Free Stuff | Family Day at Colonial North Carolina

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COLONIAL EVENT IN RALEIGH: You and your family can time travel to colonial North Carolina – for free – on Saturday. That's when the N.C. Museum of History has “Family Day: Colonial North Carolina,” 11 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be colonial games to play, military drills to join and craftspeople to watch. See a tinsmith make lanterns. Talk with craftspeople as they weave straw hats and bind books. The museum is in downtown Raleigh, at 5 E. Edenton St. Free. Museum hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon- 5 p.m. Sunday. Details: 919-807-7900;

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