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PARTNER EVENT: 400th Anniversary of Sir Walter Raleigh’s Death Commemoration

October 27, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm




Even 400 years after his death, Sir Walter Raleigh continues to intrigue! Raleigh sponsored three expeditions to Roanoke colony in the 1580s, the earliest British attempt to settle North America. In 1792, North Carolina’s legislature honored this feat by naming the state’s new capital city for the explorer, soldier, and writer.

On Saturday, October 27, the State Capitol will join worldwide remembrances of Raleigh by showcasing demonstrations of Elizabethan-era life on the Capitol grounds from noon-4 p.m. Re-enactors, including a portrayal of Sir Walter himself, will interact with visitors and offer activities such as dance demonstrations, Elizabethan game play, a brass rubbing activity station, scriptorium activity station, and tailoring demonstrations.

Inside the Capitol, visitors are invited to view a rare copy of a 1652 edition of The History of the World, written by Raleigh. The book is on short-term loan from the UNC Libraries at UNC Chapel Hill. At 3 p.m., a formal ceremony commemorating Raleigh’s life and legacy will be held in the historic House Chamber. NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall will give remarks and dignitaries representing North Carolina and British organizations will participate.

This event is FREE and open to all. No reservations necessary.

For more information about the Capitol or this event, please call (919) 733-4994.

The State Capitol’s mission is to preserve and interpret the history, architecture and function of the 1840 building and Union Square. It is within the Division of State Historic Sites within the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, and located at One Edenton Street, Raleigh. For additional information please call or visit

About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please visit


N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
109 E. Jones Street | Raleigh, N.C. | 27601 |


October 27, 2018
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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North Carolina State Capitol
1 Edenton Street
Raleigh, 27601 United States
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(919) 733-4994