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While the Pinehurst and North Carolina’s broader Sandhills region may be famous for being home to some of the world’s best golf courses, the area has a spectacular cultural scene as well. If you’re one of thousands of folks who will be in town for the men’s and women’s U.S. Open Championships during the next couple of weeks here are few things not to miss:

Join the N.C. Symphony for a
free concert June 13

Free Concert by the North Carolina Symphony

In celebration of the U.S. Open coming to Pinehurst, the N.C. Symphony will perform a free concert, Friday, June 13, at 8 p.m. on Pinehurst’s Tufts Park. The concert will feature Beethoven’s power 5th Symphony and also include “Sketches from Pinehurst,” which was written by the Symphony’s own Terry Mizesko when the U.S. Open came to Pinehurst in 2005.

Be sure and check the Symphony’s Facebook page for any weather updates.

Local Galleries

Moore County, where Pinehurst is located, has some wonderful art galleries to explore, and the Arts Council of Moore County in downtown Southern Pines is the best place to start. The gallery there features local, regional and national artists. There is also a lovely shop where you can purchase local art.

If you’d like to bypass visiting the Council in person, it produces a fantastic online list of local galleries, artists and studios in the area.

Literary Heritage in Southern Pines

The Sandhills area region is also known for having a rich literary heritage. A great starting point to exploring that heritage is the Literary Trails of Eastern North Carolina guidebook, produced by the N.C. Arts Council and published by UNC Press.

One of the more famous authors from the area is James Boyd. Boyd’s Southern Pines estate is now the Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities, which in turn is the home to the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. Weymouth played host to many great writers during its time including William Faulkner, the editor Maxwell Perkins, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe and others, and the Hall of Fame now there is certainly worth a visit.

Revolutionary War re-enactors at House in the Horseshoe

Revolutionary-Era History

The site of a significant Revolutionary War skirmish, House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site is about a 30-minute drive north of Pinehurst. Aside from the fascinating Revolutionary tale Horseshoe tells, it’s worth a visit to see some cutting edge archaeological work that will be taking place there during the next couple of weeks.

Seagrove Pottery Area

The jewel of the region’s cultural scene is perhaps the Seagrove pottery area. Home to more than 100 potters, many of whom open their studios to visitors, the heart of pottery mecca is just under 45 minutes north of Pinehurst. Originally attracted to the region for its abundant clay deposits, the craftsmen of area were able to survive a few decades longer than many others displaced by factory-produced ceramics because of their remote location and need for jugs from the local whisky distilling industry.

Explore Seagrove’s deep pottery tradition at
the N.C. Pottery Center

Stop by the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove to find out more about the pottery history in Seagrove and across the state. The center, designed by famed architect Frank Harman, is a great jumping off point for deeper discovery.

Farther Afield

If you’re looking to explore more of North Carolina’s rich arts and culture, some other places that are relatively nearby (within an hour and 15 minute drive) that are worth checking out include:

  • Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead is a world-class archaeological site focusing on early Native American culture, specifically that of the Pee Dee civilization
  • Fayetteville’s Museum of the Cape Fear interprets and explores the history of southeastern North Carolina
  • The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh tells the story of 14,000 years of North Carolina history all under one roof
  • On the premiere art museums in the South, the N.C Museum of Art, also in Raleigh, has a permanent collection which spans more than 5,000 years, from ancient Egypt to the present

What are you most looking forward to about your trip to Pinehurst? Or if you’re a local, what are your favorite cultural destinations? Tell us in the comments.

For more ideas on exploring North Carolina’s rich arts, history and culture, check out our weekend roundup series and the N.C. Arts Council’s arts trails websites.

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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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