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State Capitol Marks 400th Anniversary of Sir Walter Raleigh’s Death

Friday, October 19, 2018

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.   

Explore the Historic Harvest Season at Stagville Oct. 20

Friday, October 19, 2018

Explore the crafts and harvest traditions of one of North Carolina’s largest plantations at the Historic Stagville Harvest Festival, Oct. 20, noon to 5 p.m.  Enjoy demonstrations by master craftsmen, hands-on activities for all ages, and music by artists from the Music Maker Relief Foundation. Admission is $5 per person, in support of the site’s programs and mission. Tickets are available at the door.

Harvest Home School Day at Historic Stagville

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Visit Historic Stagville Friday, Oct. 19, for a full day of educational activities! Are you studying American history, African American history, colonial history, the Civil War, or the history of slavery? Stagville’s Fall Harvest Homeschool Day will offer students hands-on activities about life on a plantation from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a fee of $4 per child. 

Fall Festival at Bentonville Battlefield Offers Family Fun for Free

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Take a ride on a wagon around the historic Harper House at Bentonville Battlefield’s annual fall festival Saturday, Oct. 20. The program will include demonstrations by costumed interpreters and a festival atmosphere that will offer wagon rides provided by End of the Drive Mule Farm, carnival games, vintage baseball, crafts, pumpkin hunt and more!  

Crafts and Crops Day at Somerset Place Oct. 20

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Fall is in the air at Somerset Place State Historic Site, just in time for Crafts and Crops Day on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. With harvesttime in full swing, come and experience fun, food, arts, history and crafts for the whole family. Admission is $2 for children and $4 for adults.

Exhibit on WWI and the Armistice at the State Capitol Through Nov. 30

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

To commemorate 100 years since the Armistice of World War I, a new exhibit in the State Capitol focuses on North Carolinians during the war. The exhibit features and is built around a personal journal on loan to the Capitol. The journal, written by college student Mabel Grant from 1918-1919, chronicles everyday life at East Carolina Teachers Training School – the predecessor to East Carolina University. While a student at the school, Mabel’s journal recounts details of her loved ones serving in the military, as well as her own efforts to help the war effort. 

War of Regulation Descendants Gather at Alamance Battleground

Thursday, September 27, 2018

The settlers of what was North Carolina’s western frontier were fed up with corrupt sheriffs and illegal taxes. They were driven to fight a mightier foe. Almost 2,000 backcountry farmers, called Regulators, faced off against 1,000 royal militiamen of colonial Gov. William Tryon, and were defeated. 

Horne Creek Historical Farm Cornshucking Frolic

Monday, September 24, 2018

Bring your toe-tappin’ shoes and be ready to dance at the 27th Annual Cornshucking Frolic at Horne Creek Living Historical Farm. Music, food, children’s games and crafts will make for a fun-filled day to remember Saturday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s a great way to celebrate fall in the mountains.

Frontier Life Recreated at Fort Dobbs

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The demands of life for soldiers and civilians in the 1750s will be on view at the “Frontier Life Recreated” program at Fort Dobbs State Historic Site Saturday, Sept. 29. Re-enactors dressed as soldiers and settlers will demonstrate what daily life was like at the French and Indian War site 260 years ago.

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