RALEIGH – The spirit of the holidays will be present at State Capitol’s annual Open House on Thursday, Dec. 9, through Sunday, Dec.12. The halls will be decked with seasonal decorations, and local groups will perform traditional and contemporary holiday music in the rotunda at various times of the day.
Hours for the Open House are: Thursday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 12, 1-4 p.m.
A Civil War Christmas Encampment will take place on the Capitol grounds Saturday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Re-enactors from the 6th North Carolina State Troops will set up camp and conduct Civil War-era military drills. The encampment will give visitors an opportunity to compare the Christmas holiday during the early war period, when much was still the same as it had been prior to the war, with Christmas during the latter period of the war, when many things had become scarce. Re-enactors will also demonstrate how to dip candles and make simple Christmas ornaments of the period.
All events are offered free of charge.
The State Capitol’s mission is to preserve and interpret the history, architecture and functions of the 1840 building and Union Square . The Capitol is bounded by Edenton, Salisbury , Morgan and Wilmington streets. For more information, visit www.nchistoricsites.org/capitol/default.htm or call (919) 733-4994.
Administered by the Division of State Historic Sites, the State Capitol is part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities, and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina ’s social, cultural and economic future. Information on Cultural Resources is available 24/7 at www.ncculture.com.