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. 


Plaster Repair Workshop with Phillip Lamachio | Saturday, July 20 · 10 am- 1pm

Join Phillip Lamachio to for a plaster repair workshop. Although Philip has a degree in Architectural Design, he wanted a more ‘hands on’ experience and began to learn plaster repair in 1985. Starting his own plaster repair company in 1992 in Greensboro, he recognizes the need for a better understanding of the discipline of plaster repair and hopes to spread the knowledge of this unique skill through his online video training program.

For this presentation, Philip will give an overview of plaster systems and their common problems and go through a visual outline of a simple repair.

This presentation should last about 45 minutes with time to answer any questions that the audience has about plaster and plaster repair.

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

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, 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.

Reserve your spot and purchase a ticket today for a Living History Series Event by calling 252-728-5225 or by visiting the Beaufort Historic Site Welcome Center.