River of Yesteryear
Colonial Living History Event
Location: River Bend Park
Historic Downtown Louisburg, NC
Saturday, October 26, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

If heavy rain is predicted all day for River of Yesteryear, we will update this website’s homepage with weather-related event information.

All exhibitors/demonstrations at River of Yesteryear will be open from 10 am – 4 pm, with the exception of: Jefferson / Hamilton debates (~ 30 min.) which will only be at 1 pm and 2 pm., and the History Table Talks which will be at 11 am and 12 noon (~ 20 min.).

During or after River of Yesteryear you may wish to visit a shop in historic downtown Louisburg. The following are all located on Main Street a few minutes’ walk from River Bend Park:

  • Blue Collie Coffee (specialty coffees, tea, pastries, sandwiches, hot dogs & soup. 106 N. Main. Opens at 9:00 a.m.).
  • Tar Banks Brewing Company (Craft brewery w/ local brews beside Blue Collie. Opens at 5:00 p.m.)
  • Andrejev Galleries (Fine art gallery: Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm., 105 S. Main, 252-469-8577.)
  • Louisburg Art Gallery (work of local artists: Saturday, 11am – 2pm & 3pm – 5pm, 118B N. Main).
  • Harris Pharmacy (105 N. Main. Saturday 9am – 4pm. 919-496-3543)
  • There are other shops along and adjacent to Main Street that you can peruse, as well!

Stroll north up Main Street by lovely historic homes as you walk by the campus of Louisburg College (first chartered in 1787) only three blocks north of River Bend Park. Just north of the College campus you will see the historic Person Place home (www.personplace.org) and other historic homes which are private homes not open to the public. Governor Thomas Walter Bickett was the 54th governor of North Carolina in the early 1900’s and this private home is one of the many listed in the Tour Historic Louisburg, North Carolina booklet.

Special note: The United States of America is eagerly anticipating the 250th birthday of our nation within the coming decade! You may wish to visit www.USA250.org

River of Yesteryear Park Map Key

Park Map Key
1. Pony Rides
2. History Talks & Debates (All take place in Tavern Tent (#8 in center of Park))

a. 11 am Gold Mining & Panning in Franklin County: Mr. John Truelove/15 min.
b. 12 pm Native Stories of the Southeast: Mr. Jamie Oxendine, Lumbee author/actor/30 min.
c. 1 pm & 2 pm Mr. Jefferson & Mr. Hamilton Debate “The New Constitution”/30 min.

3. Weaver
4. Quilters
5. Spinning/Dye Pot
6. Potter’s Wheel
7. Blacksmith
8. Historic Interpretations: Tavern Tent
(***History Talks and Debates take place in this Tavern Tent)

a. Cooking
b. Colonial Tea Display
c. Tavern Board Games

9. Colonial Artists & Leather Work
10. Afternoon Musician/Autoharp
11. Gold Panning in the Tar River
12. North Carolina Colonial Food Preservation
13. DAR Colonial Crafts & Games
14. Make a Colonial Rag Doll
15. Needlework
16. Chair Caning
17. Woodworker
18. 18th Century Medicine & Colonial Herbs
19. Camp Flintlock

a. Musket & Cannon Firing 1:45 & 2:45
b. Quill Writing, Games and Fife & Drum
c. Corn Pone
d. Colonial Store & Shopping

20. Grain Grinder & Fresh Bread Sale
21. Tin Punching (dots and dashes)
22. Children’s Colonial Cabin/Fort (by Cobb’s Mill Utility Bldgs.)
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X: Water & Snack Station
Y: Restrooms
Z: Food Trucks at Park Picnic Shelter