Record. File Averasboro reenactment photo