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Experience North Carolina Historic
Sites and Museums This Spring
30, 2012 - North Carolina - For many families, spring
break means time to enjoy a get-away together. The N.C.
Department of Cultural Resources offers wonderful
escapes around the state that won't "spring break" the
budget. From the Easter Bunny Express at the
Transportation Museum in Salisbury, to the sounds of
jazz at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, to Earth
Day at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville, to
Blackbeard artifacts at the Queen Anne's Revenge
conservation lab in Greenville, free family fun will
make memories this spring to last a lifetime.
Eastern North Carolina
Aycock Birthplace - April 4, 18. Living History
Wednesdays. See what chores were really like with butter
or lye soap making, corn grinding, and candle making in
the tradition of the 1870s. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free.
264 Governor Aycock Rd., Fremont, NC Call (919)
Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson - April 17-18. Civil
War Heritage Days. Demonstrations of Civil War cavalry,
infantry, and artillery, cannon fire every 15 minutes.
Camp life, Navy and U.S. Colored Troops also. Part of a
week of activities for eighth graders. Free.
8884 Saint Phillips Rd. SE, Winnabow, NC Call (910)
Historic Halifax - April 12. Halifax Day.
Costumed interpreters lead tours of historic buildings
in memory of the April 12, 1776 vote of the North
Carolina Provincial Congress to separate from the
British Crown, becoming the first colony to move toward
independence. Tours from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Author Carole
Troxler will speak on the Regulator Movement in the
Piedmont at 2 p.m. Free.
25 Saint David St., Halifax, NC,27839. Call (252)
Queen Anne Revenge Conservation Lab - April 21.
Open House. See cannons and anchors from Blackbeard's
shipwreck undergoing conservation. Guess the weight of
the largest artifact; look down a microscope at the
smallest. Hands-on activities. Part of the N.C. Science
Festival; talk to scientists. Shiver the timbers! 11
a.m.-3 p.m. Free.
West Research Campus, 1157 VOA Site C Road, East
Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27834 Call (252)
Roanoke Island Festival Park - April 4-28.
Showcase of art from Dare County high school students,
including drawing, painting, mixed media, collage, fiber
art, stained glass, and photography. Exhibit in the art
gallery. Reception April 20, 6-8 p.m.
April 28. Appalachian State University's Beans Talk
Children's Show. "Beans Talk: A Cow, Some Beans and a
Boy Named Jack" is an adaptation of a popular tale.
1-:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. $5 for ages 6 to adult, 5 and
One Festival Park, Manteo, NC 27954 Call (252) 475-1500.
Town Creek Indian Mound - April 1. 75th
Anniversary Celebration. Special activities include
making a clay pot or cordage bracelet, sifting soil like
an archaeologist, and the American Indian game, "Chunkey."
Speakers will discuss past and future archeological
work. Refreshments. 1-4 p.m. Free.
509 Town Creek Mound Rd., Mount Gilead, NC 27306 Call
Museum of the Cape Fear - April 10-14. Pirate
Week Fun. In conjunction with a small exhibit of
artifacts from the shipwreck of Blackbeard's flagship,
Queen Anne's Revenge, the museum will host a week of
activities, including making a pirate hat or flag to
keep, a costume contest, scavenger hunt, trivia contest,
and a "Where's Blackbeard" figure to find. 10 a.m.-5
p.m. Arrrrgh! Free.
April 21. The War of 1812. Explore the many aspects of
the War of 1812 with hands-on activities, such as a
powder monkey relay, the pike drill, navigation and
more. Join other visitors in making a craft paper flag
the size of the original Star Spangled Banner, at 32
feet by 40 feet. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.
April 22. Earth Day: History from the Ground. Part of
the N.C. Science Festival, this program combines history
and science with a presentation about gems and minerals,
then walk the grounds of the U.S. Arsenal to study the
features of the historic site. 2-4 p.m. Free.
Museum of the Cape Fear, 801 Arsenal Avenue,
Fayetteville, NC. 28305. Call (919) 486-1330.
N.C. Museum of History - April 14. Teen Fest.
Teens and their families learn to build healthy
communities at this annual event through workshops on
topics such as substance abuse prevention, teen
volunteerism and community involvement, and violence
reduction. A talent contest, live DJ, celebrity judges
and door prizes. Workshops 10:30-noon, teen talent
contest, 1-4 p.m. Free.
April 22. Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble. Celebrate Jazz
Appreciation Month with talented students from area high
schools, under the direction of Gregg Gelb.
N.C. Museum of History, 5 Edenton St. Raleigh, NC 27601.
Call (919) 807-7900.
N.C. Museum of Art - April 22. Spring Family
Festival. A celebration of the work of children's book
author/illustrator Ashley Bryan. Music making, art
workshops, singing and dancing. View Visions of the
Heart Exhibition of the award-winning artist's creative
process. 3 p.m. Free.
April 7, 28. Family Fun Saturday. Ages 5-11. Families
visit El Anatsui exhibit and make works of art that
explore the idea of family as community to contribute to
the education gallery on April 7. On April 28, families
see how artists and scientist solve problems creatively;
includes gallery tour and studio workshop for families.
Both programs 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. East Building. $3
members/$5 non-members. Reservations recommended. Call
(919) 715-5923 to register, or at box office.
N.C. Museum of Art. 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC
27607. Call (919) 839-6262.
Western North Carolina
Fort Dobbs - March 31-April 1. War for Empire.
Hundreds of costumed interpreters will bring to life the
French and Indian War as soldiers, civilians and
American Indians. Musket and cannon firing
demonstrations and a battle re-enactment at 1:30 p.m.
daily. Period music and trades represented, along with
scholarly lectures. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.
438 Fort Dobbs Rd., Statesville, NC 386245 Call (704)
Mountain Gateway Museum - April 28. Pioneer Days.
A celebration of mountain culture and history.
Revolutionary War and Civil War re-enactors,
demonstrations of spinning, weaving, carving,
gun-making, blacksmithing and more. Food and craft
vendors, pony rides, wagon rides, games for children and
adults. Music in the amphitheater and dulcimer players
on the front porch. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.
102 Water St., Old Fort, NC 28762 Call (828) 668-9259.
N.C. Transportation Museum - March 31- April 1,
April 6-7. Easter Bunny Express. The Easter Bunny will
ride the train with parents and kids, handing out candy
and taking pictures along the way. Make and take a craft
and get a temporary tattoo. $12 for ages three and up;
two and under ride free.
Easter Bunny Express at N.C. Transportation Museum
April 7. Easter Egg Hunt. Eggs will be stuffed with
small toys, candy and stickers; children will be divided
by age (participants ages 0-10), special prize eggs
also. Bring your own basket. Included with Easter Bunny
Express ticket. 12:30 p.m.
April 7. Double Head Caboose Train. The steam engine
LeHigh Valley Coal #26 and the Flagg #75 Steam Engine
will work together to pull the Caboose Train. A double
heading pull of a train by two steam engines is
exceptionally rare. Train rides are scheduled for 10,
10:45, 11:30 a.m., and 1, 1:45, 2:30, and 3:15 p.m. $12
for ages 3 and up, $18 both the Caboose Train and the
Bunny Express. Advance tickets online or available the
day of the event.
N.C. Transportation Museum, 411 South Salisbury Avenue,
Spencer, NC 28519 Call (704) 636-2051.
Reed Gold Mine - March 31-October. "Strike It
Rich." Discover gold nuggets at Reed Gold Mine, with
panning instruction. Also view exhibits, tour
underground gold mines and see a rock crushing
demonstration at the stamp mill. Panning tickets are $2,
tours are free.
9621 Reed Mine Rd., Midland, NC 28107, off highway 200
near Locust, NC. Call (704) 721-4653.
The Division of State Historic Sites and the Division of
State History Museums are agencies of the N.C.
Department of Cultural Resources. For additional
information call (919) 807-7389.
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