ROLESVILLE — The sound of the fife and drum heard in Rolesville’s Christmas Parade last weekend was a militia call for history lovers to march right up North Main Street and experience an Historic Home Holiday event that kicks off this upcoming week at Rolesville's new museum at 201 N. Main Street.
On Monday Dec. 11 at 7 p.m., Historic Rolesville Society (HRS) gathers for a quarterly meeting that offers a new powerpoint presentation on local history by HRS President Michael Bailey, a sampling of the traditional holiday drink called syllabub and the opening of a limited run holiday exhibit created by HRS volunteers and Museum Director Terry Marcellin-Little. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this meeting.
Historic Home Holiday will remain in place through the week of Dec. 11-23. It will be open again select hours during the week of Jan. 2-11, 2018. The museum’s standard and extended hours may be viewed at LittleHouseNC.com.
Inside Rolesville’s museum in the c. 1840 John Lewis Terrell home, you'll find examples of southern antebellum Christmas traditions.
The museum’s period holiday displays this year are based on the book Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters, which won the Coretta Scott King Award for Authors. The 1994 children’s book by Fredrick McKissack, Jr. and Patricia McKissack was painstakingly researched to provide a glimpse into the preparations and workings around the Christmas season in a home and grounds of this period of southern history.
These holiday traditions have been carefully incorporated into the Little House Museum’s own displays to give all members of the community this peek into the past.
The featured exhibit is the latest gift made to the HRS: a highly detailed 1:12 scale miniature of a larger plantation home called D’Evereux.
From the gleaming marble entry to it’s crowning cupola, the replica model of the plantation house was painstakingly crafted across seven years by the late Gary Johnsen. In handcrafted marble, tile, wood, glass, ceramic and more, it captures an iconic antebellum Mississippi mansion that remains standing today, originally constructed between 1836-40 along the historic Natchez Trace.
The storied trace or settlers’ trail along the Mississippi River was critical to southern slave trade, and was used by many moving westward, including Rolesville’s town founder. William Roles moved to a small town along the opposite end of the trace during that same period, following the 1837 incorporation of the North Carolina town that bears his name and his personal bankruptcy two years later.
Additional parking is available one block south at 101 N. Main St. and 105-A W. Young St.
To contact the Historic Rolesville Society, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the museum and location, call 919-271-0923, email email@example.com, or see LittleHouseNC.com.