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400th Anniversary of Sir Walter Raleigh’s Death

Event Description

Even 400 years after his death, Sir Walter Raleigh continues to intrigue! Raleigh sponsored three expeditions to Roanoke colony in the 1580s, the earliest British attempt to settle North America. In 1792, North Carolina’s legislature honored this feat by naming the state’s new capital city for the explorer, soldier, and writer. 

On Saturday, October 27, the State Capitol will join worldwide remembrances of Raleigh by showcasing demonstrations of Elizabethan-era life on the Capitol grounds from noon-4 p.m. Re-enactors, including a portrayal of Sir Walter himself, will interact with visitors and offer activities such as dance demonstrations, Elizabethan game play, a brass rubbing activity station, scriptorium activity station, and tailoring demonstrations. 

Inside the Capitol, visitors are invited to view a rare copy of a 1652 edition of The History of the World, written by Raleigh. The book is on short-term loan from the UNC Libraries at UNC Chapel Hill. At 3 p.m., a formal ceremony commemorating Raleigh’s life and legacy will be held in the historic House Chamber. NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall will give remarks and dignitaries representing North Carolina and British organizations will participate. 

This event is FREE and open to all. No reservations necessary.

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