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Bennett Place will celebrate fall 19th century style Saturday and Sunday.

A 19th century autumn festival in Durham, an end-of-summer stargazing session in Mount Gilead and a celebration of vintage cars and trains in Old Fort 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 starts Friday, when visitors to Tryon Palace in New Bern have the chance to win more than $1,000 in prizes at the inaugural Governor’s Challenge Cornhole Tournament. Elsewhere at the coast, Hatteras‘s Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum will host a lecture commemorating the 60th anniversary of Hurricane Hazel and the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will help kids and parents create college art for public display.

In Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of Art will kick off its fall film noir series with the classic Hitchcock thriller Strangers on a Train and offer a special gallery talk and tour to complement its new photography exhibit Private Eye. The tour will be led by the collector who donated the work in the exhibit.

Saturday starts with behind-the-scenes tours of the State Capitol in Raleigh, and just in time for the harvest, guided tours of the N.C. Museum of History’s agriculture exhibitacross the street. Food will be the focus in Pineville, where the President James K. Polk Historic Site will host special tours of its kitchen building and let visitors try their own hand at colonial chores. Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead will help visitors get the most out of some end-of-summer stargazing, while the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort will celebrate vintage cars and trains with family activities, unique artifacts and a lecture.

At the coast Saturday, the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will help visitors build a boat in a day and host archaeologist Ryan Bradley for a talk on whaling. Visitors can even bring in family photos and artifacts related to the industry and have Bradley take a look at them.

Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Symphony will open its 2014-2015 season with concerts featuring award-winning saxophonist and composer Branford Marsalis in Raleigh and Chapel Hill, while Bennett Place in Durham comes alive with the sights and sounds of the 19th century home front to celebrate the arrival of autumn.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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From left to right, the Mayor of Weaverville Al Root, state Rep. Michele Presnell, Sec. Susan Kluttz, Mayor of Asheville Terry Bellamy and state Reps. Nathan Ramsey and Joe Sam Queen.

From left to right, the Mayor of Weaverville Al Root, state Rep. Michele Presnell, Sec. Susan Kluttz, Mayor of Asheville Terry Bellamy and state Reps. Nathan Ramsey and Joe Sam Queen.

It was log cabins and frontier forts with a dash of literary history for the Department of Cultural Resources senior staff last week.

Last Thursday and Friday, Secretary of Cultural Resources Susan Kluttz, Chief Deputy Secretary Karin Cochran, Deputy Secretary Kevin Cherry and Keith Hardison, Director of State Historic Sites and Properties, toured the Department’s sites and offices in western North Carolina. During the course of the trip, they visited Fort Dobbs in Statesville, Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort, Zebulon B. Vance Birthplace in Weaverville and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville.

Historic Sites Director Keith Hardison, Sec. Susan Kluttz and Thomas Wolfe Memorial Site Manager Christian Edwards

Historic Sites Director Keith Hardison, Sec. Susan Kluttz and Thomas Wolfe Memorial Site Manager Christian Edwards

In addition, they also visited the Department’s western office, which is located right off the grounds of the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Asheville. At each, the Department leaders listened to staff and supporters, especially those at the Mountain Gateway Museum and Vance Birthplace. The current proposed state budget calls for the former to close and the latter to go dormant.

Kluttz encouraged these supporters to expand the local ‘friends group’ and build greater local government and private support for the site. She also emphasized that while she and the department support the governor’s budget, she values sites  and museums and recognizes these proposed changes will be difficult for all.

“Our department knows how valuable this is,” Kluttz told the McDowell News. “We came up voluntarily because we are concerned about that and we wanted to hear from you.”

Cultural Resources Deputy Secretary Kevin Cherry with X children.

Cultural Resources Deputy Secretary Kevin Cherry with Tar Heel Junior Historians.

Secretary Kluttz also took a side trip to Wilkes Art Gallery in North Wilkesboro, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to providing quality experiences in the arts through exhibits, classes, workshops and field trips for all ages where she spoke at a dinner on the importance of art in community and in education. The Secretary emphasized the ability of the creative economy to spark local economic development.

Deputy Secretary Kevin Cherry, Secretary Susan Kluttz and Fort Dobbs staff member Scott Douglas.

Deputy Secretary Kevin Cherry, Secretary Susan Kluttz and Fort Dobbs staff member Scott Douglas.

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