2019 Living History Schedule

The popular Living History Series hosted at the Beaufort Historic Site is back this summer with hands-on workshops and demonstrations illustrating the traditional arts, crafts, and necessary skills of early Beaufort residents. There is a wide range of workshops available to both children and adults, highlighting a variety of crafts and techniques. All Living History Programs will take place at the Beaufort Historic Site. Reservations are now being accepted for the workshops and can be made by emailing Denise Finley at bhaeducation@outlook.com, stopping in the Welcome Center at 130 Turner Street, or calling 252-728-5225. Spaces in these popular programs are limited and offered on a first come, first serve basis. Programs include:

Black History Bus Tour | June 7, 14, 22 and July 13 & 24 · 11:00am

Learn more about the history of Beaufort on the Black History Bus Tour aboard the vintage English double-decker bus with guide Curtis Oden. Tickets are $15.

Wheel Spinning Workshop | Saturday, June 8 · 10:00am – 1:00pm

The spinning wheel is an ancient invention that turned plant and animal fibers into thread or yarn. Join us for a wheel spinning workshop with leader Pat Tester. Hand-spinning workshop (Tuesday, May 21) attendance is a pre-requisite. Space limited to 6 people. Materials fee of $15.

Flag Retirement Ceremony | Friday, June 14 · 5:00 – 6:00pm

Celebrate Flag Day with Doug Cawman at the Beaufort Historic Site Welcome Center. Bring your flag and learn to retire it the proper way. This is a free event.

Dolphin Tales | Wednesday, July 17 · 7:00pm

North Carolina Maritime Museum’s Natural Science Curator, Keith Rittmaster, will discuss his research on local dolphin identification. This fascinating presentation is free and open to the public, but seating is limited so reservations are required. 

Pine Needle Workshop | Thursday, July 25 · 10:00am – 2:00pm

Pine needle basketry, conceived by Native Americans employs ancient coiling techniques and long-leaf pine needles, resulting in an art form that has remained virtually unchanged for thousands of years. Instructor Sandi Malone will teach you to make your own in this gender-friendly workshop. Space limited to 10 people. Materials fee of $45.

Children’s Colonial Day | Friday, August 2 · 10:00am – 2:00pm

Kids ages 6-10 will have a ball at the Colonial Day led by Denise Finley and Doug Cawman. Children will enjoy dressing up in colonial clothes, playing games, gardening with a Master Gardener, cooking a meal and then getting to eat it! Materials fee of $10.

Beginning Rug Hooking | Wednesday, August 14 · 10:00am – 2:00pm

Learn how to hook your own rug at this workshop led by Heidi Cawman. Space is limited so reserve your spot. Materials fee of $25.