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Blackbeard, State Parks and N.C. History Come Alive at the N.C. State Fair

Friday, October 6, 2017

Pirates are taking over the north lobby of Dorton Arena during this year’s N.C. State Fair as the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources kicks off a celebration of North Carolina’s most notorious pirate, Blackbeard, for the 300th anniversary of his exploits along the N.C. coast. Check out a replica of Blackbeard’s flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, and join in on all the swashbuckling fun at our new exhibit. Just be careful not to lose your head!

Ella Baker Title for Young Adults, “We Who Believe in Freedom” Now Available

Friday, October 6, 2017

Ella Baker was an often overlooked, amazing organizer and pioneer in the struggle for racial justice. She grew up in Littleton, N.C., and has been called “the mother of the Civil Rights Movement.” A new title for young adult readers, “We Who Believe in Freedom,” published by the Historical Research Office of the N.C. Office of Archives and History, is now available.

Boarders Visit “Old Kentucky Home” for Wolfe Birthday Celebration at Wolfe Memorial

Thursday, October 5, 2017

It’s 1916 and boarders at Julia Wolfe’s “Old Kentucky Home” boardinghouse are visiting for health, business and leisure. You may see one of them snapping pictures with her 1916 Kodak camera. Hot topics include World War I or the upcoming World Series and a newsie will hawk the Oct. 7, 1916 newspaper on Market Street.

Harvest Festival and Drum Circle at Historic Stagville

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Explore the crafts and harvest traditions of one of North Carolina’s largest plantations at the free Historic Stagville Harvest Festival, Oct. 21, noon to 6 p.m. Daytime demonstrations, vendors and crafts will give way to an African drum circle around an evening campfire with a master musician.

Somerset “Crafts and Crops Day” Shares Fun and Food

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Corn was a major staple and cash crop at Somerset Plantation and is at the core of the Somerset Place State Historic Site “Crafts and Crops Day,” Oct. 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors can experience hands-on activities of making corn husk dolls and brooms.

Halloween Phantasmagoria at Duke Homestead Will Amaze and Awe

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Immerse yourself in the Victorian era and experience a Halloween unlike any other at Duke Homestead’s “Halloween Phantasmagoria” Oct. 27, 6:30-9 p.m. Discover a thrilling adventure at Duke Homestead State Historic Site after dark. Adult tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door; $5 for children ages 12 and under.

What’s Cooking in the Bonner House Kitchen?

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Discover what it was like to cook over a live flame at a free open hearth cooking demonstration at the Bonner House kitchen Friday, Oct. 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. There’s no better way to spend a beautiful fall day than by experiencing open hearth cooking at Historic Bath.

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