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River of Yesteryear 2019

October 26 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

River of Yesteryear

Colonial Living History Event
Location: River Bend Park
Historic Downtown Louisburg, NC
Saturday, October 26, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Take a step back into colonial times in North Carolina during this FREE living history event! Meet living history interpreters and immerse yourself in the cultural and political activities of early America. Watch Camp Flintlock as they fire a musket and canon by the Tar River, learn how to cook as a colonist, spin wool, make a craft or play Colonial games. Historic Interpretations, Inc. will amaze you with their knowledge and demonstrations of Colonial cooking, clothing, tea, dance, games and more! The potter spins the wheel to turn pots and cups and the woodworker talks about the importance of his craft. Medicinal heirloom herbs and plants brought over on ships will be on display and discussed. Children can even enjoy a pony ride ($3 – $5)! You can have a glimpse into life in “early America” as you watch the compelling debate continue between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton.

One highlight of the event is the debate between Thomas Jefferson (William Barker, noted professional actor from Colonial Williamsburg and Monticello in Virginia) and Alexander Hamilton (Wally Hurst, professor of drama/actor) on “The New Constitution” at 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm.

River of Yesteryear Demonstrations
Quilting (Tar River Piece Makers Quilting Guild)
Jefferson/Hamilton Debates (1 pm & 2 pm)
Heritage music
Colonial camp stores with shopping for children and adults
Leather work
Colonial Cooking
Pony Rides ($3 / $5)
Chair Caning
18th Century Medicinal presentation
Colonial Herb Display
Sewing Bee
Make a Colonial Rag Doll
Reel Dancing
Colonial Clothing and Tea Talk
18th Century Cannon exhibition
Colonial Artists
DAR Colonial Games & Crafts
Camp Flintlock
Historic Interpretations
George Washington style tents
Gold panning
Basket weaving
NC Colonial food preservation
and more!!
A food truck will be on site.