Blackbeard coming to museum

Feb. 14, 2013 @ 06:12 PM

Blackbeard the Pirate is coming to the Granville County Historical Museum.

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, author, historian and filmmaker Kevin Duffus will re-create the life and times of the famous and infamous pirate in a multi-media presentation in Harris Exhibit Hall at 1 Museum Lane.

For three centuries, legends have grown about Edward Teach, who lived from about 1680 until 1718 and was known as Blackbeard. He may have established a home base in Bath, from which he conducted his pirate operations along the eastern coast of the American colonies and in the West Indies.

Duffus’ research has led him to conclusions that conflict with many of the accepted “facts” about Blackbeard, such as who he really was, where he lived, the nature of his pirating and what became of his treasure.

The pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that make up the legend of Blackbeard doesn’t always fit together, according to Duffus. What he has found in his examination of the pirate’s life often contradicts the traditional accounts of Blackbeard’s origins, his travels, the reasons for his piratical dealings, his death and the identity and fate of his most trusted crewmembers.

Duffus will share his beliefs about what was in Blackbeard’s treasure and where it might be hidden. His book will be available for sale and signing.

To introduce the program, Capt. Jack Sparrow (portrayed by costumed storyteller Claire Ramsey) will entertain the audience with folklore and legends about the pirate scoundrel.

A grant from the Granville Arts Council provides partial support for the program.

Admission for the program is $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens, students and members of the Granville County Historical Society. Tickets may be purchased before Saturday at Harris Hall or on the day of the event.

The proceeds will be used by the museum to provide future programs.

Contact the writer at dirvine@hendersondispatch.com.