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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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Looking for something to do with your out-of-town relatives this Thanksgiving weekend?  Concerts of seasonal music in Raleigh and holiday-themed tours in Edenton and New Bern are just a few of our offerings.

Here are five suggestions to get you started:

1. Hear some seasonal and classical favorites performed by the N.C. Symphony Friday and Saturday in Raleigh.

2. Celebrate Turkey Day aboard the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington. The ship will be open Thursday for regular, self-guided tours.

3. Take a holiday tour of the historic buildings at Historic Edenton Saturday and Sunday.

4. Explore the Tar Heel state’s rich film and television history at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. The museum and its new Starring North Carolina! exhibit are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

5. Kick off your holiday season at Tryon Palace in New Bern Friday, Saturday and Sunday with kids’ crafts, seasonally-themed tours and a visit with Father Christmas.

Keep in mind that nearly all of our historic sites and museums are closed for Thanksgiving Thursday, and many will remain closed Friday in observance of the holiday.

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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Chat with Revolutionary War re-enactors and experience colonial music and dance
Saturday at Historic Halifax

A celebration of Revolutionary War music and dance in Halfiax, behind-the-scenes Battleship tours in Wilmington and a mountain militia muster in Weaverville are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The fun and learning start Thursday when the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort hosts an informal lunchtime chat about a French merchant ship’s role in the American Revolution. Later that day, the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will give visitors a behind-the-scenes look at its 1888 steam-powered fire engine and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will host a special screening of a series of films by artist Kevin Jerome Everson in conjunction with its Gather Round exhibition of Everson’s work.

Friday, visitors to the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort can learn how to surf fish from an expert, while the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh shows the Wilmington-filmed thriller Maximum Overdrive as part of its Starring North Carolina! movie series. The N.C. Museum of Art will screen the 1950 thriller Gun Crazy across town.

Revolutionary War-era music, dance and special tours will be offered at Historic Halifax Saturday to celebrate the release of a new book set in the northeastern North Carolina town, while Historic Edenton will showcase another round of yoga classes overlooking the picturesque Albemarle Sound. In Wilmington, the Battleship North Carolina will host exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of unrestored sections of the ship.

Back in Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of History will offer guided tours of its beautiful outdoor agriculture exhibit and teaches kids about North Carolina’s rich tradition of pottery before helping them make a clay-based craft of their own. In the evening, the N.C. Museum of Art will have hors d’oeuvres and live music to celebrate its new exhibition of small-format paintings by Dutch and Flemish masters.

The weekend wraps up Sunday with a concert of old-time banjo music and traditional songs at the N.C. Museum of History and an afternoon of family activities at the Museum of the Albemarle in conjunction with the city-wide Walk for Hunger.

Throughout the weekend, New Bern‘s Tryon Palace will have free garden admission and a heritage plant sale in conjunction with city-wide MUMfest celebration and Vance Birthplace in Weaverville will come alive with the sights and sounds of a mountain militia camp during the Revolutionary War.

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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Gov. McCrory and Sec. Kluttz with Keith Nixon, chairman of the Chowan County Board of Commissioners; Bob Quinn, Edenton town councilman and chairman of the town's 300th Anniversary Committee; Bill Green portraying Governor Charles Eden; and Roland Vaughan, mayor of Edenton.

Gov. McCrory and Sec. Kluttz with Keith Nixon, chairman of the Chowan County Board of Commissioners; Bob Quinn, Edenton town councilman and chairman of the town’s 300th Anniversary Committee; Bill Green portraying Governor Charles Eden; and Roland Vaughan, mayor of Edenton.

Native American and colonial re-enactors greeted Sec. Susan Kluttz as she joined Gov. Pat McCrory, members of his cabinet and several other state and local officials in celebrating the 300th anniversary of Edenton.

The day kicked off with a morning celebration of music and food vendors on the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse green. While waiting for the official ceremony to begin, Gov. McCrory greeted a re-enactor portraying one of his colonial forbearers – Gov. Charles Eden – as his ship landed at the dock  The colonial governor joined Governor McCrory in a parade through town.

Re-enactors aboard Roanoke Island Festival Park’s boat Silver Chalice dock at Edenton as part of the festivities

As the official ceremony began, Cultural Resources Secretary Kluttz joined others in remarks and introduced the Governor to the crowd. Deputy Sec. Kevin Cherry read a proclamation honoring the anniversary and State Archivist and Keeper of the State Seal Sarah Koonts presented the proclamation to Gov. McCrory for his official seal. This was the first public seal ceremony of this administration! Though the seal generally remains in the governor’s office at the State Capitol, the State Archives—a division of Cultural Resources—is its official repository.

A reception in the courthouse followed, as did opportunities for members of the public to play colonial games and participate in colonial craft activities on the Iredell House lawn. Governor McCrory and Secretary Kluttz greeted many in the crowd. Despite a few showers, fun was had by all.

A crowd of spectators and re-enactors
celebrate Edenton’s anniversary

While in Edenton, the Secretary also took a tour of North Carolina’s oldest house—recently dated by the department’s Historic Preservation Office staff—and the Roanoke River Lighthouse—which the department moved in cooperation with local partners last year.

The courthouse and several other historic structures in Edenton are part of Historic Edenton State Historic Site.

We can’t wait to celebrate Edenton’s 301st! Check out more images of event here.

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