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Past Events

A Colonial Christmas Open House 2010

when: Dec. 4, 2010 -  Dec 5, 2010

The annual Christmas Open House was on Saturday and Sunday, December 4 and 5, 2010 from 1 to 4 pm. The buildings were 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 gift shop was open with a great choice of inexpensive gifts, many under $10, for both young and not so young, and the annual bake sale featured delicious local specialties and traditional delights.

Emily Weil was here to sign her new book, “Cornwallis Campaign: Wilmington to Yorktown.”

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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…