On August 5, 1781, a battle between Revolutionary War Patriots and Tories took place at the home of Mrs. Phillip Alston in Moore County. Mrs. Alston surrendered to the Patriots to save the lives of her children. Known as the House In The Horseshoe because it is located in a C-like bend in Deep River, the Alston home changed ownership several times before the Moore County Historical Society acquired it in 1954. The state then took ownership, restored it, and furnished it with colonial period decorations. Each year, during the first weekend in August, a reenactment battle is held.