Friday, March 23, 2012

The Civil War Comes to Carteret County

BEAUFORT - Cannons and cavalry, music and living history - Step back to 1862 as the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort offers a free Civil War Sesquicentennial "Living History Weekend" on Saturday, March 24, and Sunday, March 25.
Held in partnership with the Beaufort Historical Association, Cape Lookout National Seashore, and Fort Macon State Park, events will be offered on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
"The year 2012 commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Union invasion and occupation of Beaufort," said Museum event coordinator Lori Duppstadt. "The weekend of events will bring history alive for visitors of all ages."
Throughout downtown Beaufort, re-enactors will create vignettes of drills, encampments, and life in a Union-occupied town. Visitors will also be able to watch cannon demonstrations, and take interpretive tours historic homes and the Old Burying Ground.
To show the widespread impact of the occupation, additional Civil War sites throughout Carteret County will hold programs. Take a tour of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse, watch a rare night-time cannon firing at Fort Macon State Park, and enjoy Civil War-era music at The History Place.
--Cannon demonstrations - Grayden Paul Park, 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m.
--Infantry demonstrations - Beaufort Historic Site, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
--Children's games, dress-up and crafts - Maritime Museum, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
--Civil War Lighthouse Tours - Cape Lookout National Seashore, 10 a.m.-noon, 1-3 p.m.
--Historic house tours - Beaufort Historic Site, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
--Civil War bus tours - Beaufort Historic Site, 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m.
--"Life in Beaufort during the Civil War" exhibit - Beaufort Historic Site, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
--Navy demonstrations - Maritime Museum's Watercraft Center, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
--"Watched by Sound and Sea: Occupied Beaufort, 1862" exhibit - Maritime Museum, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
--Night-time cannon firing - Fort Macon State Park, 7:30 p.m.
--Old Burying Ground tours - Beaufort Historic Site, 1-3 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m.
--Civil War Lighthouse Tours - Cape Lookout National Seashore, 10 a.m.-noon, 1-3 p.m.
--Performance by "The Carteret Grays," Civil War-era music - The History Place, 2 p.m.
For more information, visit online or call (252)728-7317. The Museum is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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