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The Gov. Charles B. Aycock Birthplace in Fremont will offer its Christmas Candlelight Tours program, which will feature a feast and decorations that were used during the holiday season in the 1870s. Costumed Interpreters will also explain common rural Christmas traditions after the Civil War. By BECKY BARCLAY FREMONT — This holiday season, why not take a trip back in time to the 1870s and see how Christmas was celebrated dur- ing that time? Gov. Charles B. Aycock Birth- place in Fremont will have a pro- gram to do just that. The annual Christmas Candle- light Tours program will be held Dec. 5 and 7 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. each night. Visitors will experience an eastern Caroli- na Christmas feast and see various kinds of natu- ral greenery and decorations that were used during the holiday season in the 1870s. Costumed interpreters will explain common rural Christmas traditions after the Civil War. They will also demonstrate open hearth cooking. Costumed docents in the master bedroom of the historic house will explain to visitors how men pre- pared their families for Christmas back then. In the parlor, an interpreter will talk about sea- sonal traditions of that time period, such as hanging stockings by the fireplace and making homemade decorations for the tree. An interpreter in the kitchen will demonstrate open hearth cooking. A din- ing room table will be laid out for the holidays with various meats, collards, biscuits and plum pudding — a meal that might have been served for the Aycock holiday meal. Children can help present an old fashioned shadow play in the one-room schoolhouse at the historic site. They will dramatize a Christmas story being read by a costumed volunteer by manipulating cardboard cutouts and mak- ing animal sounds. The Harmony Boys will provide music Dec. 7. "We want to give people in the community a place to come and experience the history of Christmas," said Joshua Dacey, programs coordinator at Aycock Birthplace. "It's a constantly evolving holiday, and we want to show people what Christmas was back then, and hopefully they will enjoy it." Admission is $2 per person. For more information about the Christmas Candlelight Tours, call Aycock Birthplace at 919-242-5581. 11DCB1117S© DROP-N-SHOP $ 9 00 includes skate rental & lunch NOVEMBER 22 & 24, 2017 10:30AM-4:00PM DROP-N-SHOP Inline Skates Always Welcome! admission 1305 Parkway Drive, Goldsboro 919.778.1831 FAMILY FUN SINCE 1975 HUNTING SUPPLIES • KNIVES • LIGHTS • TARGETS GUN CASES • GUN SAFES • CLEANING SUPPLIES FIREARMS • CLOTHING • CLIMBING STANDS HUNTING BOOTS • RELOADING SUPPLIES SCOPES Gift Certificates Available 919.735.5500 1713 E. Ash Street Sunrise Shopping Center Mon.-Fri. 9-6 • Sat. 9-4 It's Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:30 1717 E. Ash Street, Sunrise Shopping Center, Goldsboro WE ACCEPT ANY DOCTOR'S EYEGLASS PRESCRIPTIONS. 919.736.4319 We accept • Use your flex spending here ONE HOUR SERVICE 50% OFF ALL SUNGLASSES IN STOCK! Expires 12/23/17 Coupon must be presented at time of purchase. No other insurance applies. SUNRISE SUNRISE EARLY BIRD SPECIAL Great Harvest of Goldsboro 1721 East Ash Street (919) 288-2401 M-F 7am-6pm/Sat 7am-3pm PRE-ORDER your gifts and gift baskets by 12/10/17 and receive a $5 gift card for every $50 spent on gifts with this ad. Birthplace Christmas WHERE: Charles B. Aycock Birthplace in Fremont WHEN: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Dec. 5 and 7 COST: $2 4 ---- Goldsboro News-Argus Thursday, November 23, 2017 Interpreters at Gov. Charles B. Aycock Birthplace will talk about how Christmas was celebrated in the 1870s during the Christmas Candlelight Tours program. A traditional Christmas feast will be prepared during the Christmas Candlelight Tour.

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