A grenade from the Queen Anne’s Revenge.
Cannonballs, a wine bottle, spikes and other nautical tools and personal items are included in the exhibit. So are plans for family fun, as the exhibit includes a traveling trunk with games and a model life-sized pirate. Admission to the exhibit is $1 for adults and 25 cents for school-aged children. A free opening reception Sept. 6, at 6 p.m., in the assembly room of the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse will feature period maritime music by historian Simon Spaulding and light refreshments.
Other programs will include Homeschool Talk Like a Pirate Day (yes, there really is one) on Sept. 19 that includes a tour of the exhibit, period games, making a pirate flag, an archaeological dig and more. The cost is $1 to cover the supplies. Pirate Family Fun Day Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will include a tour of the exhibit, pirate and colonial themed games, making a pirate hat, lessons on cannon firing and more. Visitors should be on the lookout for Blackbeard wandering around in search of his lost treasures. Also plan to tour the Elizabeth II ship on a visit to Edenton Bay from Roanoke Island Festival Park. The fee is $1 for adults and 25 cents for children.
Every Wednesday, Sept. 18 to Oct. 16, Historic Edenton will host Colonial History Days. Schools are invited to explore early colonial history at the site; tour the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse and Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge 1718 exhibit; and enjoy crafts and games about colonial North Carolina and pirates. The cost is $1 per participant. Make reservations by calling (252) 482-2737.
The artifacts are on loan from the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort
, the official repository for artifacts from the Queen Anne’s Revenge
shipwreck. The tour will visit N.C. historic sites through 2014. The Underwater Archaeology Branch has led research on the shipwreck since 1997.
The Queen Anne’s Revenge ran aground in Beaufort in June 1718. Intersal, Inc., a private research firm, discovered the site believed to be Queen Anne’s Revenge Nov. 21, 1996. QAR was located near Beaufort Inlet, N.C., by Intersal’s director of operations, Mike Daniel, who used historical research provided by Intersal’s president, Phil Masters. Daniel now heads up Maritime Research Institute, the nonprofit corporation formed to work on the project in cooperation with state archaeologists and historians of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.
For information about the exhibition at Historic Edenton, please call (252) 482-2637. The Historic Edenton Visitor Center is located at 108 N. Broad St.
in Edenton. Historic Edenton is part of the Division of State Historic Sites. The Division of State Historic Sites, the Underwater Archaeology Branch and the Division of State History Museums are within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.
Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.
NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov