Twelfth Night in Virginia Beach


January 05, 1992

The Francis Land House in Virginia Beach, Va., will be host to its Twelfth Night Celebration tomorrow from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Christmas Day in the 18th century was a strictly religious observance. Socializing began the day after Christmas and continued for 12 days, ending with the Twelfth Night Celebration. The Land House celebration is a step back in time to that era with costumed interpreters in the role of Francis Land, his family and friends. Costumed guides will conduct tours of this decorated plantation home, built in the mid-18th century.

The Williamsburg Heritage Dance Ensemble will perform and 18th century music will be played on period instruments, while guests sample Twelfth Night cake. The evening concludes with a bonfire and the burning of the greens. Free admission.

The Francis Land House is at 3131 Virginia Beach Blvd.; call (804) 340-1732.

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