Friday 19 Jul 2019

Christmas Candlelight Tours

December 6, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

With a nip in the air and the holiday spirit warming our hearts, we invite you to join us for Christmas Candlelight tours at the Gov. Charles B. Aycock Birthplace State Historic Site on December 4th and 6th. Tours will be given from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Admission will be $2 for ages 5 and up. Children 4 and under are free.

The Harmony Boys of Mount Olive will provide entertainment on December 4th beginning at 6:30pm with a mix of Christmas and Bluegrass renditions.

In collaboration with the Wayne County Public Library and the Arts Council of Wayne County, the evening of December 6th will feature a selection of hands-on holiday crafts including gingerbread cookie decorating and a paper poinsettia ornament activity celebrating the Hispanic Christmas tradition of nochebuena or Christmas Eve flowers.

On both nights, costumed interpreters will illuminate the origins of rural Christmas traditions and demonstrate open-hearth cooking. Visitors are also invited to help present an old-fashioned shadow play in the site’s 1893 one-room schoolhouse. Using cardboard cut-outs and making animal sounds, they will dramatize a Christmas story narrated by a volunteer.

In the historic house, costumed interpreters will explain seasonal traditions such as hanging stockings by the fireplace and homemade decorations for the tree. Our 19th century culinary expert will be preparing traditional holiday dishes over a roaring fire in the kitchen. The heavily laden table in the dining room will display the various meats, collards, biscuits, and plum pudding that might have been served for the Aycock’s holiday meal. Even though we cannot serve the food to our guests, samples of tasty hot apple cider will be offered at the end of the tour.

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