Governor Richard Caswell Memorial State Historic Site

Governor Richard Caswell Memorial State Historic Site The Governor Richard Caswell Memorial State Historic pays tribute to North Carolina’s first State governor. The Memorial houses artifacts from the Revolutionary War time period.
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The Governor Caswell Memorial pays tribute to North Carolina’s first State governor. There are reproductions of items to portray the life and times of Governor Richard Caswell. As a governor he was a man of great renown. The exhibits also tell about his life before and after being a governor including his family, his town, military career and business life. The location of the memorial was once part of the “Red House” Plantation that was once owned by the Caswell family. The only thing that remains from the original plantation is the family cemetery that is owned by the Mosely-Bright Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and administered by the State Historic Site.

Operating as usual

Alamance Battleground State Historic Site
09/15/2020

Alamance Battleground State Historic Site

One of the tools that we use to decide how to dress when portraying someone from the past is artwork. Historical Interpreter Drew Neill used his favorite painting, “Watson and the Shark” by John Singleton Copley, as his inspiration for a member of the artillery company of sailors raised at Wilmington. Capt. John Walker recruited this company to serve in Governor Tryon's campaign against the Regulators. Even with a painting to serve as a model, there is always a little experimenting that goes on while creating 18th century garments. Read on for more details about how this impression came together!

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For the petticoat breeches (also sometimes known as "slops"), Drew used hemp canvas based on descriptions of originals. Based on the painting Drew noticed the pleats appeared to be pretty well defined all the way down to the opening of the fly. He believed that that could only be achieved by basting the pleats down and pressing them during construction. The sailor would then remove the basting stitches before wearing. He decided to test his hypothesis and make a pair! While it took a little bit more time to baste and press the pleats down, it made it much easier to work with and attach the waistband. It also made them a easier to fold and store while he worked on them. Assuming a “slop shop” or naval tailoring shop made hundreds of these and relied on division of labor and many people working on different parts, plus the need to store them until needed, it makes sense to spend a few extra minutes on that step to save more time overall.

We would love to hear your thoughts on this project! Do you agree with Drew’s interpretation of the breeches construction?

Thanks to Adam Hodges-LeClaire of AHL Tailor & Naval Clothier for his thoughts and encouragement on this project!

Richard Caswell Memorial will welcome visitors back into our Visitor Center and historic structures beginning on Septemb...
09/04/2020

Richard Caswell Memorial will welcome visitors back into our Visitor Center and historic structures beginning on September 5, with some new procedures in place to help ensure the safety of staff and visitors, including:



- Limiting visitors to 50% of occupancy, to allow a comfortable visit to the Visitor Center and historic structures.

- Requiring cloth masks to enter the Visitor Center and historic structures, as outlined in Executive Order 163.

- All exhibits in the Visitor Center will be open.

- Installing hand sanitizer stations and increasing the frequency of cleaning high touch public areas and restrooms.

- Installing protective barriers at sales counters and information desks.

- Interactive exhibit features will be paused or modified.



Visitors are expected to follow the “Three W’s” as outlined by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services – WEAR a cloth mask over your nose and mouth, WAIT in line at least six feet away from others, and WASH your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer. If you are experiencing symptoms of illness, we ask that you postpone your visit.



We look forward to seeing you soon!!

08/10/2020
Alamance Battleground State Historic Site

Alamance Battleground State Historic Site

Historic Interpreter Drew Neill is here to take you on a deep dive into 18th century tailoring and clothing construction! Stay tuned for more weekly videos on this topic each Tuesday. Today, Drew is going over the first and most important part of tailoring, taking measurements. Enjoy and be share to leave questions for Drew in the comments!

The Declaration of Independence
08/02/2020
The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the...

Jamestown Settlement / American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
07/11/2020

Jamestown Settlement / American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

Farm Supervisor Gretchen Johnson, Historical Interpreter Greg Schneck, and other wonderful members of our staff worked hard while our museums were closed to ensure visitors are able to enjoy a bountiful garden while exploring the re-created 18th-century farm at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown now that we've reopened to the public. They worked daily to plant, weed and water crops such as tobacco and cotton that you'd typically find on a fully functioning Revolution-era farm and various vegetables that we use to make delicious period dishes - including potatoes, corn, carrots, onions, cabbages, lettuces, squash, peas, beans, spinach, radishes and herbs.

Jamestown Settlement / American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
06/26/2020

Jamestown Settlement / American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

Flag of the Day #13: “General Schuyler’s Flag”

Commonly known as the "Betsy Ross Flag", this flag's story is steeped in mystery and legend. In 1870, Descendants of Elizabeth "Betsy" Ross, claimed her design and handiwork as the "First American Flag", but this design was never officially adopted by Congress.

However, this style of flag was used as early as 1777, most famously by General Schuyler and his New York Troops.

Americans have come to know and love this style of flag with the alternating red and white stripes and 13 stars in a blue canton. This flag has been used in patriotic imagery since the late 19th century.

Official “First American Flag” or not, this flag will always be associated with the hardworking seamstresses and the homefront effort to support the front line troops.

Moores Creek National Battlefield
06/14/2020

Moores Creek National Battlefield

On this day in History June 14, 1775!

The Continental Army was established by the Second Continental Congress for the purpose of common defense. This important date in our history is considered to be the birth of the United States Army.

Also, on this day in History June 14, 1777!

The Stars and Stripes was adopted as the official flag of the United States! "Resolved: that the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation."

June 14, is also National Flag Day!

#Hooah #GoArmy #StarsandStripes #NationalFlagDay #FindYourPark #MooresCreekNationalBattlefield

Jamestown Settlement / American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
06/14/2020

Jamestown Settlement / American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

Today is National Sewing Machine Day!

Our museums’ seamstress, Barbara collects and restores antique and vintage sewing machines. She currently owns over 30 machines, all of them in working order and ready to sew!

Although sewing machines didn’t exist in the 17th and 18th Centuries, our museum utilizes machines for seams on the inside of garments while the exterior of the clothing is sewn by hand allowing us to maintain and authentic look.

Post a picture in the comments below of you and your sewing machine!

#NationalSewingMachineDay

Jamestown Settlement / American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
06/13/2020

Jamestown Settlement / American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

Happy National Herbs and Spices Day!

Today is a day to page homage to the wide variety of plants that not only improve the tastes of many of the foods we eat, but also have a multitude of medicinal uses. Herbs and spices are important in just about every culture throughout the world, including Powhatan and English.

The word in the Powhatan language for things with a spicy taste is wassacan. The Powhatan of the 17th century would have utilized plants, nuts and even certain types of ash as flavoring agents for their food. They also had a wide variety of medicinal herbs and had intimate knowledge of these plants and their uses.

The English had been utilizing plants as herbs and medicine for many centuries before settling at Jamestown, where they hoped to find an easier route to Asia in order to trade for spices that they could not grow themselves.

The use of herbs in Virginia communities, which encompass influences from many cultures all around the world, has continued up until today.

Moores Creek National Battlefield
06/12/2020

Moores Creek National Battlefield

Beards in the 18th century? In fact we know beards were unpopular and considered to be socially unacceptable during the 18th century, especially during military service. However the army was given a three day growth period while on campaign (meaning soldiers could shave every three days.)

So why no beards? One source argues that beards fell out of favor as powdered wigs became the rage, and since one's beard did not match the wig, it would be unfashionable to keep it. Another source suggests that people with beards are untrustworthy, and were trying to cover up their identity. So, if you had a beard, you were a person of questionable reputation. Regardless of what the reason was, we do know it was socially unacceptable.

So in good spirit, and because we have been quarantined for the last three months, we decided to take an idea from one of our sister parks Harper's Ferry National Historical Park, and have a best beard contest. Over the next two weeks, we will compile your best beard pics for each category and hold our contest Monday June 29- July 3, 2020. During that week, we will ask you, our friends on Facebook, to be the judges.

Monday June 29: Best Outlander Beard & Best historical tie-in beard (Soldiers were given three days growth while on the march during the 18th century. You send us your best three day growth pic.)
Tuesday June 30: Most creative beard & Most Questionable reputation beard
Wednesday July 3: Best short beard & Best groomed beard
Thursday July 2: Best long beard & Best medium beard
Friday July 3: Winners of each category will be announced

All entries can be sent to Ranger Jason Howell's email: [email protected]. Please verify your name, and which category you want to be placed in. \

#BeardContest #FindYourPark

06/06/2020

The Governor wishes to invite everyone to come out to the Caswell Memorial tomorrow Saturday June 6th. The grounds are open and we will have a living history display up. The Memorial exhibit is closed to the public, but we will also have a outside gift shop open. Weather permitting of course.

Richard Caswell Memorial Will Open Grounds to the Public May 29 CSS Neuse Civil War Center to Remain Closed..KINSTON, N....
05/29/2020

Richard Caswell Memorial Will Open Grounds to the Public May 29
CSS Neuse Civil War Center to Remain Closed
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KINSTON, N.C. – The Richard Caswell Memorial will open its grounds to the public May 29 with some new procedures in place to help ensure the safety of staff and visitors, including:
• Limiting visitation
• Limiting visitor access to the grounds and restrooms
• Installing hand sanitizer stations and increasing the frequency of cleaning restrooms
• Outdoor 18th and 19th century demonstrations available with social distancing in place
• Groups are limited to 25 people at a time
• Gift shop will be outdoors with limited capacity
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Areas that remain closed include:

CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center
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Visitors are encouraged to follow the “Three Ws” as outlined by the N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services – WEAR a cloth face covering; WAIT in line at least six feet away from others, and WASH hands frequently or use hand sanitizer. If you are experiencing symptoms of illness, we ask that you postpone your visit.
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Keep up to date with our plans by visiting our website at https://historicsites.nc.gov/all-sites/css-neuse-and-governor-caswell-memorial or following us on social media. We look forward to seeing you soon!

05/23/2020
Moores Creek National Battlefield

Moores Creek National Battlefield

Rangers from Ninety Six National Historic Site discuss the wide variety of uniforms worn in the American Revolution.

Duke Homestead State Historic Site
05/17/2020

Duke Homestead State Historic Site

Bonus motherhood posts for the weekend! Did you watch the livestream video earlier today from Alamance Battleground State Historic Site to commemorate the 249th anniversary of the battle?

They shared a lot of incredible accounts of the action, but also a handful of stories about some of the people involved, and their families. You might've caught the story of the woman left behind with 6 children to care for when her husband died in the battle. Or the woman who had a newborn and found out her husband also died in the battle.

Can you imagine? Up until not very long ago, a married woman had very few rights, and often relied solely on her husband for income- and thus for survival. Especially in the 18th century back country of North Carolina, where a family recently settled may not have had much of a social network to help them if something went wrong. We often remember the deaths on the battlefields, but behind each man was a woman who also suffered a great loss. Mothers lost their sons. Wives lost their husbands and had to raise their children alone if they didn't have family nearby.

You may not know, but when we put on events at most of our NC State Historic Sites, staff travel from across the state to help out. At least half of our staff at Duke Homestead would've been at Alamance all weekend to tell these stories of the Regulators, Gov. Tryon's men, widows left behind, and many of the women who played support roles. We're sad to miss it this year due to the world events, but we'll be ready for the big 250th next year!

If you're in the Alamance, HAPPENING NOW they have luminaries set out from now until 9pm! Go take a nice evening drive by the site if you can!

So today's motherhood post, our staff member shows you 1770s clothing. Just like the clothing you saw earlier this week, the women's clothing in this era often didn't involve much modification to fit for pregnancy either. She's wearing all her normal clothing and normal underpinnings, again, stays laced loosely, dress pinned a little larger closed, and apron and petticoat up over the bump. And again, the clothing fits comfortably, and she barely appears pregnant.
Special guest appearance from this series' photographer, a different Historic Sites employee whom would've also been interpreting history at Alamance today!

04/23/2020
Alamance Battleground State Historic Site

Alamance Battleground State Historic Site

We have an important announcement! Since we won’t be holding a public event to observe the anniversary of the Battle of Alamance, we’re doing something very different this year. Join Site Manager Jeremiah DeGennaro as he follows the march of Tryon’s militia in real time! He’ll be posting videos from camp sites and sharing information and entries from the campaign journal, 249 years to the day that they were written! As we teased yesterday, the video series will start in New Bern at Tryon Palace.

This will include a live real-time battle walk at Alamance Battleground on Saturday, May 16!

Watch the video below to find out more, and stay tuned...we have more surprises in store!

#BattleofAlamance249
#TryonsMarchRealTime

Moores Creek National Battlefield
04/02/2020

Moores Creek National Battlefield

Moores Creek National Battlefield is excited to announce that the park has developed, and posted, an online Junior Ranger booklet! The booklet can be found at: (https://www.nps.gov/mocr/learn/kidsyouth/virtual-junior-ranger-program.htm)

All of the activities can be completed using either content on the park's website (www.nps.gov/mocr) or watching videos on the park's YouTube Channel: (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRyckhSy0fgvxwBGH74AA1w).

Once completed Junior Rangers can participate with Ranger Adam in the Junior Ranger oath on the webpage! You can either send the completed book back to us through the mail (Address is on the park website) or scan your completed booklet and email it to [email protected]. Park staff will send you your Junior Ranger badge!

Don't want to wait for your badge to come in the mail, there's even a virtual Junior Ranger badge that you can print!

We look forward to you participating in our online Junior Ranger experience!

#nationalchildren'sbookday, #findyourpark, #virtualjuniorranger

03/31/2020
Jamestown Settlement / American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

Jamestown Settlement / American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

In this video, Jamie shows you how to do the full 18th century Continental army musket drill. Since you can't be with Jamie in person, grab your toy muskets or even a stick and try it along with him at home! Please post questions and comments below.

Governor Richard Caswell Memorial State Historic Site's cover photo
03/27/2020

Governor Richard Caswell Memorial State Historic Site's cover photo

03/25/2020
Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg

Travel Back in time to 1781 with Thomas Jefferson. He has just stepped down after serving as Governor of Virginia. Tell us where you're watching from, and tell us what questions you have for Mr. Jefferson!

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