Kick-Off Weekend Takes Place at Historic Site and N.C. History Center, Nov. 28-30
NEW BERN -- Black Friday will mark the beginning of Holiday Kick-Off Weekend at Tryon Palace. Events will be held Nov. 28-30 and include holiday-inspired tours, colonial decorations, crafts for children, a performance by Jonkonnu and a visit from Father Christmas.
Events begin on Friday with holiday-themed tours of the Governor’s Palace, Dixon House and Stanly House. This ticketed event includes tours through the historic site, where visitors will see decorations inspired by traditions from colonial America, native plants and Eastern North Carolina’s coastal heritage. Among the decorations inside and outside of each building are boxwood garland, fir wreaths and decorative pieces made from fruits, seashells, cotton and more.
Decorations will be on display for daily tours during Holiday Kick-Off Weekend and continue through Jan. 4 during normal business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday). Tickets are available at the North Carolina History Center at a cost of $20 for adults, $10 for youth (grades 1-12) and free to children five and younger. Members of the Tryon Palace Foundation will also be admitted at no cost.
HALIFAX -- Colonial Christmas traditions along with a lively Christmas Parade will combine to create a festive atmosphere for all on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m.- 4p.m.
Enjoy a tour of several of the historic site's buildings, festively decorated with natural materials from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can also tour other Halifax buildings and churches that are not regularly open to the public including from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Glen Ivey House, the Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception, and First Baptist (with cider and cookies).
Tour Halifax Baptist from 12 noon to 4 p.m., and Halifax United Methodist from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also tour one of the oldest Masonic lodges in the state, Halifax's own Royal White Hart Lodge, No. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by the visitor center for a complete schedule and map.
KURE BEACH -- The sights and sounds of Civil War artillery will be highlighted on Saturday, December 6, 2014, when Fort Fisher State Historic Site presents “We Kept Our Courage Up: Artillery at Fort Fisher.” This program—a precursor to the much-larger 150th anniversary program in January—will focus on commemorating the first Federal attack on Fort Fisher in December 1864. At that time in the war, Confederate defenders at Fort Fisher withstood a substantial union naval bombardment and a floating bomb. Civil War re-enactors will set up displays of camp life and talk with visitors about the life of the soldiers, sailors, and Marines from both sides of the December 1864 campaign.
The free program is open to the public and will be held from 10 am to 4 pm. Through out the day, Fort Fisher will be firing the site’s 32-pound seacoast rifled and banded cannon. Costumed interpreters will be on hand to interpret the drill and equipment of the massive rifled cannon that would have been found at Fort Fisher during the attack in December 1864. The 32-pound cannon will be fired at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, and 4 pm.
KURE BEACH -- Fort Fisher State Historic Site will celebrate the upcoming holiday season by hosting its annual Holiday Open House on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the visitor’s center.
Open House visitors will enjoy seasonal refreshments, decorations, and entertainment throughout the day, including an array of holiday musical selections by the Murray Middle School Jazz Band, under the direction of David Tyson. The event will also feature storyteller and musician John Golden, as well as Masonboro Parlor, a group of local musicians who offer a unique combination of dance and period music. Current members of the group include John Bennett, Carole Green, Susan Wilzer, and Mary Ruth Marshall.
For this one day only, a special 25% discount will be offered on all museum shop merchandise, so visitors can stock up on gifts for the history enthusiast on their list.
RALEIGH -- The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources is pleased to announce that 17 individual properties and districts across the state have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The properties below were reviewed by the North Carolina National Register Advisory Committee and were subsequently approved by the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Officer and forwarded to the Keeper of the National Register.
"Architecture is among North Carolina's rich cultural treasures," Governor Pat McCrory said. "These selections are North Carolina's adaptations of classic American styles of architecture ranging from a plantation house to a downtown auto dealership. I'm pleased these sites have merited selection to the National Register so they can be preserved, enjoyed and studied by future generations."
"The National Register is a vital tool in the preservation of North Carolina's historic resources," said Susan Kluttz, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. "North Carolina is a leader in the nation's historic preservation movement. When all of the buildings in historic districts classified as contributing to the districts' significance are counted, it is estimated that North Carolina has approximately 73,300 National Register properties."
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