Sept. 10, 2017: Outlander Day in Historic Bethabara!

“At the moment, our total stock consisted of a small white piglet, which Jamie had obtained from a Moravian settlement thirty miles away, exchanging for it a bag of sweet yams I had gathered and a bundle of willow-twig brooms I had made.”

Drums of Autumn

By now, you may have your Outlander season 3 premiere plans in order. Perhaps a Scottish-themed feast with your girls or just cozying up on the couch with a dram of good Scotch beside a life-size cardboard cutout of Jamie Fraser. (Both seem perfectly appropriate.) But why not make a day of it?

Here’s your chance: Historic Bethabara Park in Winston-Salem will host Outlander Day on Sept. 10! Historic Bethabara, the 1753 site of North Carolina’s first Moravian settlement, is a reconstructed colonial community that contains a restored 1788 church, archaeological ruins and a French and Indian War-era fort.

Admission to Outlander Day is free, and the festivities will be held 1-4 p.m. The event was planned in conjunction with Outlander author Diana Gabaldon’s appearance at the annual Festival of Books and Authors at 5 p.m. that evening in Winston-Salem. (See the previous Finding Fraser’s Ridge post to learn more about the festival and how to get tickets to Diana’s keynote speech.)

Not only will you have the opportunity to explore the settlement the Frasers visited to trade goods but you’ll also learn more about Jamie and Claire’s way of life in colonial North Carolina. A horticultural archaeologist will lead visitors on a tour of Bethabara’s medicinal garden, sharing insight into the plants Claire used for healing. A local author, historian and story-teller will lead “The History Behind the Fiction” presentations. Meanwhile, a Scottish dulcimer player will provide music and demonstrations.

And of course, it would be verra silly indeed to depart without donning a kilt in the photo booth!

If you show your ticket to Diana’s speech, you’ll receive a free tour of the 1788 church and meeting house! Don’t have a ticket? Stop by Bethabara’s visitor center to enter for a chance to win two premier seating tickets (which sold out in minutes) or general admission tickets. Winners will be announced at 3 p.m. on Outlander Day. Winners must be present in the visitor center then to claim their prize.

Visit Bethabara’s Facebook page for tour times and more details.

Courtesy of Bethabara
Photo by Brandon Ore, courtesy of Historic Bethabara Park

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