River of Yesteryear
Colonial Living History Event
Location: River Bend Park
Historic Downtown Louisburg, NC
Saturday, October 20, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This is the third year for The River of Yesteryear which is a North Carolina Colonial living history event in Louisburg, North Carolina, showcasing Franklin County artisans who focus on heritage arts, as well as other North Carolina living history reenactors.

Living history is a delightful educational opportunity to ‘live in the moment our ancestors experienced in their homes and communities’. Join us for this walk back in time as we bring history to life!

The debates (1 pm & 2 pm) between Thomas Jefferson (noted professional actor from Williamsburg, VA) and Alexander Hamilton (professor of drama/actor) are especially interesting for adults and high school students! The debate topic will be “The New Constitution”!

Award winning author, Suzanne Adair will be on hand to talk about North Carolina’s role in the American Revolution. You may hear some very surprising stories, if you stop by and visit her!

Maury York (local historian) will give a twenty minute “Table Talk” about Louisburg’s beginning in 1779 at 11:00 am and 12 noon.

River of Yesteryear Demonstrations

  • Quilting (Tar River Piece Makers Quilting Guild)
  • Jefferson/Hamilton Debates (1 pm & 2 pm)
  • Dulcimer music (12 pm – 2 pm) by musicians Kirk and Judy House; (2 pm – 4 pm) music by Anita Fuller
  • Spinning
  • Colonial Cooking
  • Pony Rides ($3 / $5)
  • Woodcrafting
  • Blacksmith
  • Chair Caning
  • 18th Century Medicinal presentation
  • Author Suzanne Adair
  • Weaving
  • NC Pottery
  • Colonial Herb Display
  • Sewing Bee
  • Make a Colonial Rag Doll
  • Reel Dancing
  • Colonial Clothing and Tea Talk
  • 18th Century Cannon exhibition
  • Colonial Artists
  • DAR Colonial Games & Crafts
  • Camp Flintlock 
  • Historic Interpretations
  • George Washington style tents
  • Colonial camp stores with shopping for children and adults
  • and more!!