2017 Living History Series

The popular Living History series will again be offered by the Beaufort Historic Site this summer.  These hands-on workshops and demonstrations illustrate the traditional arts, crafts, and necessary skills of early Beaufort residents.  Programs are held in the Beaufort Historical Association’s Welcome Center, located at 130 Turner Street.

There is a wide range of workshops available to both students and adults, highlighting a variety of crafts and techniques including the following:


  • Hand Spinning Workshop by Pat Tester

Thurs, May 18 – 1:30-4:00

Handle spindle and wool provided for this workshop.  Review fleece skirting, wool washing, drying and carding.  Each student will have their own carded wool to start spinning with.  Held outside on Historic Grounds.

Materials Fee: $25        Seating limit – 6



  •  Wheel Spinning Workshop by Pat Tester

Thurs, May 23 – 1:30-4:00

A pre-requisite is knowing how to spin using hand spindle.  Limited to 6 spinners unless you have your own wheel.  There will be fiber preparation and wool hand spinning.

Materials Fee: $10     Seating limit 6


  • American Flag Retirement Ceremony by Doug Cawman

Wednesday, June 14 – 5-6pm

It may come as a surprise to many that one of the proper methods of retiring your tattered or damaged flag is in fact-to burn it. After the flag is cut into pieces we ceremoniously burn the pieces one by one, starting with the stripes and ending with the blue field.  Come join us for this wonderful event!  What a better way to spend an evening on Flag Day!  Held outside on Historic Grounds.

FREE    No registration needed – Bring your flag to retire it the right way!


  • Decoy Carving Demonstration by the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild

Friday, June 23 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Decoy Carving (from their website)Observe carvers making decoys that originally were made by coastal residents for the necessary purpose of luring waterfowl close to hunter’s skiffs but over generations has transformed into the art you see today.

Free – Seating limited



  • Stitch-In Workshop by Pat Castagna

Thursday, July 20 – 1:30-4pm

Bring your own stitching/needlepoint/cross stitch, etc. and enjoy learning from Pat Castagna!

FREE  Seating limit 20


  • Pine Needle Basket Workshop by Sandi Malone

Date: Friday, July 21  – 10:00 – 2:00 pm

Pine needle basket-making dates back to almost 9,000 years ago and the baskets served as a vessel for grain, crops, and other essentials.  All supplies provided.  Bring bag lunch.

Materials Fee: $45        Seating limit 10



  • Beginning Rug Hooking by Heidi Cawman

Date: Friday, August 4 – 10 – 12 pm

Rug hooking is both an art and a craft where rugs are made by pulling loops of yarn or fabric through a stiff woven base such as burlap, linen, or rug warp. Materials provided.

Materials Fee: $15            Seating is Limited


  • Quilting Demonstration by Nancy Smith

Date to be determined

For centuries quilts have been made for the purpose of keeping warm, but for Nancy Smith, it’s the inherent beauty of the quilt that has attracted her. Join Nancy to watch a unique demonstration about the art of quilting.

Free – Seating Limited            Reservations Suggested


Dates subject to change. Please call for details, to confirm dates and for reservations/ possible openings.

All are welcome to view the demonstrations. Reservations are now being accepted for the workshops and can be made by stopping in the Welcome Center at 130 Turner Street, calling 252-728-5225. Space in these popular programs is limited and offered on a first come, first serve basis.