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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 letting our IB Human Geography class come tour the Joel Lane house. I really enjoyed learning about how high-class people lived back them. I was surprised to hear that they were always working and had no time to themselves. I was also shocked at the size of the beds. They were so small! You two really played good parts and made me feel like I was really back in those times.

Henley