Snow Camp, North Carolina
Snow Camp is an unincorporated community in southern Alamance County, North Carolina noted for its rich history and as the site of the Snow Camp Outdoor Theater. The community has a large Quaker population centered on the pre-revolutionary era Cane Creek Friends Meeting.
The origin of the name of the community is disputed, but the most commonly accepted story as to how the name came about was that before the American Revolution a group of hunters from Pennsylvania camped there during a snowfall. The lesser accepted story is that General Cornwallis camped there during a snowfall around the time of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse. Geographically, Snow Camp is situated in the piedmont region of the state.
Though quite small, Snow Camp is historically significant. Herman Husband, a leader in the Regulator Movement lived here. The Regulator Movement culminated in the Battle of Alamance prior to the Revolutionary War. During the Revolutionary War, battles were fought nearby at Lindley's Mill, Clapp's Mill, and at Pyle's Defeat. Snow Camp was also a site of early Quaker settlement in North Carolina, as Friends from Pennsylvania migrated to the Cane Creek valley in the mid-1700s and established the Spring Meeting at Snow Camp; several historic buildings clustered around the spring remain from that settlement.
The old Plank Road, a main artery in colonial times, ran through a portion of Snow Camp.
Today Snow Camp remains a small but vibrant community that honors its deep roots to the past.
- History of Spring Meeting, Snow Camp
- Official website of the Snow Camp Outdoor Drama
- Institute of Outdoor Drama at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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