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Drinks With A Prohibitionist

Event Description

Carry A. Nation is taking a break from her busy schedule of smashing saloons for a night at the State Capitol! Join the Capitol for a casual evening of drinks and conversation with legendary saloon smasher Carry A. Nation. On Thursday, April 19th from 7-9pm, we’ll have beer, wine, and food in the Capitol’s rotunda. 

When theatrical temperance speaker Carry A. Nation toured North Carolina in 1907, she did not like what she observed. She saw a state where alcohol was widely used, claiming that Salisbury, NC was second only to Chicago as “the whiskeyest-soaked city in the United States.” Nation was a fiery temperance speaker, known internationally for her "hatchetations," where she went into bars and saloons to smash fixtures and merchandise with a hatchet. 

This event will feature a Carry Nation reenactor – take a selfie with her or chat about she has come to save you from a “drunkard’s fate” while you sip your beverages. The Capitol’s new exhibit “Inflamed by Spirits: North Carolina’s Role in Temperance and Prohibition” will also be on display. TICKETS WILL BE ON SALE THURSDAY, MARCH 1st. Tickets are $20 each, can be purchased online through EventBrite at, and include admission, hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and a reproduction lapel pin based on hatchet pins that Nation sold to cover her jail fines. This event is ages 21 and up. Beer will be provided by Raleigh Brewing Company. Come join us for a true Throwback Thursday, have a drink, and hang out with Carry Nation, a known prohibitionist!