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Rocky Mount Celebrates the Holidays with Candlelight Christmas

Contributed • Dec 12, 2019 at 8:43 AM

Come experience an old-fashioned Christmas at Rocky Mount’s annual “Candlelight Christmas” event, continuing Dec. 13 and 14. 

Rocky Mount State Historic Site’s “Candlelight Christmas” tours are a chance to look back at a simpler time, in which guests will travel back to Christmas Eve of 1791 when the Cobb family home is adorned with handmade decorations of greenery and lit by candles.

Meet the Cobb family, Governor Blount and his family, and many of the Cobb family’s friends and neighbors. Listen to the stories of firing the anvil, the kissing ball, poor man’s punch and more. Watch the dances of the time and even be invited to join in. Tap your toes and clap your hands to the traditional music being played. Smell the apple fritters frying in the kitchen, the pies waiting to be eaten in the dining room, and the smoke of the bonfire. At the end of the tour, warm up in the reception area with coffee, hot chocolate and other goodies.

“Candlelight Christmas” is a new way to experience an old favorite. This tour is completely different from Rocky Mount’s daily tours and captures a different side of life in 1791. Start a new tradition this year, or keep your tradition going, by attending our “Candlelight Christmas” tour.

Candlelight Christmas tours will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will continue every fifteen minutes until 8 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for children, with reservations encouraged. Rocky Mount also offers discounted rates for groups of twelve or more (reservations are required to receive a group rate) and discounts for Rocky Mount Historical Association members.

For more information, call 423-538-7396 or visit www.rockymountmuseum.com

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