Want to find out what real mac and cheese was like back in the 1800s? Or experience food that’s fresh from the back yard?

Visitors can do just that at the From Farm to Flavor: A Celebration of Southern Food History at the Gov. Charles B. Aycock Birthplace this month. The program will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 23.

Those attending can help by rolling out noodles as a costumed interpreter makes mac and cheese from a recipe found in an 1800s cookbook. The program also features information on some of the women’s roles on the farm and mastery in the kitchen in observance of Women’s History Month.

Visitors can learn about herbs and their many uses and even make their own herb sachet to take home. And they can also make their own butter to take home.

There will be various glass jars with spices in them and visitors can try their hand at identifying the spices based solely on smell.

Costumed interpreters will demonstrate how to render lard and cure meat.

Those attending are asked to take their favorite for a special hometown cookbook.

The program is free.

For more information, call the birthplace at 919-242-5581.