President James K. Polk North Carolina State Historic Site pays tribute to our 11th president and presents living history that brings the early 19th century to life. It’s always free to visit.
The historic site presents many events, and most of them are free to attend.
Here’s what’s coming up:
12th Night: The Vanishing Holiday
Saturday, January 6th, 2018
11 am – Noon
Ron Vinson, Executive Director of the Presbyterian Heritage Center in Montreat, NC, will discuss the origin and prominence of Twelfth Night from its medieval continental origins through Shakespeare’s 1602 play, to observances in Colonial Carolinas.
Once the annual peak of parties, gift-giving, and even weddings, the festivities surrounding Twelfth Night gradually disappeared over the last two centuries. Yet hints of this once ubiquitous holiday remain in our present day celebrations.
Mr. Vinson’s presentation will include illustrations and the opportunity to hear medieval carols and colonial tunes about the celebration of Twelfth Night.