For a few hours on Saturday at the Sampson County History Museum, crafters will show visitors how things were made in the old days.
The historical organization is hosting Craft Demonstration Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, on the museum grounds, 313 Lisbon St. Director Chris Woodson is looking to visitors participating in one the biggest events of the year.
“The overall purpose is to promote some of the traditional crafts in our community and allow an opportunity for the visitors to come out and see some of their crafts,” Woodson said.
Some of the demonstrations include quilting, weaving, woodworking and basket-making. The annual tradition will have about 20 participants.
“We got quite a few this year,” Woodson said.
Located in Downtown Clinton, the museum’s purpose is to educate the public about Sampson County’s heritage. The upcoming event is one of many initiatives held during the year to promote local history.
“These are crafts that are not widely practiced anymore,” Woodson said. “It help gives the visitor appreciation for the way some of these things were done in the past. Nowadays you can go to Belk or Walmart to buy clothes. Back then, they did all of that by scratch.”
The event is being held in conjunction with the nearby Ol’ Lightnin’ Rods Antique Car Show. Along with the annual Court Square Street Fair, both events were cancelled on Saturday, Oct. 8, because of Hurricane Matthew.
During Craft Day, the free event will also give the public a chance to tour the museum and learn about historic Sampson County. Some of the galleries include a sports hall of fame, agriculture museum and military history.
Along with viewing history, event-goers may listen to music and enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides. Games will be available for children. The local Four-H Club will bring animals for people to see too.
The event is being supported by the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. For more information, contact museum officials at 910-590-0007. Updates regarding the event are also available on the museum’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/SampsonHistory
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