If you’ve ever wondered what life was like in colonial North Carolina you will soon have a chance to experience it for yourself. Living History Days at Gregory Creek Homestead is happening this Saturday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as two more dates this fall.
What to Expect
This living history event features educational interpretations of what life was like for early settlers of the Carolinas. While the grounds and walking trails of the homestead are open during daylight hours every day, it is only during Living History Days at Gregory Creek Homestead that the cabins on the property are open for touring.
The historic cabins on the grounds are from both Iredell and Alexander Counties dating from the 1790s to the 1890s. Being able to look inside the cabins gives visitors a chance to easily imagine what it would have been like to live in such a home—often with a large family.
There will be outdoor vendors, musicians playing historic music, blacksmiths, kitchen demonstrations, and more! Children will also be able to participate in common 19th century children activities and games.
Quick Glance Back in Time
Life in the backcountry of North Carolina in the 18th and 19th century centered on families all working together to make a living. Most early settlers earned a living by farming, and every member of the household—even children as young as 4—had specific chores and responsibilities. Most farms produced corn, wheat, or tobacco.
Other settlers worked in the woods cutting down pines to produce tar and turpentine for naval stores, which used those items to patch leaks in the ship and to waterproof sails. Colonists who settled more in town had the typical mercantile, textile, and even early government roles.
The types of games children played during this time are still familiar—to some at least—today. They include games like leapfrog, hide-and-seek, tag, and sack and relay races.
Dates and Location
In addition to this Saturday, Sept. 26, Living History Days will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Dec. 5—both from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gregory Creek Homestead is located at 1335 Museum Road in Statesville.
Remembering and experiencing what life was like through the Living History Days at Gregory Creek Homestead is a good way see firsthand just how far we have come. Then after the fun day, you can take it back to the comforts of your home at Summer Pointe! If you’re a visitor who has fallen in love with our community, and you’re interested in finding out more about community life, check out our blog.