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WEB EXCLUSIVE If you’re missing the local culture with Raleigh museums closed due to the pandemic, here’s your chance to take some in—and to learn a little history in the meantime—from the comfort of your living room.
At 7 p.m. this evening, the North Carolina Museum of History hosts History + Highballs: Montfort Hall Past, Present and Future. The free online program will be presented by Jeff and Sarah Shepherd, the husband and wife team who own Montfort Hall and are in the process of restoring the pre-Civil War era mansion, located at the highest point in the historic Boylan Heights neighborhood, into a boutique hotel, bar, event space and community hub.
Built in 1858, the 6,000 square-foot Italianate-style home is a National and Historic Raleigh Landmark that’s seen several different owners and lots of changes over the centuries. Montfort Hall was originally commissioned for William Montfort Boylan, the son of the prominent Raleigh businessman and wealthy landowner William Boylan. The younger Boylan selected the British architect William Percival to design the home and Boylan owned it until 1899, when the mansion was sold and the land surrounding it was subdivided to form the Boylan Heights neighborhood.
In the meantime, the mansion has served as various residences and a church but was in a state of disrepair when the Shepherds, longtime Boylan Heights residents, bought it.
As you tune in to the program this evening, enjoy your drink of choice or try the Montfort Mango Lemonade, specially created by guest bartender Zenon Nunez for this event. Cocktail ingredients include vodka, lime juice, mango juice, lemonade and lemons and limes for garnish.
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