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Past Events

Independence Day Celebration

when: Jul. 4, 2012

The Joel Lane Museum House marked July 4, 2012 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm with its 22nd Annual Independence Day Celebration. This free open house event was perfect for the whole family. Donations were requested.

Hands-on activities and games, re-enactors demonstrating colonial life, tours of the historic buildings on the property, and free lemonade all combined will make you proud to be an American and will provide all visitors with a holiday to remember. A blacksmith will be demonstrating his art, and you can watch open pit cooking and chair caning. At 1:00 & 3:00 watch a dance demonstration by Historic Interpretations’ Dance Guild. Listen to the Triangle Folk Ensemble from 11:00 am TO 1:30 pm and Joan Burroughs with many instruments from 1:30 to 4:00 pm.

Other activities:

Learn the Virginia Reel on the hour and half hour
Try carding wool
Use a drop spindle to spin wool
Make a pincushion
Make a cartridge for a musket

Play with wooden toys: graces, Jacob;s ladder, tops, roll a hoop

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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.