BURLINGTON, N.C. – The sights and sounds of the colonial era will return to the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources’ Alamance Battleground State Historic Site in Burlington from Oct. 10 to 14. More than 1,700 students from across North Carolina will experience period life through demonstrations and hands-on opportunities.
Schools and organized groups should make reservations for the public program occurring 9 a.m.-2 p.m. daily. Donations are appreciated.
In the 1780 Allen House students and the public will get a true feel for home life in the back country of colonial North Carolina.
The trip to the past will offer a visit with a housewife who will talk about foods of the time and prepare them over an open fire. The residing blacksmith will shape iron at his forge, and the staff surgeon will discuss surgical practices and instruments of the day. Time can be spent with a schoolmaster for an entertaining educational session and with a colonial candle maker hand-dipping beeswax candles and displaying other lighting devices.
A spinner and weaver will show the steps involved in making cloth. Visitors can challenge themselves with some of the interesting early toys, like the Jacob’s Ladder, bilboquet, and whirligig. Visitors may operate a cider mill and sample the freshly-squeezed apple juice. The smell of black powder from a colonial militiaman’s “Brown Bess” musket demonstrations and the once-a-day “live” blank firing of the site’s cannon will fill the air.
About Alamance Battleground
At this site the North Carolina militia, under the command of royal Governor William Tryon, defeated the Regulators in the Battle of Alamance on May 16, 1771. A part of the larger War of Regulation, the battle would provide revolutionaries insight into the use of armed resistance at the time of the American Revolution.
Alamance Battleground State Historic Site is at 5803 South NC 62, Burlington, NC 27215. For information or reservations, call 336-227-4785, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Web site www.alamancebattleground.nchistoricsites.org
About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. Cultural Resources champions North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy. To learn more, visit www.ncculture.com.
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