A daylong celebration at the oldest museum in the nation dedicated to the history of rural health care will be held Saturday, April 21.
From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., the Country Doctor Museum will host “History Alive! A 50th Anniversary Celebration” – a family-friendly event that aims to offer visitors a glimpse into the past. Free activities will include museum tours, a petting zoo and horse-drawn carriage rides from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Acoustic and old-time music will be provided by DryBread Road, and a variety of food vendors will be present.
The Joel Lane House, Imagination Station Science and History Museum, Aycock Birthplace and the Tobacco Farm Life Museum will offer free activities and demonstrations.
The Country Doctor Museum will also showcase a new exhibit, “The Sick Room: Home Comfort and Bedside Necessities,” which illustrates how an extended illness of a family member or loved one was a common part of life at the turn of the 20th century.
“I hope everyone will join us for our anniversary celebration,” said museum curator, Anne Anderson. “Kids can try rolling medicine pills with antique pill-machines. Folks can sit back and listen to traditional music. Plus, free cupcakes while they last. We’ll have something for everyone.”
The museum, located at 7089 Peele Road in Bailey, 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.