It’s one thing to read books about rural life in the South 100 or more years ago. It’s another to experience it for yourself. And that’s what the John Blue Festival is all about. Held at the North Carolina Rural Heritage Center in Laurinburg, come see a team of mules hitched to an authentic cotton gin used before the Civil War. Check out the goods in the old-time General Store. See one of only five tobacco barns still standing in the state. Enjoy the Cotton Blossom Railroad, powered by a miniature steam locomotive. The kids can play old-time farm games or go on a hayride. Enjoy live music, storytellers, and dancers on our outdoor stage. Tour the John Blue House and museum, with its antique tractors, cars, and original farm equipment.