Over the weekend, we attended a Colonial Christmas Open House at the Joel Lane Museum House in Downtown Raleigh. Free events like these not only provide frugal family entertainment but also a learning experience for the children. The 18th century manor home was built by Colonel Joel Lane circa 1770. Lane was instrumental in the formation of our county and capital and is known as the "Father of Wake County".
The house was decorated for the Christmas season
A desk filled with letters
Garland strung over the fireplace
Upstairs, we toured the childrens room and tried on some period clothing.
Back downstairs, there was live music and story telling in the front room.
The fireplace in the kitchen.
The building which serves as the kitchen was not originally on the Joel Lane plantation. It was built in 1790 on a farm in northern Wake County and moved to the site in 1979. The small kitchen building was actually a middle class dwelling that housed an entire family.
Outside, there were activities for the kids.
Ashleigh working on an ornament.
Reed playing with a wooden dancing figure.
Ashleigh playing with a game.
Reed playing a ring toss game with one of the volunteers.