MIDLAND, N.C. -- Thousands of miners flocked to the nation's first documented gold find, not in the hills of California, but in the piedmont of North Carolina. In 1799, a shiny and heavy rock found by little Conrad Reed and used for a doorstop was, in reality, a 17-pound gold nugget. Once identified, the news spread and the Carolina Gold Rush was on.
The Reed farm is now the popular Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site where visitors can still pan for gold through October. A webcast at the site Sept. 18 at 10:30 a.m. will explore the history of gold mining in North Carolina, and anyone can sign up to view the webcast at http://www.ncdcr.gov/DCRTV.
The Department of Cultural Resources staff will take questions during the live webcast.
The Last Campaigns: The Civil War Ends in North Carolina
Freedom | Sacrifice | Memory
The final, major campaigns of the Civil War were fought in North Carolina. The winter and early spring of 1865 saw the South's last major port fall in Wilmington, the last major arsenal fall in Fayetteville, the state's largest battle fought at Bentonville, the surrender of a state capital in Raleigh and the largest surrender of Confederate troops at Bennett Place in Durham. The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources preserves and interprets eight historic sites and properties that tell this important story, as well as two of the nation's most effective slavery-related historic sites-Historic Stagville in Durham and Somerset Place in Creswell. civilwar150.gov
Exclusive Civil War 150th Anniversary Bus Tour Package, Begins in Raleigh, Oct. 24-25
Participants will enjoy a weekend on an exclusive, behind-the-scenes Civil War Sesquicentennial Bus Tour to key North Carolina Civil War sites. Pre-eminent Civil War historian Mark Bradley is on-bus guide. Begins with seated dinner in State Capitol Rotunda and continues through to Ft. Fisher, the CSS Neuse, Wyse Fork, Bentonville Battlefield and Bennett Place. Opportunity to gain 'insiders' knowledge. Spaces are expected to go quickly. Reservation deadline is Sept. 29. ncdcr.gov/CivilWarTour
"Nor Shall Your Glory Be Forgot" Fort Fisher, Kure Beach (near Wilmington), January 17-18, 2015
Big guns boom across the Cape Fear, soldiers drill, ladies of the camp visit sutlers hawking goods. Each year, the reenactment of the fall of Fort Fisher attracts visitors from across the nation. This year's event will be one of the largest ever onsite.
HATTERAS -- The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is hosting an Underwater Heritage Symposium bringing together state, local and regional professionals in the diving and underwater archaeology fields. The symposium takes place at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras on September 5 and 6, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The two-day symposium provides the opportunity to connect with leading experts that bring knowledge from the Graveyard of the Atlantic to the surface.
North Carolina Maritime Museum System Director, Joseph K. Schwarzer, opens the symposium that covers a wide variety of topics including near shore and offshore shipwreck diving, laws protecting underwater cultural heritage, technologies for marine science and ocean exploration and recreational diving technology.
RALEIGH -- The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex will celebrate Lafayette’s birthday in grand style with our annual Festival of Yesteryear: A Celebration of Early America on Saturday September 6, 2014 from 10:00 to 5:00 in Arsenal Park. Focusing on the Colonial and Revolutionary War periods, the program features costumed re-enactors demonstrating various aspects of daily life including woodworking, music, toys and games, silhouette drawing, and militia drills.
The merry cadences of Tryon Palace’s renowned Fife and Drum Corp will transport the crowd back to colonial days with performances at 10:00, 12:00, and 2:00 pm. Musical historian Simon Spaulding will also perform. Other living history groups include: Camp Flintlock, a colonial group that provides demonstrations in music, open fire cooking, and more; the North Carolina Highland Regiment, an 18th century group depicting Highland loyalists from the upper Cape Fear River valley; and Captain Dry’s Militia Company. Firing demonstrations will take place at 11:00, 12:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm.
Be sure to visit Apprentice Alley, where children can participate and learn a variety of trades through hands on crafts and activities including making a tricorn hat or mob cap, weaving, and rebus puzzles. Our stocks and pillory provide a great photo opportunity as visitors learn about colonial crime and punishment.
Where Rivers Meet Summer Jazz Festival Held Saturday, Aug. 23
NEW BERN -- Grammy winner Gregory Porter will perform an outdoor concert at Tryon Palace during the inaugural Where Rivers Meet Summer Jazz Festival on Saturday, Aug. 23.
Porter is the event headliner and his album “Liquid Spirit” won the 2014 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Also scheduled to appear are Jazz Week Magazine’s Top 10 jazz composer and pianist Helen Sung of the Helen Sung Quintet, and 2012 Monterey Jazz Festival “Emerging Artist Group,” Elevations.
Hosted in partnership between East Coast Jazz Revue and Tryon Palace, this first-time outdoor concert will take place from 6-10 p.m. on the South Lawn, located between the Governor’s Palace and New Bern’s picturesque Trent River.
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