The grounds were aglow at Liberty Hall Plantation earlier this month during the annual Christmas Candlelight Tour. Duplin County is home to this sprawling plantation and historic home of the venerable Kenan family that has been kept in pristine condition since the 1800?s.

And this year, on December 7th and 8th, visitors were transported back to Christmas time in the 1860s — a trying time in the South?s history, when Confederate troops and the Union army were at war. While Civil War re-enactments took place outside, visitors saw that even in a time of strife, it was still Christmas, and it was a time to remember the reason for the season.

Visitors were escorted by period-costumed guides giving tours of the holiday decorated, restored Greek revival house and its grounds, while special holiday music played and refreshments made from original Kenan family recipes were served. By all accounts, this year?s Christmas Candlelight Tour did not disappoint and has proven itself to be one of the must-attend holiday events of the season in Duplin County.

But you can?t say ?must-attend holiday event? without mentioning the December 9 th Oak Ridge Boys concert at the Duplin County Events Center! For the second year in a row, Duplin County was fortunate to play host to this legendary band ? this time in support of their Christmas Time?s A Comin? tour. Surrounded by decorative Christmas trees, their four-part harmonies filled the evening with joy, covering everything from their own well-known tunes to Christmas classics.

The intimate evening was full of song and story ? complete with a fireplace and rocking chairs where the band shared some of their favorite Christmas memories. Even Santa couldn?t resist making an appearance. But there were no reindeer for this Santa. Instead, he surprised the crowd on an eighteen wheeler! Leave it to Santa to steal the show ? and he made sure to leave the kids with ?Santa hats? of their own. Ho-ho ? oh what a night!

Happy holidays from all of us here in Duplin County. If you missed it this year, be sure to come celebrate with us next Christmas!

Plans to visit North Carolina? Duplin County should be a plot on your map as you make your way throughout the Tarheel state ? especially if you want to experience the home of America?s first cultivated grape!

When it comes to visiting North Carolina vineyards, Duplin County should be on the top of your must-see list.

A lot of planning and work goes into having a dream wedding, but before you can start on details like music and flowers, you have to determine the location you plan to say ?I do?. Duplin County has all kinds of unique venues to accommodate very small and personal wedding parties to crowds up to 500. From the traditional chapel, to an outdoor ceremony at a vineyard, or even cozy bed and breakfasts, Duplin has a wedding day destination for you.

Bigger isn?t always better, especially if you are working on a tight budget for your nuptials and want to keep the bill small. Smaller, more intimate venues can really make the mood more romantic as well. Chestnut Farm offers The Chapel on the Pond that can provide for 50 guests on a beautiful deck next to a pond. Tarkil Branch Farm?s Homestead Museum of Beulaville also offers indoor and outdoor facilities that hold up to 75 guests.

Perhaps you need a venue for a crowd. Legacy Farms Bed & Breakfast in Wallace has a property to handle a large wedding and reception party. Ed Emory Auditorium offers easy access to a catering kitchen and excellent parking for up to 250. The Murray House Country Inn can host your garden wedding and reception complete with brick patio and arbor for up to 300 guests. If these are all still too small, River Landing and Mad Boar Event Venues can hold your group of up to 500 in the Southeast?s premier facility.

Maybe you just want your wedding to be different. Duplin Winery can offer anything from intimate Southern elegance to large formal affairs. They also have a new beautiful vineyard area to hold an outdoor ceremony. The Country Squire Restaurant, Winery & Vintage Inn can handle just about every aspect of your service from lodging, food, and ceremony venue holding up to 300 guests. How about having your special day in a fully restored Queen Anne style house? Duplin County Veteran?s Memorial Museum would be happy to accommodate up to 180 guests for your special day.

The options are plentiful for spectacular wedding day in Duplin County. For more information on all these locations, visit the Event Spaces section of the website and start deciding which location is just right for you!


Lately, small business has been making a surge in Duplin County. In every small town, you can see new salons, restaurants, boutiques, and more popping up all the time. Have you entertained the thought of starting up your own business and becoming your own boss? Maybe now is the time to make your dreams come true. Lynn Davis is the director of the Small Business Center at James Sprunt Community College makes it her mission to help small business in Duplin County thrive.

The JSCC Small Business Center was established by the State Department of Community Colleges in 1988. The goal is to improve the success rate of small business in Duplin County and surrounding areas by providing entrepreneurs with the essential resources to help their business succeed. Some of the assistance they can provide is one-on-one counseling, business plan development and implementation, and free seminars.

For more information on how to make your dreams come true and add to the small business in Duplin County, contact Lynn Davis at the Small Business Center at James Sprunt Community College.

Lynn Davis, Director
P.O. Box 398
Kenansville, NC 28349

Think you?re pretty smart? Come out and test your knowledge at Duplin Winery?s Trivia Night on Friday, May 4th. Compete in teams against others to see if you have the largest database of useless knowledge while you enjoy some of Duplin?s cool, sweet, and easy wine. Free Trivia Night will be held at the winery the first Friday of every month from May to September.

The trivia event is free and there will be a full selection of Duplin wines available for purchase. Trivia runs from 7PM to 9PM, but arrive early since seats tend to fill up quickly. For more information call 1-800-774-9634.

Duplin Winery
505 North Sycamore Street
Rose Hill, NC 28458