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North Carolina’s historic sites, museums and other cultural institutions will be spreading good cheer across the state this weekend.

Civil War-style celebrations of Christmas in Durham and Four Oaks, a Polar Express adventure in Elizabeth City and a 1940s holiday bash in Sedalia are just a sampling of fun programs you’ll find throughout Tar Heel State.

Here are 17 events not to miss:

1. Cookies and cocoa at Dr. Brown’s home in Sedalia Saturday. The snacks are part of a larger program at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum that looks at Christmas during the 1940s.

2. Music, crafts, food and fun as part of Christmas at the Big House, Christmas at the Quarters at Historic Stagville in Durham Saturday.

3. 1830s Christmas Candlelight tours of Vance Birthplace in Weaverville Saturday, where visitors will play the part of travelers seeking lodging for the night at the Vance home.

4. A Civil War Christmas at Bennett Place in Durham Saturday and Sunday, complete with traditional cooking demonstrations, caroling and decorations from the period.

5. Ornament-making at Mount Gilead‘s Town Creek Indian Mound Saturday. Visitors can choose to make edible “orniments” for birds or a clay decoration for their tree.

6. A German-style “Golden Christmas” at Reed Gold Mine in Midland Saturday. Craft demonstrations, candlelight tours of the mine and activities for the kids will all be part of the fun.

7. Refreshments and the chance to see what life was like for common Civil War soldiers on furlough during the holidays during Bentonville Battlefield’s Christmas program in Four OaksSaturday.


8. A fun-filled Christmas extravaganza featuring classic seasonal songs throughout the weekend at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo.

9. Pinecone decorating and stories surrounding the origins of the Christmas tree as part of aVictorian Christmas at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport Saturday. 

10. A Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla along the Beaufort waterfront Saturday night, right near the N.C. Maritime Museum.

11. A glimpse into the splendor of the season on an antebellum plantation, complete with traditional decorations and a good ole’ fashion Southern meal, Sunday at Somerset Place inCreswell.  

12. Nighttime tours of Durham‘s Duke Homestead decorated for an 1870s Christmas Friday.

13. Arms drills, cannon firing and displays of Civil War camp life at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach Saturday to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first Federal attack there .

14. A Polar Express-themed holiday celebration at the Museum of Albemarle in Elizabeth City Saturday, featuring carriage rides and a model train village based on the family film favorite.

15. Performances of Handel’s Messiah by the N.C. Symphony and N.C. Master Chorale throughout the weekend in Raleigh and Southern Pines.

16. A lecture and book signing on growing up in Raleigh during the 1940s and 50s Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

17. Stories of Christmas past and special treats at the Mountain Gateway Museum Saturday, in conjunction with the Old Fort Christmas parade.

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.

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The Legislative Building under construction circa 1960-1963. Image from the N.C. Museum of History's collection

The Legislative Building under construction circa 1960-1963. Image from the N.C. Museum of History‘s collection

In just a few weeks we’ll celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Legislative Building on Jones Street in downtown Raleigh. The General Assembly moved into that building for the 1963 session after meeting in the State Capitol on Union Square since 1840.

In celebration of the anniversary, the N.C. Museum of History has designed an ornament of the building. Since 1983, the Museum of History has released a new ornament annually as part of a series. The series focuses on North Carolina state buildings, symbols and geographical locations. Past ornaments have depicted the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Wright Flyer, Elizabeth II and other state landmarks.

This year's ornament of the Legislative Building

This year’s ornament of the Legislative Building

The Department of Cultural Resources has a number of other resources related to the history of the Legislative Building and the General Assembly more broadly, including:

For more information on the Legislative Building, visit the website of the General Assembly.

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A familiar question often rings out after days of togetherness at the holidays – “What can we do for fun?”  And, after holiday bills, many are looking for something to do as a family that doesn’t break the bank.   The NC Culture Blog continues our look at suggestions on how to “Make History This Holiday.”  (The ornament at right is from the Museum of History Gift Shop.)

Carolina Christmas

Carolina Christmas” is now available through the newly revamped North Carolina Digital Collections page.  The collection of holiday history from the North Carolina States Archives includes photographs, letters, diary entries, posters, greeting cards, recipes and other documents will delight young and old alike.

Online visitors can browse the materials or can select items from categories to see materials related to specific subjects that include cards, children, Moravians, Civil War, window displays, trees and wreaths, wartime Christmases, posters, the Executive Mansion and decorations.

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