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A Colonial Christmas Open House 2012

when: Dec. 1, 2012

The Joel Lane Museum House, “The Birthplace of North Carolina’s Capital,” sponsored its 36th annual Colonial Christmas Open House celebration on Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission was free, and donations were requested. Colonel Joel Lane was a founding father of North Carolina’s capital city and an officer in the Militia during the American Revolutionary War.
The house was decorated with traditional greenery and reflected the very different way in which colonists and early Americans celebrated the Christmas holiday. Information about the house and grounds was offered by costumed docents; re-enactors demonstrated scenes of 18th-century life; the sounds of live music filled the air; and other interpreters entertained children using colonial games and crafts through the “Hands-on History” program.

The museum shop was open with a great choice of gifts under $10 for both young and not-so-young, and the annual bake sale featured delicious local specialties and traditional delights.


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What visitors say

Thank you for touring us around the Joel Lane House. Our architecture and the way we live has come a long way throughout the years. You really gave us great information on what life was like back when Joel Lane was alive. They lived in very harsh conditions with no heat or air condition which would be very tough today. I appreciate all your help and time put in to tour us around the house.

Ward