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North Carolina’s largest Civil War re-enactment in Four Oaks, a festival of art and flowers in Raleigh and a night under the stars in Mount Gilead are just a few opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Here are 10 suggestions to help you make the most of your time:

1. See North Carolina’s largest Civil War re-enactment Saturday and Sunday at Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks.

 

 

2. Join the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh for Art in Bloom, its inaugural festival of art and flowers throughout the weekend. Master classes, art making, lectures and breathtaking flower displays will all be part of the fun.

 

 

3. Make art in the Wake Forest Baseball Park in Winston-Salem Saturday with the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) and other local arts organizations.

 

 

4. Discover how the staff at Horne Creek Farm in Pinnacle used oral histories and other primary sources of information to restore the buildings on site during a program Saturday.

 

 

5. Spend a night under the stars at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead, one of the best spots for stargazing in the Tar Heel State.

 

 

6. Learn tips and tricks for deciphering and preserving your old family photos at a workshop presented by the N.C. Genealogical Society and the State Archives Saturday in Raleigh.

 

 

7. Hear about the history behind Parker Legwear, one of western North Carolina’s largest textile operations, Saturday at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort.

 

 

8. Explore the history of the U.S. Coast Guard in North Carolina through a new exhibit at the Outer Banks History Center in Manteo.

 

 

9. Experience the works of female jazz and blues icons through songs and stagecraft during “Mama’s Got the Blues,” a multimedia production at Tryon Palace in New Bern Thursday.

 

 

10. Take your kids to the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City Friday to

 

 

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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Durham’s Duke Homestead will be transformed into a Victorian house
in mourning Saturday. Stop by for a candlelight tour!

Spooktacular crafts and games for the whole family in New Bern, tours of a Victorian house in mourning in Durham and a Civil War field hospital brought to life in Four Oaks are just of the few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The fun starts Friday when the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wind Band performs a concert on Tryon Palace’s picturesque South Lawn in New Bern, and the Museum of the Albemarle helps kids create a colorful piece of fall-themed art in Elizabeth City. In Raleigh, staff from the N.C. Museum of History will give advice to visitors on how to best preserve their family treasures, and the N.C. Museum of Art will host a lunch and lecture highlighting the history of female artists in its collection.

Saturday, Historic Stagville in Durham will highlight the “secret” history of pumpkins, serve up some pumpkin-themed desserts and help kids carve a pumpkin of their own, while the State Library and State Archives will host speakers and a variety of exhibitors during their annual Family History Fair in Raleigh. Just outside the Triangle in Four Oaks, Bentonville Battlefield will have wagon rides, corn shucking and carnival games as part of its fall festival, before coming alive as a Civil War field hospital in the evening, with interpreters portraying surgeons performing operations and amputations. Also in the evening, Durham‘s Duke Homestead will be transformed into a house in mourning for special candlelight tours.

Elsewhere in the Piedmont,  the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville will offer ghost stories, traditional Halloween carnival games and a trick or treat at its 1897 Poe House, while Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead will invite visitors to enjoy an evening of stargazing on its grounds. The N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will have hay rides, old-time games and crafts and a pumpkin patch for kids as part of its inaugural harvest festival.

At the coast Saturday,Tryon Palace will explore the history of Halloweens past and offer spooktacular crafts and games for the whole family as the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport tells tales of lost souls, pirates and other mysteries from the Lower Cape Fear region in celebration of Halloween. Historic Edenton will celebrate the 240th anniversary of the Edenton Tea Party with colonial games and activities for families, while the Museum of the Albemarle hosts a murder mystery tea party.

In Asheville, Lenoir-Rhyne writing professor Laura Hope-Gill will offer a “Write with the Wolfe” workshop for new writers and lead an architecture tour of Asheville focusing on the buildings of Thomas Wolfe’s era in conjunction with the Thomas Wolfe Memorial.

Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Symphony will perform Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto in Raleigh and Chapel Hill, and the Museum of the Cape Fear will host its annual Halloween tours of the Poe House.

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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Happy first day of fall! Autumn is always an amazing time to get out there and explore all the unique outdoor and cultural destinations that the Tar Heel State has to offer.

To celebrate this year’s Fall Equinox, we thought we’d share seven activities we have on our fall bucket list that you should try, too:

1. Take a stroll in the N.C. Museum of Art’s Museum Park.

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Thanks to this year’s great weather, the museum still has some outdoor concerts and movies left.

2. See how North Carolinians celebrated fall during the Civil War at Bentonville Battlefield.

3. Take in the breathtaking fall foliage 19th century-style at Vance Birthplace.

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 4. Sample a heritage heirloom apple at Horne Creek Farm.

Horne Creek is home to the Southern Heritage Apple Orchard, which preserves more than 400 varieties of old southern apples. Many of those varieties are on the brink of extinction. The Annual Cornshucking Frolic in October is a great excuse to visit.

5. Find your favorite North Carolina sounds at a fall music festival.

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We’re especially excited for the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival in Manteo this weekend and the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh next week.

6. Explore a different kind of fall beauty at Tryon Palace’s gardens.

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This weekend’s Family Day and Mumfest in October are two of the best times to visit.

7. Pick a pumpkin at the N.C. Transportation Museum’s Harvest Festival.

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As you begin to explore all that North Carolina has to offer this season, be sure and tune into Visit North Carolina’s website and social media for fall foliage and fishing reports from the State Parks, and tag all your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts with #visitnc; we’ll be passing along some of our favorites.

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Free concerts by the N.C. Symphony, Civil War living history programs and several more rare chances to see the 13th Amendment  are just a few of the great programs offered by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources across the state this weekend.

The weekend kicks off Thursday when Vance Birthplace in Weaverville offers music, lectures and dramatic readings in conjunction with a visit by the 13th Amendment as part of DCR’s limited statewide tour of this important and fragile document.

Our popular traveling exhibit of treasuress from Blackbeard’s sunken flagship will open at Historic Bath Friday, just as the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh hosts a poetry slam tied to its Estampas de la raza exhibition and screens the film 42: the Jackie Robinson Story. The 13th Amendment tour will stop in Sedalia at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum, where it will be accompanied by a lunch and learn lecture and children’s activities.

Saturday, re-enactors will be on hand at Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks to discuss the typical Civil War soldier’s life, while the CSS Neuse Center in Kinston will put on a program focusing on challenges of the Civil War home front, including Mourning practices, homeguards and food shortages.

Elsewhere in the east, Aycock Birthplace in Fremont will display vintage farm equipment and host beekeepers demonstrating their craft to celebrate life on the farm, while the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington showcases a premier display of World War I arms, clothing and equipment from enthusiastic costumed collectors and stations volunteers throughout the ship to explain specific topics like the galley and radar. The N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport will focus on World War II with a program featuring living historians and hands-on activities for kids, while Historic Edenton will offer a yoga class on the beautiful lawn of the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse.

In the Triangle, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will offer a gallery tour and studio time for families focused on sculpture, before hosting an evening concert by a Beatles tribute band and screening a documentary about the legendary group. The N.C. Museum of History, also in Raleigh, will let visitors watch Native American artist Alyssa Hinton at work and then make a mixed media collage to take home with them, and host a singing of the national anthem for Flag Day. In Durham, Duke Homestead will give visitors the chance to explore its hometown’s historic roots and experience the modern art, music and food of the Bull City with Bull Fest, while Historic Stagville will display the 13th Amendment in a slave cabin while offering music, genealogical consultations and other programs. In Cary, the N.C. Symphony will play a circus-inspired concert combining classical masterpieces and contemporary hits as acrobatic artists swirl above them.

In the west, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will show cartoons and offer art making activities for kids centered around pencils and drawing. SECCA will also open a new exhibit that explores just how extraordinary the ordinary can be Saturday.

Throughout the weekend, Fort Dobbs in Statesville will light up with cannon fire during re-enactments of 18th century camp life and the N.C. Symphony will play free concerts of Beethoven’s dramatic 5th Symphony in JacksonvillePinehurst and Washington. At Pinehurst, the Symphony will be showcased during the U.S. Open activities.

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Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Babe Ruth’s first home run in
Fayetteville Saturday with the Museum of Cape Fear

A baseball blast from the past in Fayetteville, a music-focused family fair in Winston-Salem and an exploration of African art for families in Raleigh are just of the few of the opportunities for fun you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The weekend fun starts Thursday morning when staff from the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will read the story Pirate Girl and take kids for a visit to one of the museum’s galleries, and continues Friday evening in Elizabeth City when artwork from the Museum of the Albemarle’s popular “Paint and Cookie” program will be featured as part the city’s First Friday Art Walk.

Also Friday, the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville will rededicate a historical highway marker to Babe Ruth, while the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will show two silent films and give visitors the chance to explore the museum’s galleries at night with food, wine and live music.

Saturday will packed full of family fun. In Fayetteville, the Museum of the Cape Fear will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Babe Ruth’s first home run with a baseball blast from the past, complete with re-enactors in period uniforms playing a pair of games using the rules and customs of the 1800s. In Raleigh, the N.C. Symphony will offer an engaging concert for families in which kids can play an active role, while the N.C. Museum of Art will showcase its spectacular collection of African art for families and then give them studio time to make a related craft.

At the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, the focus will be on music Saturday. SECCA will first host a lively family fair, complete with storytelling, hands-on crafts and an instrument petting zoo and then host the legendary bluegrass musicians Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn in concertElizabeth City‘s Museum of the Albemarle will host a Pinewood Derby for some local boy scouts, while the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort and Western Regional Archives in Asheville both present lectures on African American freedom following the Civil War.

This weekend is also your last chance to experience the splendor of Imperial Russia right here in North Carolina. The Tsars’ Cabinet and Windows into Heaven exhibitions at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will close Sunday.

For more information on these and other events, please visit NCCulture.com. Enjoy a fun North Carolina weekend!

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Midshipmen LearningDuring the past couple of days, midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy have been using Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site in Winnabow as part of their training. The midshipmen—all senior engineering students—were studying the remains of the colonial wharves and other cultural and natural assets located on the Brunswick Town waterfront. They are also working with state archaeologists and other preservationists to come up with solutions for protect these historic wharves and other assets.

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Brunswick Town isn’t alone in its outreach to and use by members of the military. Troops take tours of Bentonville Battleground in Four Oaks to learn lessons from 19th century battle techniques and apply them to today’s combat situations. Modern medical units also help out with some of Bentonville’s heath-themed living history programs, contrasting Civil War with modern field medicine

Just this past weekend, members of the National Guard were at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach for a simulated war exercise, where soldiers practice their tactical and planning skills in situations designed to mirror real-life challenges they could face. The fort hosts soldiers for similar exercises throughout the year.

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Visiting with World War II re-enactors, singing along with 19th century holiday carolers and a step back in time to a Civil War Christmas are just a few of the ways you can experience North Carolina’s arts and history this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Start your weekend off Thursday evening with a lecture on race and truth in Thomas Wolfe’s work at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville. The intellectual discovery continues Friday with a lecture on book signing on mariners during the Civil War at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

The weather may be warm this weekend, but you’ll catch the holiday spirit Saturday by seeing how Civil War soldiers and civilians celebrated the season at Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks, creating holiday-themed crafts at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead or taking a Christmas candlelight tour of the specially-decorated underground tunnels at Reed Gold Mine in Midland. The N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will offer train rides with Santa throughout the day and cookies and cocoa with Santa and his elves in the Roundhouse in the evening.

The Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will also be offering a holiday craft workshop and an open house, while the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort will stay open late to celebrate the holidays and the Maritime Museum in Beaufort will provide a great spot to see the annual Christmas flotilla. Aside from the holiday events, the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will present a lecture on historic preservation in the Near East and the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington will bring World War II to life.

Sunday, the holiday cheer continues with caroling during tours of the 1897 Poe House at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville and an Antebellum plantation Christmas open house at Somerset Plantation in Creswell, while the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will offer a tea and tours of its two visiting exhibitions.

The N.C. Symphony will present Handel’s classic Christmas oratorio Messiah in Southern Pines Thursday and in Raleigh Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Only a few tickets are left, so act fast!

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