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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 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…