Press Releases

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.

North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865: A Roster Volume XX

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Civil War researchers will want to acquire the latest volume of the N. C. Office of Archives and History’s efforts to document the service record of every North Carolina soldier who took part in the conflict. Volume XX of the “North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865: A Roster” series covers generals and staff and is the first of two volumes to cover militia and Home Guard.

Western Regional Archives Celebrates Five Years of Fact Sharing

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

When Heather South arrived at the Western Regional Archives (WRA) five years ago, she was quickly immersed in the history and culture of the North Carolina mountains and quick to welcome the many researchers who came seeking information. South and the staff of the Western Regional Archives, a satellite facility of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, will host a five-year anniversary celebration for the public Friday, Aug. 11, 4 – 6 p.m.

“Spirit in Motion: Stories of the Olympics and Paralympics”

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Paralympic world champion Lex Gillette and WRAL-TV anchor Renee Chou will share their experiences from the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic games in Rio at “Spirit in Motion: Stories of the Olympics and Paralympics,” Wednesday, Aug. 20 at the Governor Morehead School in Raleigh.

Falls Lake State Recreation Area Welcomes New Superintendent

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

David Mumford, a 15-year employee of the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation, has been promoted to superintendent at Falls Lake State Recreation Area. Mumford joins Scott Kershner, who also serves as a superintendent at Falls Lake, and replaces Eric Dousharm, who recently took an assignment at Weymouth Woods Nature Preserve.   

Governor Cooper Signs Bill Authorizing New State Park Properties

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Governor Roy Cooper signed a bill today that authorizes three new state natural areas for the North Carolina State Parks system and directs a study for a potential state park along the Black River in the southeastern part of the state.

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