Ringing in the Spirit of the Season

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!