Posts Tagged ‘pirates’

A pirate-themed living history program in Bath, an in-depth look at the Tar Heel State in World War I in New Bern and one of the largest craft fairs in the country in Asheville are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find across North Carolina this weekend.

Here are eight ideas for weekend fun across North Carolina:

1.Explore Historic Bath‘s connection to Blackbeard and other pirates Saturday during Pirates in the Port, a living history program.



2. Discover the stories and images of World War I through artifacts, photos, reenactors and exhibits during a World War I Weekend at Tryon Palace in New Bern.



3. See some of the traditional and contemporary crafts produced by Appalachian artists at the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands throughout the weekend in Asheville.



4. Watch the classic film To Kill a Mockingbird at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh Saturday to celebrate the release of Harper Lee’s new book.



5. Enjoy a screening of the acclaimed 1956 thriller The Killing at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem Thursday.



6. Taste delicious crab cakes made by four volunteer guest chefs and vote on your favorite at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort‘s annual crab cake cook-off Friday.



7. Experience the unique sound of the Punch Brothers during an outdoor concert Thursday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.



8. See one of four performance of Shakespeare’s The Temptest staged throughout the weekend at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville.



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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Join the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort Saturday for pirate-themed
family activities, weapons demonstrations and more
as part
of the town-wide Pirate Invasion.

A pirate invasion in Beaufort, a chance to play in the clay in Mount Gilead and a children’s festival in Durham are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you can find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The weekend starts Thursday when Historic Edenton will offer sneak peek tours of the recently restored Roanoke River Lighthouse in celebration of National Lighthouse Day.

Friday, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will let visitors meander through its galleries after dark with the smooth country sounds of David Dyer & the Crooked Smile Band in the background before showing the 2013 hit film American Hustle under the stars.

Saturday will be a busy day across the state. In the east, the N.C. Maritime Museum inBeaufort will host weapons demonstrations and pirate-themed crafts and offer an educational and entertaining lunch with Blackbeard and his crew as part the town-wide annual Pirate Invasion. The museum’s counterpart in Southport will host model train displays and special tours focused on the area’s railroad history.

Historic Edenton will offer a yoga class on the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse lawn, while the Tryon Palace in New Bern hosts locally-raised artist Gerry King for a reception to celebrate his new book of paintings of Craven County . The CSS Neuse Interpretive Center in Kinston will host interpreters portraying nurses and a surgeon for a program on medicine during the Civil War, while Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson in Winnabow will offer hourly Civil War naval living history demonstrations focusing on torpedoes and deadly mines feared by the Union Navy. In Wilmington, the Battleship North Carolina will have volunteers demonstrating life at sea posted throughout the ship and host displays and artifacts highlighting the differences between the CSS and USS North Carolinas during the Civil War.

In the Piedmont, Burlington‘s Alamance Battleground will have colonial games, crafts and more as part of its kids’ day, while visitors to the State Capitol in Raleigh can get a rare glimpse of the attic and other normally hidden spaces on behind-the-scenes tours. In Durham, Duke Homestead’s annual children’s festival will include music and dancing, historical crafts and activities and more, while Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gileadwill give visitors the chance to learn about the Pee Dee culture, make pottery and see dugout canoes be built.

Back in Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of History will allow visitors to watch local painterSusan Brabeau as she works before offering a scavenger hunt and craft related to the unique 1920s dug store exhibit. Later in the afternoon the Museum of History will host a panel discussion on Morganton native and U.S. Senator Same Ervin and his role in Watergate. Across town, the N.C. Museum of Art will give kids and parents the chance to make a mosaic together after taking a short tour of the galleries and put on a concert by the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops in the Museum Park.

In the west, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will offer fun and creative art making activities for kids, before the Reed Gold Mine in Midland screens the movie Like Rats in a Trap that was filmed on site. The N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will offer a special scavenger hunt focusing on the art of automobile design, while showing off classic to modern Corvettes and Camaros during its All GM Show.

The weekend wraps up Sunday when SECCA will participate in Winston-Salem‘s city-wide Second Sundays on Fourth with art making activities for the whole family inspired by the film Short Circuit, and the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh closes its awarding-winning exhibit on the Watergate scandal.

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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A pirate invasion in Bath, a glimpse into plantation life in Creswell and a Civil War encampment 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 weekend gets off to a musical start Friday evening, when the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will show the Disney sensation Frozen outside under the stars.

Saturday promises something for everyone across the state. In the east, pirates will invade Historic Bath for a re-enactment of Blackbeard’s downfall which will also feature cooking demonstrations, lectures and the recreation of a pirate funeral. Civil War weapons will be the focus in Kinston, where the CSS Neuse Interpretive Center will showcase an extensive collection of weapons from the War Between the States and perform firing demonstrations throughout the day, while volunteers demonstrating life at sea will be posted throughout the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington. The ship will also host submarine veterans for a display on what their daily life experiences were like aboard these undersea craft.

Pirates will invade Historic Bath Saturday.
Join them for family fun.

Elsewhere in the east, Aycock Birthplace in Fremont and Historic Halifax will both host community yard sales where visitors can discover the history in their neighbors’ old stuff, while Historic Edenton will offer another installment of its popular yoga classes on the picturesque lawn of the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse. The Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will present a program on Coast Guard aviation complete with hands on activities, a film screening and the chance to meet veterans, while period games, dramatic performances of slave narratives and arts and food vendors will be featured during a showcase of plantation life at Somerset Place in Creswell.

Two programs related to nature round out the events in the eastern part of the state Saturday. The program at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will focus on whales and include science activities for kids using the museum’s massive 34-foot whale skeleton, while the Maritime Museum in Southport‘s “N.C. Wild” program will include crafts and the chance to touch and learn about a variety of coastal creatures large and small.

In the Piedmont, Duke Homestead in Durham will celebrate the tastes of the Tar Heel State with a barbecue cook-off, juried pie competition, historical cooking demonstrations and more, while Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead will let visitors try their hand at archaeology and have birthday cake on hand to celebrate the big day of an archaeologist who did pioneering work at the site. Alamance Battleground in Burlington will bring alive the Colonial era with military and civilian living history demonstrations, while the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum in Sedalia will feature performances and work by local artists as part of its African American Arts Festival.

Dramatic performances of slave narratives will be just one part of Somerset Place’s glimpse into plantation life Saturday

The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will let visitors observe historic costume marker Andy Sterlen while he fashions an 18th century coat, and then give them to chance to try a few stitches of their own. Across town, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will offer a gallery tour and studio time for families focused on kids’ books and present a concert of the smooth, Southern sounds of Loundon Wainwright III and Iris Dement, while in Cary, the N.C. Symphony will play a concert with Captain and Maria von Trapp’s great-grandchildren featuring tunes from the Sound of Music.

They’ll be plenty to do in the west, too. Asheville‘s Thomas Wolfe Memorial will host well-known Tar Heel writer Heather Ross Miller for a poetry reading and book signing, while the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will help kids make music-related crafts. Just up the road in Pinnalce, Horne Creek Farm will highlight the region’s quilting traditions with weaving and knitting demonstrations and a small vendor fair featuring homemade crafts.

Throughout the weekend, Vance Birthplace in Weaverville will come alive with sights and sounds of Civil War camp life for a living history program, while SECCA will host performances of Billy and the Gold Pencil, a new, comic book-inspired rock musical featuring the work of North Carolina musicians.

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 to get started on your summer reading, but not sure where to start? Look no further, than North Carolina Historical Publications!

From general overviews of historical topics to detailed histories of specific places and people to primary documents and maps, Historical Publications has something for everyone, and between now and the end of the June, most of Historical Publications’ more than 160 titles are discounted between 50 and 90 percent!

As part of series of blog posts we did last year, Historical Publications recommends checking out the following titles if you’re specifically interested in looking for a light summer read:

  1. The Lost Colonists: Their Fortune and Probable Fate by David Beers Quinn: A discussion the composition of the Lost Colony of 1587, the conditions on Roanoke Island, and the activities of the English colonists after landing there.
  2. The Pirates of Colonial North Carolina by Hugh F. Rankin: Originally published in 1960, this paperback is the most popular title ever published by the Historical Publications Section and has never gone out of print.
  3. Gold Mining in North Carolina: A Bicentennial History by Richard F. Knapp and Brent D. Glass: The first documented discovery of gold in the United States was in 1799 at John Reed’s farm in Cabarrus County. This book traces the history of gold mining in North Carolina from that discovery to the 20th century.
  4. North Carolina Legends by Richard Walser: North Carolina is a place where history has been enriched by legends and folklore. The 48 colorful Tar Heel tales in this volume include well-known stories like “Virginia Dare and the White Doe” and “Old Dan Tucker” and some less-familiar ones, too!
  5. North Carolina as a Civil War Battleground by John G. Barrett: This popular title presents an overview of Civil War North Carolina, with information on secession, preparations for war, battles fought in North Carolina, blockade-running, and the coming of peace.

Conveniently enough all five of these titles and many, many more are significantly marked down, so head on over to the Historical Publications online store and order your copy today!

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Musket and cannon fire will fill the air Saturday and Sunday as Fort Dobbs demonstrates 18th century camp life in Statesville

Performances of slave narratives in Durham, a French and Indian War living history in Statesville and programs for preschoolers across the state are just a few of the opportunities for family 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 A New Coat for Anna and take kids for a visit to one of the museum’s galleries, while across town the N.C. Museum of Art will offer a hands-on craft program for preschoolers focused on places in art. Later in the day, the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will give a special, behind-the-scenes tour of Morehead City’s port, and the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville will present a fascinating lecture on African Americans in the military.

Friday the fun continues with a pirate-themed program for preschoolers at the Maritime Museum in Beaufort, and two different programs celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City — one for preschoolers and the other for elementary and middle school-aged children. In Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of Art will also give you the chance to try your hand at archaeology and show the Hitchcock classic To Catch a Thief.

Saturday, the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will offer two more great programs, a screening of the movie The Cat in the Hat and a bonsai workshop, while Sunday the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will offer the first of its At The Throttle program, which gives visitors the chance to get behind the “wheel” of a train.

Throughout the weekend, Statesville‘s Fort Dobbs will commemorate the 254th anniversary of the attack on Fort Dobbs with a living history programDurham‘s Historic Stagville will present critically-acclaimed performances of impactful slave narratives in Let Them Be Heard and Winston-Salem‘s Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) will showcase the work of young writers.

The N.C. Symphony will also perform Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake ballet in Chapel Hill and Raleigh, while the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will offer family-friendly tours, complete with activities for the kids.

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Raising a cask hoop concretion

Raising a cask hoop concretion

After the weekend, we returned to site with the focus of separating the individual elements that make up the pile. A large anchor, A2, lies atop 8 cannon. With such a large concentration of iron, the cannon and anchor have concreted together to form one massive concretion – too large to recover all together. To recover artifacts from the pile we need to separate them. We began this work this week. We first tried using an old fashioned hammer and chisel, but it quickly became apparent that the immense concretion was too thick to attack with man-power alone.  A pneumatic chisel attached to an air compressor on the deck of R/V Jones Bay proved to speed up the process, and we made some headway.  The pneumatic chisel has made it much easier to map and remove cannon balls and ballast stones as we come upon them lodged deep within the concretion.

A beautiful day with calm, glassy waters

A beautiful day with calm, glassy waters

We also managed to raise two large cask hoop concretions and another concretion of unidentified artifacts, along with an assortment of small objects and get them all transported back to the lab.  Another very productive week for the team, considering we only worked three days because of Labor Day and one bad weather day!  The seas flattened out entirely on Thursday, and by Friday, the visibility climbed to 15 feet. All the divers marveled at the rare opportunity to be able to see the entire wreck site upon descent.

Our team grew this week with the addition of ECU graduate student Nicole Wittig. We are excited to have her on board for the remainder of the fall season!

Week 5 was September 3-6.

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By Kimberly Kenyon, QAR Conservator 

Some of the highlights from the second part of August include the discovery of a previously-unknown cannon under a large concretion and the raising and transport of several large concretions. Here’s an overview:

Week 3: August 19-23

Recovering the deadeye strop concretion

Recovering the deadeye strop concretion.

Divers surfaced on Monday with the exciting news of a previously unknown cannon lying within the immense concretion that makes up the pile. This new cannon, which is estimated to be a two-pounder based on its size, brings the cannon grand total to 28! This cannon is also the eigth located in this particular pile. Our numbers seem to be edging closer and closer to the 40 cannon purportedly on the QAR at the time of grounding. Will we find all 40? We certainly hope so!

U.S. Coast Guard crane operators removing the sounding weight concretion from Jones Bay

U.S. Coast Guard crane operators removing the sounding weight concretion from Jones Bay.

Tuesday, we were able to raise two large concretions using the davit (think of a small crane, like one used to raise and lower lifeboats off the sides of ships). One contained two lead sounding weights and a deadeye strop;  the other  had two massive deadeye strops. It’s always exciting to find pieces of the ship’s rigging!

Wednesday, we moved the dredges to units 244, 245, 247 and 248, where cannon C-26 and C-27 were found. After removing the sandbags and overburden, the smaller dredges were employed so that sediment could then be collected in the sluices on deck.  Unfortunately, the winds turned again, so we spent Thursday and Friday on shore. At least it allowed time for Kim, Jeremy, and Greg to count and weigh all the ballast stones raised so far and put them in storage. It cleared up some much needed space on the dock at Fort Macon.

Heavy concretion with 2 large lead sounding weights visible (bottom)

Heavy concretion with 2 large lead sounding
weights visible (bottom).

The visibility has been improving, and with all this close-up time with the pile, we have been spotting a certain curious octopus lurking. Julep has even gotten some video of him. Unfortunately, he is going to have to be evicted from his home on the pile so we can get to work!

Greg (left) and BJ (right) lowering the dredge to the seabed.

Greg (left) and BJ (right) lowering the dredge to the seabed.

Week 4: August 26-30

Brick fragment.

Brick fragment.

Various small finds are finally coming to light during the fourth week of work on site. Greg identified a brick fragment just underneath cannon C-7 in unit 246, and he also very carefully lifted and recovered a fragment o12f pine sacrificial hull planking in unit 270!  We hope this is a good indicator of what may still be buried in nearby units.

Fragment of pine sacrificial planking.

Fragment of pine sacrificial planking.

We have been lucky this week in observing a number of local wildlife species. Kim spotted a sting ray just west of anchor A2, Julep managed to get some more video footage of the octopus still lurking around the pile, Danny was very excited by a dolphin escort one morning while we were headed out, and flounder are beginning to appear around the site.

Morning dolphin escort.

Morning dolphin escort.

Finally, a large batch of artifacts raised over the course of the previous three weeks was delivered to the QAR lab in Greenville on Friday.  Since so many of the concretions were oversized and too heavy for us to physically load them onto our trailer, we made use once again of the U.S. Coast Guard’s team of crane operators to assist us. Two cask hoop concretions, the lead sounding weight concretion, a deadeye strop concretion and a nail concretion were all loaded quickly and efficiently, and all the boxes of smaller finds were loaded up and transported to the lab.

We lost Greg and Jeremy with the end of the week – they were a tremendous help on site and will be sorely missed!

Nail concretion shortly after recovery.

Nail concretion shortly after recovery.

Stay tuned! We’ll be bringing you updates from September’s field work soon.

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