Sunday, December 4, 2011

Bennet Place State Historic Site depicts Civil War-time Christmas traditions

The smells and tastes of seasonal delights of smoked ham, potato and sausage soup, biscuits, mincemeat pie, and other period pleasures will greet you at the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources' Bennett Place State Historic Site. The Christmas in the Carolinas During the Civil War program—held Saturday, Dec. 10. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.—will showcase a traditional Christmas observance of North Carolina farm families in the 1860s.
Costumed interpreters will represent civilians and soldiers on furlough and demonstrate holiday cooking, decorating and the preparation of packages and letters for soldiers at war. The roasting of a hog's head and apple pressing, unique to the Bennett Place celebration, will again be a focal point of activity on Saturday. Only the Saturday appearance of Old Saint Nick could be more special.
Banjo and fiddle music of the 1800s from well known musicians Morrison, Boggs and Weems will fill the air on Sunday. Visitors can warm up with hot apple cider and enjoy holiday cookies on both days. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

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