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Independence Day Open House

when: Jul. 4, 2011

Over 550 people joined us for our annual Independence Day Open House on Monday, July 4 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. This free event featured re-enactors who demonstrated various aspects of colonial life, and visitors were be able to participate in chores such as churning butter and carrying water in buckets. There were old-fashioned crafts and games for the children and lemonade for all. The garden in its full summer glory was on view, and herbs from the garden were for sale.

In addition to outdoor activities, the circa 1770 plantation manor house, the 1790 “kitchen” building, and the Visitors Center and Museum Shop were open. Please plan to celebrate the independence of this great nation at the beautiful Joel Lane Museum House on July 4, 2012!


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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