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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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Gov. McCrory and Sec. Kluttz with Buncombe County Commissioners David King and Joe Belcher and state Rep. Michele Presnell

Against the backdrop of breathtaking mountain views, Sec. Susan Kluttz celebrated the hard work of local elected officials, Cultural Resources staff members and other supporters at a reception at the Governor’s Western Residence last week. While the Secretary met with and thanked the supporters of Cultural Resources’ historic sites and museums in the mountains, Gov. Pat McCrory dropped in for a moment to share his appreciation for history with the crowd. In his brief remarks, he emphasized the importance of cultural institutions to our state and the region, and the need to find creative solutions to fund those institutions in the future.

Sec. Kluttz with N.C. Historical Commission Chair Millie Barbee and long-time DCR supporter Martha Fullington

Ramona Bartos, Cultural Resources’ Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, even got a few moments to tell the governor some of the history behind the beautiful midcentury modern residence that the crowd was enjoying. The house was built in 1939 by Tom Briner, owner of Good Humor Ice Cream, who loved to spend time in western North Carolina with his wife. The property was donated to the state in 1964. You can read more about the history of the home in this great feature done by Our State magazine.

The large crowd gathered showed the wide support that DCR venues have in the west. Among those in attendance were state Rep. Michele Presnell, who represents Haywood, Madison and Yancey Counties; Buncombe County commissioners Joe Belcher and David King; and Christian Edwards, Jeff Futch, Terrell Finley and Chris Morton, all Cultural Resources site managers at western venues.

Sec. Kluttz, Deputy Sec. Kevin Cherry and N.C. Historical Commission member Dr. Valerie Johnson at the Historical Commission meeting

The Secretary also had the chance to chat with Millie Barbee, the newly-appointed chair of the N.C. Historical Commission. Barbee, who currently lives in Blowing Rock, previously served as the Commission’s vice chair, and had a long-career as a public history professional in Beaufort and Morganton. The food and drinks for the reception were donated by long-time supporter former state historic preservation specialist Martha Fullington and a number of local businesses.

The reception followed a meeting of N.C. Historical Commission, which Sec. Kluttz attended. The commission is the chief policy making body over the Office of Archives and History, which comprises all of Cultural Resources’ history-related agencies.

Click here to see more photos from the day’s events.

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Take a Ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, this (and next) weekend at the N.C. Transportation Museum.

Norwegian prints, Civil War-era reenactors and rides on Thomas the Tank Engine are just a few of the fun things you’ll find this weekend at the sites and museums of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Start your weekend off early with the N.C. Arts Council at the installation of the North Carolina’s poet laureate this afternoon. The celebration will begin around 4:30 in the old House of Representatives chamber in the State Capitol. Later in the evening, Historic Bath will screen The Help as part of its historical films series, while Elisha Minter will portray Fannie Lou Hamer, a civil rights activist, in a storytelling program at Tryon Palace.

Starting Friday morning and continuing through Sunday, Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends will be on hand at the N.C. Transportation Museum. Take your kids out for rides on Thomas, music, Thomas-themed games and activities and the opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt.

On Saturday and Sunday, Bennett Place in Durham will host a living history program on the Civil War homefront in North Carolina. Visitors will have the chance to see what is was like to be left behind after the men went off to war. Both days, Vance Birthplace in Weaverville will have 1800s military demonstrations and other pioneer life activities, while the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will offer special tours of the Gone with the Wind exhibit, led by the owner of the collection himself!

On Sunday, the N.C. Museum of Art will debut a widely-acclaimed exhibition of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch’s work, a lecture at the Museum of the Cape Fear will examine the role of railroads in the Civil War and a talk at the Museum of History will describe how the South was packaged for pop culture consumption.

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