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2016 Museum Day Live!
September 24, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ticket Required for this FREE event
Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket…for free! To receive your free Museum Day Live! Ticket for two people only, please fill out the form on this page on or after Monday, August 1st. Your Ticket will be emailed to you after you submit your information. You may show your e-mail ticket on your phone, or print a copy, to receive your free admission.
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What You Will See:
Blandwood is one of America’s great historic houses, representing the ideals of progressive North Carolina Governor John Motley Morehead and serving as a prototype for one of America’s most popular architectural styles in the nineteenth century.
Constructed in 1795 by Charles Bland on the crest of a hill on his wooded land, the simple two-story farmhouse was later the home of Governor Morehead. He expanded the house using plans drawn by nationally renowned architect Alexander Jackson Davis of New York. Davis designed additions in the Italianate style villa that featured a central tower, stucco walls, and symmetrical flanking dependencies. Completed in 1846, it is considered the oldest standing example of Italianate architecture in the United States.
Today, Blandwood operates as a museum, and provides visitors with a remarkably complete ensemble of 19th century art, architecture, furnishings, and landscape. The house was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and received the distinction of being named a National Historic Landmark in 1988.