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Independence Day Open House 2013

when: Jul. 4, 2013

The 23nd annual Independence Day Open House 2013 was on Thursday, July 4 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, rain or shine. Admission was free, and donations were gratefully accepted.

Please join us for the 23rd annual Independence Day Open House. The museum was be open and staffed by costumed docents who were available to answer your questions and show you a thing or two about our colonial past. In the morning, the Triangle Folk Ensemble played live music, and in the afternoon, a one-woman band entertained and taught you about music and instruments.

On the grounds, re-enactors demonstrated various aspects of colonial life. Representatives from the Johnston County militia taught visitors how to roll a cartridge and demonstrated the firing of several reproduction firearms, including our own Brown Bess! In addition, demonstrations of chair caning, cooking, weaving, spinning, and blacksmithing took you back to an earlier time. Two authors, Suzanne Adair and Rich Leonard, were be on hand to sign their latest books.

Visitors were also able to participate in hands-on activities such as writing with a quill pen or making rag dolls. There were old-fashioned games for the children, and free lemonade for all. The garden in its full summer glory was on view, and herbs and trees were for sale in the new plant shop behind the Visitors Center.

In addition to outdoor activities, the circa 1770 plantation manor house, the 1790 “kitchen” building, and the Visitors Center and Museum Shop were open. You wee invited to visit the Shop for a free cup of cold lemonade!

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