Festival of Yesteryear Celebrates Colonial America

The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex will celebrate Lafayette’s birthday in grand style with our annual Festival of Yesteryear: A Celebration of Early America on Saturday September 6, 2014 from 10:00 to 5:00 in Arsenal Park.  Focusing on the Colonial and Revolutionary War periods, the program features costumed re-enactors demonstrating various aspects of daily life including woodworking, music, toys and games, silhouette drawing, and militia drills.  The merry cadences of Tryon Palace’s renowned Fife and Drum Corp will transport the crowd back to colonial days with performances at 10:00, 12:00, and 2:00 pm. Musical historian Simon Spaulding will also perform. Other living history groups include: Camp Flintlock, a colonial group that provides demonstrations in music, open fire cooking, and more; the North Carolina Highland Regiment, an 18th century group depicting Highland loyalists from the upper Cape Fear River valley; and Captain Dry’s Militia Company. Firing demonstrations will take place at 11:00, 12:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm.

Be sure to visit Apprentice Alley, where children can participate and learn a variety of trades through hands on crafts and activities including making a tricorn hat or mob cap, weaving, and rebus puzzles.  Our stocks and pillory provide a great photo opportunity as visitors learn about colonial crime and punishment.

There is another reason for this celebration of early America. This year marks the 225th anniversary of North Carolina ratifying the U.S. Constitution. A large replica of the ratification document will be on display and visitors can add their name, recreating the actions of the delegates.

Concessions will be available on site from R-Burger. Fayetteville’s newest high quality mobile food vendor will be serving fresh ground hamburgers, specialty burgers, and fresh cut fries. Funnel cakes, hot dogs, and pork rinds will also be available.

Admission to the event and all activities are FREE!  Activities take place in Arsenal Park located in the Haymount Historic District on the old Arsenal grounds at Arsenal Ave/Myrover Street minutes from downtown Fayetteville.  For more information visit www.ncculture.com and search Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex.

This event is part of the Lafayette Birthday Celebration held annually in Fayetteville.  For more Lafayette Birthday Celebration events visit www.lafayettesociety.org.

This project is supported by the Arts Council in part by contributions from businesses, individuals, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County, and the NC Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources. Additional funds provided by the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex Foundation, Inc.

NC Highland Regiment Members speak with visitors. Tryon Palace Fife and Drum Corp performs at the 2012 Festival of Yesteryear. W. Rose, Profilist, draws a silhouette for a visitor at the 2013 Festival of Yesteryear.

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For more information about the museum, call 910-486-1330 or access www.museumofthecapefear.ncdcr.gov.The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, located on the corner of Bradford and Arsenal avenues in Fayetteville, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  The museum is part of the Division of State History Museums, Office of Archives and History, within the North Carolina 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 at www.ncculture.com.

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