NC to celebrate 175th birthday of capitol building Saturday

North Carolina State Capitol building

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – North Carolina is getting ready to celebrate the 175th birthday of its capitol building.

The free celebration begins at the capitol building in Raleigh at 11 a.m. Saturday and includes music, history demonstrations, arts and crafts vendors, trackless train rides for kids, birthday cake and more. The celebration will run until 4 p.m.

Starting at 5 p.m. a “Barbecue & Bluegrass Birthday Bash” fundraiser will be held with the proceeds paying for education, restoration and preservation programs at the building.

The event, hosted by the State Capitol Foundation, will be held outside the building’s east front. Meal tickets cost $25 for adults ($20 for current State Capitol Foundation members) and $10 for children’s plates. Plates include BBQ, slaw, potatoes, green beans, banana pudding and tea. Beverages are being provided by Mystery Brewing Company out of Hillsborough.

The capitol building was opened in 1840 after North Carolina’s original capitol was destroyed in a fire nine years before.

The governor’s office remains in the capitol, even though the Senate and House moved to the Legislative Building in 1963.

For more information, visit the website here.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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