A daylong celebration at the oldest museum in the nation dedicated to the history of rural health care will be held Saturday, Oct. 12.
The Country Doctor Museum will host “History Alive!” from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Free activities will include museum tours and horse drawn carriage rides from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Traditional and popular music from the mid-19th century will be performed by The Huckleberry Brothers Band.
Civil War re-enactors from the 1st North Carolina Field Hospital will have a replica medical tent and ambulance on display. Braxton Overby, a historical interpreter from Mordecai Historic Park, will demonstrate hearth cooking.
Vendors, including Ward’s Steak and Cheese of Wilson, will be selling a variety of food including barbecue, turkey legs, hot dogs, funnel cakes, fried Oreos and more.
The Aurora Fossil Museum, Bentonville Battlefield, Historic Yates Mill County Park, Imagination Station Science and History Museum, Joel Lane House, Pope House Museum, Rocky Mount Children’s Museum and Science Center, Roma’s Clydesdale Farm and Sylvan Heights Bird Park will offer free activities and demonstrations for visitors.
The Country Doctor Museum showcases more than 5,000 medical artifacts and volumes of historic texts relevant to the practice of medicine between the late 18th century and the first half of the 20th century. Nursing, pharmaceuticals and home remedies also are included.
The museum is managed as part of the History Collections of Laupus Library at East Carolina University through an agreement with the ECU Medical & Health Sciences Foundation.
For more information, call 252-235-4165 or visit http://www.countrydoctormuseum.org.