Merry Christmas from C2C!

Capitol&CardinalSingersEarlier this holiday season, Raleigh’s Cardinal Singers caroled under the rotunda of the Old State Capitol. To the left is a Christmas tree bedecked with representations of NC agricultural products.

Historic SalisburyStaff and volunteers at other historic sites were equally creative when it came to designing thematic Christmas tree decorations. At left, the beautiful 1820 Dr. Josephus Hall House has been decorated by volunteers with the theme “Toyland, Toyland” this year. Special Christmas tours run on Saturdays and Sundays through 12/29 and have been held every year since Historic Salisbury Foundation purchased the house in 1972.

TownCreekTreeStaff from Town Creek Indian Mound State Historic Site set a great example for partnering with a local library by installing the Town Creek tree in the Montgomery County Public Library in Troy (right). Each year the library hosts trees from various organizations across the county. The Town Creek tree is decorated with reproductions of ancient American Indian artwork.

FederalPointOrnamentsThe Federal Point Historic Preservation Society is offering customized ornaments that reflect their local coastal heritage mission. Each hand-painted ornament by Brenda Coffey displays a view of one of the 3 different Federal Point Lighthouses.

photographer, Lisa A. Griggs

photographer, Lisa A. Griggs

Another holiday scene with unique coastal flair is The Elizabeth II, a reconstructed 16th-century ship, ablaze with lights. Roanoke Island Festival Park‘s current exhibit, “Elizabeth II- 30 Years of History,” tells the story of the construction of the ship from framing to launching. The exhibit will continue through December 31st.

MooreCountyHA2MooreCountyHA1At Moore County Historical Association‘s 1820s’ Shaw House (left) local greenery enlivens a corner cupboard filled with Jugtown pottery. Volunteers arranged locally grown foliage, including osage-oranges (right), to create beautiful decorations at both the Shaw House and the 1790s’ Garner House.

Historic Bath wreathDecorators at Historic Bath gathered boxwood and berries to shape an elegantly festive door wreath.

VanceBirthplaceIn the mountains, the dim light of the solstice season filters through a window at Zebulon B. Vance Birthplace to illumine stockings hung by the hearth at the 19th-century log cabin.VanceBirthplace2 At the other side of the state, the dining room at the Whalehead Club on the Outer Banks sparkles with polished silver and festive faux fruit and foliage (safest for preservation).


The Whalehead Club staff and volunteers decorated 11(!) trees in the main house, each with a different theme, and Currituck County School children decorated 40(!) trees in the basement as part of a reading challenge. See a slideshow of some of their trees here. Special candlelight tours Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 6p.m. to 8:15p.m. showcase the extensive decorations and run until December 28th.

SalemPyramidOldSalem2013Old Salem highlights two Christmas decorations each year: the tabletop evergreen pyramid and the Moravian star, many of which dangle from the rafters of the covered bridge leading from the Visitors Center to Main Street.

Our C2C team wishes all the best for our cultural heritage community this holiday season and into the New Year. We hope that the hard work you’ve put into decorations and special activities pays off by growing your audience and deepening your participants’ engagement with your site and its collections.


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Posted on December 17, 2013, in Exhibitions, historic houses, historic sites, public programs and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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