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A Revolutionary War battle re-enactment in Sanford, a celebration of the Coast Guard’s birthday in Beaufort and a family campout in Raleigh are just of opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend across North Carolina.

Here are nine events we have on our weekend agenda:

1. Blast into the past at the House in the Horseshoe’s annual battle re-enactment Saturday and Sunday in Sanford.

 

2. Celebrate the U.S. Coast Guard’s 225th birthday with a reception Friday and special tours of a 47-foot motor lifeboat Saturday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

3. Watch the 2014 family favorite The Book of Lifeunder the stars at Raleigh‘s N.C. Museum of Art, and then camp out in the museum’s park.

4. Enjoy a classical music performance during the Eastern Music Festival’s closing weekend in Greensboro.

5. Tour the North Carolina State Highway Patrol: Service, Safety, Sacrifice exhibit at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh before it closes Sunday.

 

 

6. See Ford cars and trucks from throughout history at the N.C. Transportation Museum’s Annual All-Ford Show Saturday in Spencer.

 

 

7. Learn about colonial and Civil War life in the lower Cape Fear from costumed interpreters Saturday at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson in Winnabow.

 

 

8. Hear four authors discuss different aspects of the observance of Juneteenth, Saturday during a panel discussion at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville.

 

 

9. Learn more about North Carolina’s role as the capital of the Confederacy in the waning days of the Civil War during a lecture Saturday at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach.

 

 

Check out DCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend! If you know someone who’d like to receive these emails, they can sign up on the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources website.

Two movies under the stars in Raleigh, a celebration of old time music in West Jefferson and a new exhibit of historic bicycles in Spencer are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Here are seven things we have on our weekend agenda:

1. See a movie under the stars at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh. The museum will be showing two recent favorites this weekend: The Theory of Everything on Friday and Birdman on Saturday.

 

 

2. Enjoy the soothing sounds of traditional mountain music at the Ashe County Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Convention in West Jefferson throughout the weekend.

 

 

3. Watch a performance of Shakespeare’s The Tempest at the Museum of the Cape Fear inFayetteville.

 

 

 

 

5. Dive deep into the life of controversial Civil War General Braxton Bragg during a lecture Saturday at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach.

 

 

6. Join Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead Saturday for a 5k run and walk to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

 

 

7. Check out a new exhibit of historical bicycles open throughout the weekend at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer.

 

 

Check out DCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

A pirate-themed living history program in Bath, an in-depth look at the Tar Heel State in World War I in New Bern and one of the largest craft fairs in the country in Asheville are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find across North Carolina this weekend.

Here are eight ideas for weekend fun across North Carolina:

1.Explore Historic Bath‘s connection to Blackbeard and other pirates Saturday during Pirates in the Port, a living history program.

 

 

2. Discover the stories and images of World War I through artifacts, photos, reenactors and exhibits during a World War I Weekend at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

 

 

3. See some of the traditional and contemporary crafts produced by Appalachian artists at the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands throughout the weekend in Asheville.

 

 

4. Watch the classic film To Kill a Mockingbird at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh Saturday to celebrate the release of Harper Lee’s new book.

 

 

5. Enjoy a screening of the acclaimed 1956 thriller The Killing at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem Thursday.

 

 

6. Taste delicious crab cakes made by four volunteer guest chefs and vote on your favorite at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort‘s annual crab cake cook-off Friday.

 

 

7. Experience the unique sound of the Punch Brothers during an outdoor concert Thursday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 

 

8. See one of four performance of Shakespeare’s The Temptest staged throughout the weekend at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville.

 

 

Check out DCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!
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A streetcar that operated in Charlotte during the 1800s (above), compared to the one that began service today (below). Images from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission and Charlotte Observer, respectively.

Earlier today, Charlotte inaugurated the CityLYNX Gold Line, its first streetcar service in 77 years.

Though the service is being heralded as a new innovation for transportation and economic development, it’s not the first time the vehicles have been seen on North Carolina streets.

The Tar Heel State’s first streetcars were horse-drawn and began operating in Wilmington and Raleigh in the mid to late 1880s. The first electrified system made its debut in Asheville in 1889, and similar networks quickly cropped up in Durham, Greensboro, High Point, Raleigh, Salisbury, Wilmington and Winston-Salem.

Charlotte’s system got its start in January 1887 as a horse-drawn operation, and was electrified in 1981 after prominent businessman Edward Latta collaborated with other entrepreneurs to make the leap. At its peak the system carried 2 million passengers annually on 29 miles of track and 50 passenger cars.

The Charlotte Trolley on loan to the N.C. Transportation Museum.
Image from Trains Magazine.

A historic trolley car that was built in World War I, originally used in Athens, Greece’s system and then imported for use on Charlotte’s heritage trolley line is now on loan to the N.C. Transportation Museum where it is being repaired. You can get a peek of it just about any day in the Back Shop, but the best time to see it is when it’s brought out for view during the museum’s special events.

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Streetcars on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, crica May 1909. Image PhC.68.1.98 from Carolina Power & Light Collection of the State Archives.

Visit the N.C. Transportation Museum’s website for a more detailed history of the vehicle’s connections to the Old North State.

A celebration of Tar Heel food in Durham, a birthday bash for a pioneering archaeologist in Mount Gilead and a traditional sailboat race in Beaufort are just of the few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find with N.C. Department of Cultural Resources this weekend.

To help you make the most of your limited time, here are 10 suggestions for things to check out this weekend:

1. Celebrate North Carolina’s food history and culture with a BBQ cook-off, mock Tobacco Queen pageant, pie competition and more Saturday at Duke Homestead in Durham.

 

 

2. Play games that were popular during the 1800s Saturday at Vance Birthplace in Weaverville.

 

 

3. Join Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead Saturday for games, kids’ activities and living history demonstrations in celebration of the birthday of one of North Carolina’s pioneering archaeologists.

 

 

4. See a race of traditionally-rigged sailboats Saturday at the N.C. Maritime Museum inBeaufort that will recall the historic voyages that carried the news of the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the Outer Banks.

 

 

5. Discover how plants have historically been used for medicine and hygiene Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh and take home recipes to keep yourself and your home fresh throughout the summer.

 

 

6. Learn the story of the long leaf pine’s near-extinction and the effort to revive it in the Lower Cape Fear region Saturday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport.

 

 

7. Watch the family favorite How to Train Your Dragon 2 under the stars at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh Friday.

 

 

8. Break out your sunglasses and flip-flops and enjoy a day filled with beach-themed activities at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City Thursday.

 

 

9. Enjoy a vibrant concert of jazz tunes by the N.C. Symphony and the Hot Sardines Thursday in Cary.

 

 

10. Make art with your kids while watching classic cartoons Saturday at the Southeastern Center for the Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.

 

 

Check out DCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

A scavenger hunt in Southport, an ice cream social in Old Fort and concerts of patriotic music throughout the state are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find across North Carolina this weekend.

To help you make the most of your limited time, here are 14 suggestions for things to check out this weekend:

1. Hear the Declaration of Independence be read by an interpreter portraying John Penn and celebrate the holiday with games, crafts and living history demonstrations Saturday at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

 

 

2. Get the most of Southport‘s widely-acclaimed Fourth of July celebration by completing a scavenger hunt offered by the N.C. Maritime Museum there.

 

 

3. Enjoy the Fourth of the July at the State Capitol in Raleigh with musical performances, military displays, a naturalization ceremony and kids’ activities.

 

 

4. Join Manteo‘s Roanoke Island Festival Park in celebrating America’s 239th birthday with fireworks and a concert by the Second Marine Aircraft Wing Band.

 

 

5. Watch a patriotic fireworks display over downtown Wilmington Saturday evening from the deck of the mighty Battleship North Carolina.

 

 

6. Honor America’s birthday at the Red, White and Bluegrass music festival in Morganton.

 

 

7. Sample some ice cream while soaking in the smooth sounds of a local bluegrass group Saturday at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort.

 

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8. Gather around the fire and hear stories told in the traditional mountain style, Thursday at Vance Birthplace in Weaverville.

 

 

9. Recall the great music of the Carter Family and their frequent collaborator Lesley Riddle throughout the weekend at Riddlefest in Burnsville.

 

 

10. Learn about the history of Chicamacomico Station and the U.S. Lifesaving Service during a film screening Thursday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

 

 

11. Listen to patriotic tunes performed by the N.C. Symphony at concerts throughout the weekend in Wilmington, Garner and Cary.

 

 

12. Celebrate Independence Day with music, special tours and a fireworks display Saturday at Historic Halifax, the site of America’s first official cry for independence.

 

 

13. Discover the history behind the Medal of Honor and meet recipients of the award from the Wilmington area Saturday at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach.

 

 

Check out DCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

Schools across North Carolina and out and summer has been here officially for a week. There are so many great things to see and do over the coming season that we decided to put together a list of 10 things that are on our agenda for the summer:

1. Discover North Carolina’s rich history of film and television production at the N.C. Museum of History’s Starring, North Carolina! exhibit. The museum is running a Starring, North Carolina! summer special, with all tickets marked down 50%.
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2. Try to strike it rich by panning for gold at Reed Gold Mine in Midland.
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3. Take a look back at the Tar Heel vacations of yesteryear through photos and videos made available online by the State Archives. The Outer Banks History Center’s Flickr site, the Travel and Tourism Digital Collection and the State Archives’ Travel and Tourism Videos playlist are three great places to start your search.
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4. Stop by one of our historic sites or museums near your beach house or on the way to it.
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5. See a movie or concert under the stars at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.
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6. Attend a summer arts or music festival or watch an outdoor drama. The N.C. Arts Council has a great list of the not-to-miss events.
7. Add a North Carolina novel or work of non-fiction to your summer reading list.
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8. Check out I DO! Weddings in the Albemarle, 1831-2015, a new exhibit at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City.
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9. Beat the heat and cool off in the air conditioning at one of our nine art and history museums across the state.
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10. Step aboard President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train when it makes its only stop in the Southeast at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer August 29 and 30.
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Check out the summer section of our newly-redesigned website for more tips on experiencing authentic North Carolina arts, history and culture this summer. Happy exploring!

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