Posts Tagged ‘Alamance Battleground’

The annual lighting of the state holiday tree in Raleigh, ornament making in Asheville and a demonstration of military life on North Carolina’s western frontier in Statesville 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 18 suggestions to help you make the most of your weekend:

1. Join Gov. Pat McCrory for the state tree lighting and holiday festival at the State Capitol in Raleigh Thursday.

2. Learn how Christmas was celebrated by Civil War soldiers and sailors at home and in the field at the CSS Neuse Interpretive Center Saturday in Kinston.

3. Meet historical figures from the Lower Cape Fear region and hear some seasonal stories from the area at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport Friday as part of the town-wide Winterfest celebration.

4. Explore two of Raleigh‘s iconic landmarks-the Executive Mansion and the State Capitol-decorated for the season and open for tours throughout the weekend.

5. Make a holiday ornament Saturday at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville.

6. See how soldiers braved the harsh winter on North Carolina’s western frontier Saturday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.

7. Attend an authentic candlelit service at the ruins of St. Philips Anglican Church and explore how American colonists celebrated Christmas at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson’s 18th Century Christmas Saturday in Winnabow.

8. Enjoy a concert of classical Christmas selections by Mozart, Bach and others Saturday in Chapel Hill.

9. Spend a festive holiday afternoon with Duke Homestead in Durham Sunday, as part of the site’s Victorian Family Christmas.

10. Delight in the sights, sounds and tastes of Christmases past with music, hearth-baked food, children’s activities and special tours at Historic Bath Saturday.

11. See Iron Man 3 Friday as part of the N.C. Museum of History’s Starring North Carolina!film series in Raleigh.

12. Celebrate the season with Historic Edenton, which will be hosting caroling at the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse and the annual James Iredell House holiday “groaning board”throughout the weekend.

13. Experience the spectacle of a colonial Christmas at Tryon Palace complete with fireworks, fire-eating, magic tricks and meetings with military re-enactors representing 300 years of history throughout the weekend in New Bern.

14. Hear the music and taste the food of an 1897 Christmas in Fayetteville at the Museum of the Cape Fear’s Holiday Jubilee Sunday.

15. Tour the stately buildings at Historic Halifax decorated for the season Saturday.

16. Join Alamance Battleground in Burlington for dulcimer music, refreshments and musket firings as part of its annual holiday open house Saturday.

17. See 18th century craft demonstrations as you listen to period music and sample seasonal treats at the House in Horseshoe’s holiday open house Saturday in Sanford.

18. Take a family-friendly tour of the Small Treasures exhibition at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

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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Sec. Kluttz with Dr. Sam Powell (in a Continental Soldier’s uniform)
and local school kids

On Monday, October 14, Secretary Susan Kluttz visited Alamance Battleground for the beginning of the historic site’s annual celebration called Colonial Living Week. There, she enjoyed various living history demonstrations along with hundreds of school children. Together, they learned about candle making, rifles, flags, chair caning, writing with a quill, cooking over an open fire and dyeing cloth. The Secretary met a horn maker who demonstrated the art of scrimshaw, or carving. Some of the kids tried their hand at rolling a hoop around the vast grounds which was a favorite game of children during the Colonial era.

Alamance Battleground Site Manager Bryan Dalton, Sec. Kluttz, Jimmy Campbell and Keith Hardison with school kids

Costumed interpreters — including Dr. Ted Henson, Dr. Sam Powell, Lisa Cox, Chester Bennett, Brianna Jenkins, Jewel Clark and Jimmy Campbell — made history come alive for the interested kids and adults by discussing their craft or duty and why it was important to people who lived then. Site Manager Bryan Dalton told Secretary Kluttz that ‘Regulators’ battled with Gov. Tryon’s militia over taxes, dishonest sheriffs and unfair fees imposed by the British Crown at Alamance Battleground. While these farmer-soldiers, he said, lost at Alamance, they would become the inspiration for colonists to fight the British during the American Revolutionary War.

At week’s end, attendance at Colonial Living Week topped all records! A total of 3,032 students and adults participated in this fun event. Congratulations Bryan and your team at Alamance Battleground!  See you next year.

Click here to see more pictures of the Secretary’s trip.

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More than 1,700 students from across North Carolina will see that history can be both interesting and fun at Alamance Battleground State Historic Site during its 32nd annual Colonial Living Week through October 12. The week-long living history event features costumed interpreters who will recreate and introduce those in attendance to colonial life in the eighteenth century.

Open-fire cooking, candlemaking, quill pen writing, chair caning and blacksmithing are just a few of the demonstrations visitors can see each day between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Colonial soldiers with flintlock muskets and a cannon will also be on hand to showcase militia camp life.  A period musician will also play Regulator songs while a staff surgeon will display surgical instruments and discuss period medical practices. An operating cider press offers the young people a chance to make and sample their own apple juice.  Questions about men’s and women’s period clothing will be answered by a colonial housewife.

Alamance Battleground State Historic Site is where Royal Governor William Tryon and the colonial North Carolina militia defeated the Regulators at the Battle of Alamance on May 16, 1771.  Insight about the use of armed resistance gained from the battle later benefited revolutionaries during the American Revolution.

The Battleground is located on N.C. 62 in Burlington.  Call Alamance Battleground at (336) 227-4785, send them an e-mail or check out their website for more information or to make a reservation. This event is free and open to the public, but donations are appreciated.

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