This annual event features historians and artists portraying daily life, culture, music, and art in colonial NC. The event focuses on the Colonial and Revolutionary War periods, with re-enactors, music and hands-on activities that depict daily life of the late 18th century.
This year we are pleased to host the Birthday Cake Cutting for the Lafayette Society’s annual “Lafayette Birthday Celebration.” Cake and ice cream will be served at 1:00 pmwhile supplies last. Admission and activities are FREE and concessions are available on site.
The Cross Creek Pipes and Drums along with the Highland Dancers will perform at 10:30 am. Returning to the Festival this year is “The Death of Blackbeard” puppet show performed by the living history group Shades of Our Past from Williamsburg, VA. The puppet show will be performed at 11:30 and 3:30. Shades of Our Past also offers traditional silhouette drawings for a fee. Crowd favorite April C. Turner of Life as Art Productions will be back again this year doing her program “African Spirituals: Freedom Prayers” at 2:00 pm.Military demonstrations including cannon and musket firings will also take place several times during the event. Native American hunting techniques will be demonstrated as well. Other returning groups include Camp Flintlock, the NC Highland Regiment, musical historian Simon Spalding, and Thomas Tucker, woodworker.
Be sure to visit Apprentice Alley, where children can participate and learn a variety of trades through hands on crafts and activities. Take a photo in our pillory, a wooden frame with holes for your head and hands that was a popular punishment in colonial days. And don’t forget to stop by the colonial brew master for a lesson on the colonist’s drink of choice, ale!