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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 so much for leading us on a guided tour of the Joel Lane House! I had no idea that the kitchen was separate from the main house, and how different the two are. I had always assumed that the most dangerous job for a slave was in the fields, but your expertise showed me that the kitchen (because of the heat and potential for fire) was actually the most dangerous for a slave woman…

Maggie