Press Releases

Hands on History: Weapons of the Civil War at CSS Neuse Interpretive Center

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Get up close and personal with Civil War era shells and weapons at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center’s “Hands on History: Civil War Weapons” program. The event, Saturday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is the last of the site’s “Hands on History” series occurring on second Saturdays this summer.

New Walking Trails to Open Tuesday at Bentonville Battlefield

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers battled back and forth across the woods and fields of the Willis Cole Plantation March 19, 1865, during the opening phases of the largest battle ever fought in North Carolina. Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site will open new trails through the area allowing visitors greater access to the site of this battle Tuesday, Aug. 1.

Aycock Birthplace Showcases Life on the Home Front

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Most people know about quilting, but what about quilling? Come to Aycock Birthplace Saturday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., to learn about skills of the 1870s. The TarHeel Civilians will present “Life on the Homefront” with demonstrations of blacksmithing, natural dyeing, spinning, quilting and quilling. 

Duke Homestead’s Harvest and Hornworm Festival Features Fun and Film

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Celebrate North Carolina’s farming history and culture at Duke Homestead during the Harvest and Hornworm Festival, Saturday, Aug. 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn about farming tobacco, see Durham’s last tobacco auction, and a documentary film about the loss of a tobacco warehouse. The festival atmosphere of the free family program with music and games will offer lots of fun.

Fort Fisher State Historic Site to Announce Plans for New Visitors Center

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

State officials will visit Fort Fisher State Historic Site in New Hanover County Friday, Aug. 4 to announce funding and design plans for a new, expanded visitors center and museum to replace the historic site’s smaller, aging predecessor. The event will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Fort Fisher State Historic Site Visitors Center, 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd. South, Kure Beach.

Historic Bath First Saturdays: Make a “Buzz Saw”

Monday, July 24, 2017

Learn how to make one of the most popular American folk toys ever at Historic Bath’s “First Saturdays: Toys and Games” free program. The children’s activity Saturday, Aug. 5, 10 a.m., will teach youth how to make the spinner toy, also known as the buzz saw. 

Historic Bath Site Work Day Cancelled

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Historic Bath State Historic Site work day scheduled for Saturday, July 22, is being cancelled due to concerns about high temperatures and weather conditions. An alternate date will be chosen in the future.

Harper House at Bentonville Battlefield Closed for Roof Replacement

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The circa 1855 Harper House at Bentonville Battlefield will be temporarily closed for roof replacement beginning July 22. Roof repairs will keep the house closed until at least Aug.18. The repairs will include a new wooden-shingled roof to replace the one that was installed in 2009.

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