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The museum is focused on the history of 13
counties in the northeastern part of North Carolina. These
counties include Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates,
Hertford, Hyde, Northampton, Perquimans, Pasquotank, Tyrell and
Washington. The area was once known as the Albemarle
region. Located at 501 South Water Street in Elizabeth
Alamance County Museums
[History of Battle of Alamance]
The battle of
Alamance was fought between the Regulators and the royal
governor William Tryon's militia in 1771. Living history
re-enactments are featured during special events. Also
located on the grounds is the
a log structure like those lived in by the frontier people of
the colony in the time period of the Battle of Alamance.
Located at 5803 N.C. 62 South in Burlington, NC.
Alamance County Historical Museum
Housed inside the
1790 plantation home of Michael Holt III, the museum features
three period rooms with mid-nineteenth century furnishings on
the first floor. Upstairs, visitors will find a period
bedroom and two rooms filled with exhibits and artifacts related
to the history of Alamance County, North Carolina. Located
outside on the property are a restored granary and carriage
house along with vintage gardens. Located at 4777 NC
Highway 62 South in Burlington, NC.
Historical Farm is located inside the park. It has been
restored to the 1900 time period, complete with farm animals and
antique farm equipment. The farm represents what life was
like in North Carolina during the 19th century. Located
inside Cedarock Park at 4242 R. Dean Coleman Road in Burlington,
Operated by the
Haw River Historical Association,
the museum is housed in the former firehall built in the 1800s
and features many historic artifacts, photos and memorabilia
related to the history of Haw River. Located at 201 East
Main Street in Haw River, NC.
Mebane Historical Society & Museum
The museum is
housed inside the old Mebane High School and features historical
items and artifacts related to the history of Mebane.
Located at 209 West Jackson Street in Mebane, NC.
Textile Heritage Museum at Glencoe
Focus is on the
textile history of Alamance County and the surrounding Piedmont
area. The Textile Heritage Museum is housed inside the
former 1880 Company Store and Office Building in the Glencoe
Mill Village. Located at 2406 Glencoe Street in historic
Alexander County Museums
Linney's Mill was originally built in 1790 by
Richard Cook. It has stood on the same spot in Alexander
County, North Carolina for over 220 years. Today, it is a
working mill and produces corn meal. Visitors can watch
the grinding process which is powered by a water wheel on Rocky
Creek. Located off of NC Highway 115 about 20 miles north
of Statesville by Rock Creek on Linney's Mill Road.
Lucas Mansion / Hiddenite Center
Lucas Mansion was built ca 1900. It has
been restored and features exhibits of art and local history
along with large collections of dolls and local gemstones.
Located at 316 Hiddenite Church Road in Hiddenite, NC.
Old Jail Museum
The historic 1913 jailhouse of Taylorsville was
closed in 1970 and has been preserved. It is considered
one of the oldest public buildings in Alexander County and one
of the oldest jailhouses still standing in North Carolina.
The jailhouse features a small museum about the former jailers
and their families who lived in the jail and supervised the
prisoners. The old jailhouse also holds a genealogical
research library for those researching their family history.
Located at 205 Main Avenue SE in downtown Taylorsville, NC.
Alleghany County Museums
Operated by the Alleghany Historical-Genealogical
Society, the primary focus of the museum is on the local
heritage of Alleghany County and features a variety of historic
artifacts and exhibits. Located at 7 North Main Street in
downtown Sparta, NC.
Anson County Museums
Alexander Little added the wing to the the
original structure in 1839. The house today is operated by
the Anson County Historical Society as a museum and features
beautiful antique furnishings. Located at 206 E. Wade
Street in Wadesoro, NC.
Ashe-Covington Medical Museum
Housed inside the
small building built around 1890 and owned by Dr. Edmund S.
Ashe, the museum has a collection of medical artifacts and items
showing the vital role of the medical profession in the lives of
Anson County residents. Located at East Wade and
Washington Street in Wadesboro NC.
The 18th-century house was built by Captain
Patrick Boggan, one of the founders of Wadesboro, North
Carolina. The house has been restored and is furnished
with period furnishings, some original. Located at 206 E.
Wade Street in Wadesboro, NC.
Museum of Early America in the Leavitt House
Built in 1832, the Leavitt House is the oldest
commercial building still in use in Anson County. In the
mid 1800s, the house was used as an Inn and in later years, it
was used as a Funeral Home. Today, it is a museum and
houses the Tom Little artifacts, the F. C. Allen Arrowhead
collection and a Wadesboro High School Memorabilia room along
with other collections of historical artifacts and antiquities.
Located at 101 W. Martin Street in Wadesboro, NC.
Ashe County Museums
Ashe County History, Inc.
Museum of Ashe County History on Facebook
Housed inside the
historic 1904 Ashe County Courthouse building, the museum is
devoted to the preservation of the rich heritage of Ashe County,
The museum is still a work in progress. Located at 301
East Main Street in Jefferson, NC.
Oconaluftee Visitor Center
Stories and Photos]
The Visitor Center
museum exhibits relate the history of the Great Smoky Mountains
from the time of the Native Americans and early European
settlement through the CCC and development of the national park.
Mountain Farm Museum features several log structures and
depicts what farm life was like here in earlier times.
Located inside the
Great Smoky Mountains National Park at 527 Ashe Park Road in
Avery County Museums
County Historical Museum
Devoted to the preservation and display of
artifacts, photographs and documents related to the rich history
of Avery County and the surrounding Toe River Valley.
Housed in the old county jail, the museum also includes a new
research room where you will find material to help with family
research. Located at 1829 Shultz Circle in Newland, NC.
of Plumtree, NC]
Built by the Burleson family, Burleson Cabin is
known as the oldest log cabin still standing in Avery County,
the cabin dates to the Revolutionary War time period. The
cabin has been restored and is being preserved in Plumtree, NC.
Beaufort County Museums
Aurora Fossil Museum
increasing the knowledge of the geology and paleontology of the
coastal plains of North Carolina. The museum features the
"Pit of the Pungo", an unlimited source of Miocene age fossils
where visitors, young and old, may find their own fossils.
Located at 400 Main Street in Aurora, NC.
Belhaven Memorial Museum
Memorial Museum is focused on the collection, preservation and
display of historical artifacts and items related to the local
history of the Belhaven area and eastern North Carolina.
Located on East Main Street (Business 264) on the second floor
of the old Belhaven Town Hall.
State Historic Site
[Historic Postcard Photos]
Tour of Historic Bath]
The original Bath
town boundaries are today considered the Bath Historic District.
The site boasts the restored 1734
St. Thomas Episcopal Church, the
Palmer-Marsh House, the ca. 1790
Van Der Veer House,
Glebe House (a private residence) and the 1830
Bonner House. See the
Map and Directions to the historic Bath site.
North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort
the Exhibits] [NC
Maritime Museum in Beaufort on Facebook]
The North Carolina
Maritime Museum features exhibits about North Carolina's rich
seafood industry, lighthouse, sailboats and motorboats.
The museum is the official repository for artifacts from
Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge, the pirate ship that ran
aground in Beaufort in 1718.
Academy Historical Museum
Housed in the old Pantego Academy (Ye Olde
Academy), the museum offers a glimpse into the past days of
Pantego, North Carolina. Located at 46
Academy Street in Pantego, NC.
Bertie County Museums
Historic Homes of Bertie County
Built in 1803 by NC Governor David Stone, the
beautiful mansion has been restored and is open to the public
with guided tours. The 1763 King Bazemore House has been
moved to the site and is also open for tours. 132 Hope
House Road, Windsor, NC.
Bladen County Museums
Bladenboro Farm Life School
1917-1991, the Farm Life School building today, houses the
Bladenboro Historical Society along with a variety of museums
and other activities. Along with the many museums housed
in the historical school building, there is a Family History
Room operated by the Mother County Genealogical Society, the
BVAC art gallery, a schoolroom, . Museums include:
where historical data, photos and other memorabilia relate
the history of Bladenboro.
features a wonderful variety of crafted buildings and other
craft items on display.
E. Frink Military Museum is a memorial dedicated to the men
and women of Bladenboro who have served in the armed forces.
The Bladenboro Historical Society is located at
818 South Main Street in Bladenboro, NC.
Harmony Hall Plantation
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Harmony Hall Plantation is the 1760s home of Colonel James
Richardson. Along with the historic plantation house,
there are several historical buildings on the grounds including
a one-room schoolhouse. Located on the Cape Fear River at
1615 River Road in White Oak, NC.
Brunswick County Museums
Brunswick Town / Fort Anderson
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Brunswick Town was
a major pre-Revolutionary port on Cape Fear River. It was
destroyed by British troops in 1776, never to be rebuilt.
Fort Anderson was built on top of the old Brunswick Town site
during the Civil War. A Visitors Center features a museum
with exhibits, artifacts and even a video relating the history
of Brunswick Town / Fort Anderson. Located at 8884 St.
Phillips Road SE in Winnabow, NC.
North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport
The museum tells
the story of the Cape Fear region, the people and their
relationship to the water. Located at 204 E. Moore Street
in Southport, NC.
Old Jail Museum
Built in 1904, the
Old Brunswick County Jail serves today as a museum.
Operated by the Southport Historical Society, it is located on
the corner of Nash and Rhett Streets in Southport, NC.
Buncombe County Museums
women's cultural museum in the southeast. Located at 35
Wall Street in Asheville, NC.
Basilica of St. Lawrence
Built in 1909, the
Basilica of St. Lawrence is a beautiful Catholic Church still
holding services. Visitors are welcome to tour the
historic church. Located at 97 Haywood Street in
home has 250 rooms with an 8000 acre backyard where visitors can
enjoy hiking, fishing, horseback riding and many other
activities. Located at One Lodge Street in Asheville, NC.
Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center
The museum is
focused on the history of Black Mountain College and the arts.
Located at 56 Broadway in Asheville, NC.
The historic Grove
Arcade first opened in 1929, full of shops and merchants.
During WWII, the Federal Government took over use of the
building. Today, the building has been declared a National
Historical Place and has been restored and reopened in 2002.
Featuring shops, restaurants, offices and apartments, the Arcade
is thriving and a fun place to visit. Located at 1 Page
Avenue in Asheville, NC.
Pack Place is a
complex in the Pack Square Cultural District and includes
several museums. The Ashville Art Museum, Colburn Earth
Science Museum, the Diana Wortham Theatre and the YMI Cultural
Center are all part of the complex. Guided tours and
walking tours of Asheville, North Carolina are also offered from
this location. Pack Place is a recommended starting point for
visitors to Asheville. Located at 2 South Pack Square in
Smith-McDowell House Museum
Built ca.1840, the
mansion is the oldest surviving house in Asheville and the
oldest brick house still standing in Buncombe County, North
Carolina. The beautifully restored mansion was once the
home of mayors, a Civil War major and friends of the Vanderbilts.
Exhibits are focused on the history of the area, the house and
the people. Located at 283 Victoria Road in Asheville, NC.
Southern Appalachian Radio Museum
features exhibits of vintage radios, radio equipment,
microphones and other items related to radio. Located in
Room 315 of the Elm Building at A-B Technical Community College
at 340 Victoria Road in Asheville, NC.
Swannanoa Valley Museum
County Museum is focused on the preservation and interpretation
of the social, cultural and natural history of the Swannanoa
Valley. Located at 223 West State Street in
Black Mountain, NC.
Memorial State Historic Site
The historic house
known as "Old Kentucky Home" was novelist Thomas Wolfe's
childhood home. Tours of the home are featured and a
visitor's center provides information on the life of Thomas
Wolfe and his contributions to literature. Located at 52
North Market Street in Asheville, NC.
Built in 1893, the
Young Men's Institute (YMI) is one of America's oldest African
American Institutions. This celebration of culture is
located at 39 South Market Street in Asheville, NC.
Burke County Museums
Burke Heritage Museum
Housed inside the
historic Old Burke County Courthouse, the museum features
changing exhibits related to Burke County history. Other
exhibits educate visitor about the NC Supreme Court sessions
held during the 19th century in the Old Burke County Courthouse.
Located on Courthouse Square in Morganton, NC.
Burke County Historic Sites
Greene Street Railroad Depot
Built in 1886,
this train depot has been restored to it's 1916 appearance and
opened as a museum displaying artifacts related to the railroad
in North Carolina and in particular, Morganton. Located at
624 South Green Street in Morganton, NC.
The History Museum of Burke County
Visitors will find
artifacts, photographs and documents related to the history of
Burke County. The museum has an extensive collection of
early photos of Valdese, Morganton and the surrounding areas in
Burke County. Located at 201 West Meeting Street in
McDowell House at Quaker Meadows
The historic home
built by Captain Charles McDowell Jr. in 1812 has been restored
and allows visitors to get a glimpse of what life was like in
the 19th century. the house is available for rental for
special events. Located at 119 St. Mary's Church Road in
Carolina School for the Deaf Museum
Housed inside the
1870 home of the former school superintendent, the museum
features displays of historical artifacts, vintage clothing,
yearbooks, school publications, photographs, scrapbooks and
other documentation of the school. The museum also
provides information about the first deaf school in Raleigh, NC.
Located at 517 W Fleming Drive in Morganton, NC.
Senator Sam J. Ervin, Jr. Library and Museum
presents memorabilia, the Senator's library and other items
related to the life and times of Senator Sam J. Ervin Jr.
Located at 1001 Burkemont Avenue in Morganton, NC.
Devoted to the
history of the early Italian settlers of Burke County.
Located on Rodoret Street in Valdese, NC. The
Trail of Faith is an exhibit depicting the events of the
Waldensian people and their persecution and migration to
Valdese, NC. This exhibit is found next to the
Old Colony Players Amphitheater where an outdoor drama of
these events is held during summer months. The
Amphitheater is located on Church Street in Valdese.
Cabarrus County Museums
Grist Mill [History]
Established ca 1810 and operating since the early
1800s, the Bost Mill is still using the same French Buhr
Millstone to grind conrmeal and grits. The mill is opened
for tours during
special events. The mill and grounds are quite
picturesque. Located on NC Hwy 200, a few miles from Reed
Cabarrus County Historical Moments on YouTube
A collection of YouTube videos with retired Judge
Clarence Horton as the host telling much about the history of
Cabarrus County, NC.
Cabarrus County Veterans Museum
The museum is
operated by the Cabarrus Historical Association is devoted to
honoring the Cabarrus County servicemen and women who have
served in the armed services. Located at 65 Church Street
in Concord, NC.
The museum houses
historical artifacts from the pioneer days of Cabarrus County
through the twentieth century. Located in the historic
courthouse at 65 Union Street in downtown Concord, NC.
Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society Museum
Located in the Mt.
Pleasant Collegiate Institute building which was erected in
1855. Over 30 rooms hold the history of the people and
culture of Eastern Cabarrus County. Located at 1100 Main
Street North in Mount Pleasant, NC.
GI Memorial House Museum
The museum is a
memorial to the small GI Houses built after WWII for the
returning GI's who wanted to marry and had no place to live.
Located at 905 King Street in Kannopolis, NC.
Reed Gold Mine [History]
Declared a NC state
historic site, it is the first documented gold discovery in the
United States. Discovered on the property of German John
Reed in 1799 by his son Conrad Reed while fishing, the first
find weighed over 17 pounds and was used as a doorstop for
several years before it was known that the discovery was gold.
Reed and his subsequent partners became quite wealthy.
Since 1977, the site provides a visitor center, underground
tunnels, information and film about early mining history, an
operating stamp mill and trails. Visitors can pan for gold
just as in the "olden days". Located at 9621 Reed Mine Rd.
in Midland, NC. Phone number is (704) 721-GOLD.
Caldwell County Museums
Caldwell Heritage Museum
Focused on the collection, preservation and
dissemination of the history of Caldwell County for generations
to come, the museum is housed inside a historical building which
was once part of Davenport College. Exhibits take visitors
on a chronological history tour of Caldwell County from
pre-colonial days to the present time. Located at 112
Valden Street SW in Lenoir, NC.
Living History Days is
held on the rounds of historic Fort Defiance annually.
Visitors will learn about life on the 18th century frontier
through demonstrations by skilled interpreters and craftsmen.
Located off of Highway 268, 5.5 miles northeast of Highway 321.
Physical address is 1792 Fort Defiance Drive in Lenoir, NC.
Hudson Depot Railroad Museum
Housed inside the former train depot, the museum
chronicles the history of the town of Hudson and the local
railroad industry. Located at 550 Central Street in
Camden County Museums
Camden County Heritage Museum
Housed in the old Camden County Jail built ca
1910, exhibits are displayed related to the early history of
Camden County. Located at the Camden County Courthouse,
117 North Highway 343 in Camden, NC.
Dismal Swamp State Park
The Visitor Center / Exhibit Hall features
exhibits about the history of Dismal Swamp and why it was
important in the Underground Railroad. Located at 2294 US
17 North in South Mills, NC.
Carteret County Museums
Fort Macon State Park
Tour of Fort Macon] [History]
Fort Macon began in 1826 and the fort was garrisoned in 1834.
Fort Macon was actively used through the Civil War and after the
was was used as a Civil & Military Prison until 1877. It
was again used during the Spanish American War and in 1903, the
fort was abandoned. In 1924, it became a North Carolina
State Park. Visitors to the park may tour the old Fort
Macon. Exhibits and displays will educate visitors about
the history of Fort Macon and the people who have occupied it
over the years. Located at 2303 East Fort Macon Road in
Atlantic Beach, NC.
North Carolina Maritime Museum
Discover North Carolina's maritime heritage
through exhibits, hands-on programs and field trips.
Located at 315 Front Street in Beaufort, NC.
Caswell County Museums
Housed in the 1822 Gatewood House, the museum is
devoted to the history of Caswell County. Open for tours
but check for days and times. Located at 15 Main Street in
Catawba County Museums
Bunker Hill Covered Bridge
The Bunker Hill
Bridge was built in 1895 and today is one of only two original
covered bridges in North Carolina which remain. Located on
Hwy 70, two miles east of Claremont, NC.
Catawba County Firefighters Museum
The museum features
vintage fire trucks, firefighting equipment, fire warning
lights, signals, alarms and other items related to the
firefighting history of Catawba County. Located at 3957
Herman Sipe Road in Conover, NC.
Catawba County Museum of History
This history museum
is housed in the stately old 1924 Catawba County courthouse.
Focused on the history of the Catawba River Valley area,
exhibits include Civil War artifacts and uniforms, a variety of
agricultural implements and tools, and a 1920 medical office
along with a Library and Archives for researchers.
Location is 15 North College Ave. in Newton, NC.
Harper House - Hickory History Center
The Harper House has
been restored and features both the local history of Hickory and
the Victorian lifestyle of the south ca 1887. On the same
property, is the Lyerly House which also features interpretation
of Hickory, North Carolina's rich heritage. Located at 310 N.
Center Street in Hickory, NC.
Murray's Mill Historic District
The first mill at
this site was built in 1883 by William Murray. The mill at
this historic site today, was built in 1913 by John Murray.
The Murray family were also the proprietors of the 1890s O. D.
Murray and Company general store, where you can shop for old
fashioned candies and items. Also open for tours is the
John Murray House, built in 1912 and furnished in period
Chatham County Museums
Chatham Historical Museum
A display of the early history of Chatham County is located
inside the Chatham County Courthouse. It is operated by
the Chatham County Historical Association who are also in the
restoring two log houses and operate the
Charles Manley's Law Office. Located in the Chatham
County Courthouse in the center of Pittsboro, NC.
Cherokee County Museums
Cherokee County Historical Museum
Featuring over 5000
Cherokee Indian artifacts, the museum reflects on the life of
the Cherokee Indian Tribe prior to the Trail of Tears removal to
Oklahoma. Located at 87 Peachtree Street in Murphy, NC.
Chowan County Museums
Built in 1782, the house was home to Thomas and
Penelope Barker. Penelope Barker was involved in the
Edenton Tea Party.
Today, the house is home to the Edenton Historical Commission
and a Welcome Center featuring information, maps, trolley tours
of historic sites, exhibits and a gift shop.
Located at 505 S. Broad Street in Edenton, NC.
The Cupola House
Built in 1758 by Francis Corbin, the Cupola House
was purchased by Dr. Samuel Dickinson in 1768 and his
descendants lived in the home for over 141 years and then the
house was almost gone to ruin. The house was saved by the
Cupola House Association in 1918 and has been restored and
preserved featuring lovely gardens. Guided tours are
available and the gardens are open daily for visitors to enjoy.
Located at 408 S. Broad Street in Edenton, NC.
Cotton Mill Museum of History
The Mill Village features over 70 buildings and
is considered one of the most well preserved intact mill
villages still extant in the state of North Carolina. The
museum offers exhibits related to the history of the Mill
Village and the impact on the people of Edenton. Housed
inside the former cotton mill office in the Mill Village located
at 420 Elliot Street in Edenton, NC.
Roanoke River Lighthouse
The Roanoke River Lighthouse operated from
1887-1941 in the Albemarle Sound and guarding the entrance to
Roanoke River near Plymouth. Today the lighthouse
overlooks Edenton Bay and has been lovingly restored and
furnished. Visitors may tour the lighthouse. Located
at 108 North Broad Street in Edenton, NC.
Clay County Museums
Clay County Historical & Arts Museum
Housed in the 1912 Clay County Jail, the history
museum relates the history of Clay County, NC to visitors
through exhibits and photographs. Many Indian artifacts
and antique farm equipment are on display. Located at 21
Davis Loop in Hayesville, NC.
Campbell Folk School
Patterned after the folkehojskole (folk
schools) located in early rural Denmark, this folk school opened
in the 1920's as a way of bringing education to rural families.
Today, folk classes are offered and bring history, folk arts and
crafts, music, dance, cooking, gardening and more to a non
competitive learning experience.
One Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC 28902
Visitors will find
the Cherokee Village that is replicated from historical records
and features exhibits of Cherokee history and art. Live
demonstrations are performed on special occasions.
Cleveland County Museums
Cleveland County Historical Museum
Housed inside the 1907 Cleveland County
Courthouse, the history museum is devoted to the early peoples
and life in Cleveland County. A living history program
brings the early times in Shelby to life. Located in the
Court Square in Shelby, NC.
Kings Mountain Historical Fire Museum
includes antique fire trucks and equipment and the history of
the fire department in Kings Mountain. Located at 210
Cleveland Avenue in Kings Mountain, NC.
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Learn about the early history of Kings
Mountain. Check for times open as it is not open at all
times. Located at 100 E. Mountain Street in Kings Mountain, NC.
Lawndale Museum & Metcalfe Station
Operated by the
Lawndale Historical Society, the museum is located at 119
Piedmont Drive in Lawndale, NC.
Columbus County Museums
1870 Mt. Tabor School House and Tabor City Depot Museum
Schoolhouse holds historical artifacts related to rural
education in eastern North Carolina. There are original
photos, textbooks and histories of the school featured in
displays as well. The Tabor City Depot Museum features
artifacts and photos related to the local history of Tabor City.
Located at 103 East Fourth Street in Tabor City, NC.
Chadbourn Depot Museum
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Built in 1910,
Chadbourn Depot is used today as a museum. The train depot
has been lovingly restored and holds historical artifacts
including model railroads, period furnishings and railroad
memorabilia. Located at 201 West First Avenue in
Bluff Depot Museum
Built in 1887, the
Fair Bluff Railroad Depot holds the Museum which is filled with
historical artifacts and items related to the history of Fair
Bluff, NC. Located at 339 Railroad Street in Fair Bluff,
Lake Waccamaw Depot Museum
Coastline Railroad Depot was completed in 1904. The museum
holds historical artifacts related to the history of Waccamaw.
Located at 201 Flemmington Avenue in Lake Waccamaw, NC.
North Carolina Museum of Forestry
The museum is
focused on the natural history and cultural heritage of the
forests of North Carolina. Located at 415 South Madison
Street in Whiteville, NC.
Craven County Museums
Battle of New Bern, Civil War Battlefield Park
Brochure & Map]
Site of the Battle
of New Bern on March 14, 1862, the New Bern Civil War
Battlefield Park is located 5 miles east of the city of New Bern
at the entrance to Taberna.
Bern Fireman's Museum
Devoted to the
history of firefighting in New Bern, NC, the museum is located
at 408 Hancock Street in New Bern, NC.
Once the home to
Governor William Tryon, the first governor of North Carolina,
Tryon Palace, today is devoted to the dissemination of the
history of North Carolina from the days of early settlement and
statehood through the mid-twentieth century through the
collection, interpretation and preservation of historical
objects, buildings, landscapes and artifacts. There are
many historical buildings located around the Tryon Palace
The 1830s Dixon
The 1780s Stanley House, and
The Robert Hay
House along with the
New Bern Academy Museum which was built ca. 1766 as the
first publicly-chartered school in North Carolina. The New
Bern Academy Museum interprets life in New Bern during the
Federal period 1862-1865. Visitors to the property will
find themselves surrounded by beautiful period gardens.
Located at 529 South Front Street in New Bern, NC.
Cumberland County Museums
Special Operations Museum Foundation
military history of the airborne and special operations soldiers
from 1940 to present time, the museum is located at 100 Bragg
Blvd. in Fayetteville, NC.
Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum
Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum on
Housed inside the
1890 Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley Railroad Depot, the museum
relates the history of the local Fayetteville area from
prehistoric times through the early 20th century. Located
at 325 Franklin Street in Fayetteville, NC.
Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex
complex is located at 801 Arsenal Avenue in Fayetteville, NC and
includes the following:
Museum of Cape Fear - The museum features two floors
of exhibits related to the history of southern North
Carolina from the time of the American Indians through the
early 20th century.
1897 Poe House - The historic house was home to the
Poe family. Edgar Allan Poe was a local businessman.
Today the house is open for tours and educates visitors on
what life was like in the early twentieth century.
Arsenal Park - Visitors can explore the site of the
arsenal which was used by both the Federal and Confederate
governments in Civil War times. Signs tell some of the
history of the arsenal.
Currituck County Museums
Currituck Beach Lighthouse
lighthouse is 162 feet tall and was created with over 1 million
bricks. This outer banks light station has been restored
and is open to visitors who are allowed to climb the 220 step
winding staircase. Exhibits inside the lighthouse tell the
history of coastal lighthouses, Fresnel lens, shipwrecks and the
lighthouse keepers who took care of them.
Weddings are often held at the lighthouse. Located in
the historic Corolla Village off of Route 12.
Corolla Village] [History
Completed in 1925,
the residence of the Edward Collings Knight, Jr. family was 5
stories tall and 21,000 square feet with modern conveniences,
making it quite a marvel of it's time. Today, the
Whalehead Club has been preserved and restored to its original
1920s grandeur. Visitors will see original and replicated
furnishings representing the lifestyle of the Knight family
while historical photos, documents and other items provide an
insight into the history of Corolla Island and Whalehead.
Located at 1100 Club Road, Rt. 12 N in Corolla, NC.
Dare County Museums
Raleigh National Historic Site
This historic site
is the first of England's New World settlements from 1584-1590.
The site is being protected and preserved. Archaelogical
digs have turned up many historical artifacts from the time
period of the early settlements and include Native American
items as well. The eartherworks of the fort may be
explored. The Visitor Center is located at 1500 Fort
Raleigh Road in Manteo, NC.
Frisco Native American Museum
Focus of the
museum is on the collection and preservation of Native American
artifacts, art and culture. Many of the exhibits are
related to the original inhabitants of Hatteras Island, North
Carolina. Located at 53536 Highway 12 in Frisco, NC.
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
The waters off the
North Carolina's Outer Banks hold thousands of lost vessels and
mariners who lost their lives there. The museum is devoted
to the history of those lost ships and features historical
artifacts and the maritime history of the Outer Banks.
Located at 59200 Museum Drive in Hatteras, NC.
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Focus is on the
history of the first flights of the Wright Brothers and the
tests which were conducted in Kill Devil Hills. Located at
1000 North Croatan Highway in Kill Devil Hills, NC.
Davidson County Museums
Davidson County Historical Museum
Tour of Davidson County Sights and Heritage]
Housed inside the
old 1858 Davidson County Courthouse on the Lexington square, the
museum features historical artifacts, photographs and a
collection of archival materials. Visitors can view the
judge's bench, jury box and prisoner holding cage. Located
on the square in Historic Uptown Lexington.
Davie County Museums
Mill Village Museum
Visitors to the Mill Village Museum will get a
glimpse into the life of folks in a Carolina cotton mill village
where the town was owned by the company. Housed inside the
historic Zachary House, the museum features 1900s artifacts and
photographs. Located at 14 Church Street in Cooleemee, NC.
Bennett Place - Civil War State Historic Site [Photos]
This farmhouse was
the location of the largest troop surrender of the American
Civil War. A visitor center including a museum gallery and
a short film, tells the story of the Bennett family and the
surrender of Confederate troops. Located at 4409 Bennett
Memorial Road in Durham, NC.
Duke Homestead and Tobacco Museum
The Duke Homestead
is a beautiful 19th century home. The museum offers
visitors a look into the past when tobacco farming was prevalent
in America. Located at 2828 Duke Homestead Rd. in Durham,
West Point Mill
of the Eno River Basin]
The historic mill on
the Eno River in Durham City Park. At one time there were
many mills on the Eno River as the area was home to farmers and
millers. West Point Mil was a working mill from
1778-1942 and the core of this vital community. This mill
has been restored and is an actual working mill. Goods are
sold in the mill store. Other historic buildings include
the McCown-Mangum house, a ca 1840 farmhouse and the
West Point tobacco packhouse which today houses an exhibit
Hugh Mangum's photographs.
Blount Bridgers House Museum
The historic 1808 House is a National Historic
Landmark and holds an art collection that celebrates the 200
year old material culture of Edgecomb County and native born
artist Hobson Pittman. Two other structures located on the
grounds are the 1810 Silas Everett House which holds the Pender
Museum filled with 19th century ceramics and Jugtown pottery and
an 1845 farm house. Located at 130 Bridgers St. in
Old Salem Living History Museum
original museum buildings, rare antiques, authentic craftsman on
site, the recreated village is a living history example of what
life was like for early southerners. The visitor can take
a step back in time while enjoying shopping and learning in the museums: The Children's Museum,
MESDA, and the
Historic Town of Old Salem. You will find a
Research Library on site too.
The village is home to
The Fourth House which was built in 1768. It is the
oldest original structure in the Old Salem restoration area. Located at 900 Old Salem Road,
near downtown Winston-Salem, NC.
American Military Museum of Gastonia
The museum houses a college of military
memorabilia from past wars. One section is devoted
specifically to the Rambling Rebels, a renowned North Carolina
marching and music band.
The museum boasts the world's largest flying
American flag which is reported to be seen as far as 30 miles
109 W. Franklin
Blvd. in Gastonia, NC.
Historical Society's Cultural and Heritage Learning Center
Housed inside the
1899 R. L. Stowe House, the museum features artifacts and
exhibits related to the history of Belmont, NC. From the
days when Indians roamed the land to the 1930s era, visitors
will learn about the rich heritage of Belmont. The
facility includes a research library with genealogies of some
early families. Located at 40 Catawba Street in Belmont,
Brevard Station Museum [History
developing an interest in the history of Stanley and bringing
that history to Stanley's school children, residents and
visitors. Located at 112 South Main Street in Stanley, NC.
Gaston County Museum of History and Art
The 1852 Hoffman
Hotel building is home to the Gaston County Museum. Early
businessmen, leaders and farmers have all visited within the
walls of this old hotel. Housing over 5000 objects, 20,000
documents and 400,000 photographs, the museum is the ultimate
place to learn about the history of Gaston County. Located at 131 W. Main
Street in Dallas, NC.
Museum of Natural History
Focused on early natural history, Indian
history, Piedmont history , stone age history, and space
science. The exhibits take you from a Catawba Indian
Village, to the Lynn Planetarium. Something for everyone
to do, see and learn.
1500 East Garrison Blvd.
Greene County Museum
Operated by the Greene County Arts and
Historical Society, the museum houses a
research library containing historical documents and photos
related to the history of Greene County, NC.
Located at 107 NW
Third Street in Snow Hill, NC.
Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum
Courthouse National Military Park [The
On March 15th, 1781, one of the largest
battles of the Revolutionary War was fought at Guilford
Courthouse. The visitors center offers exhibits explaining
the battle and houses artifacts from the war.
2332 New Garden
Rd., Greensboro, NC.
Oracoke Preservation Society Museum
Housed in the historic house built by Captain
David Williams around 1900, the museum features pieces of and
historic artifacts from nearby Confederate Civil War Fort
Oracoke along with exhibits of maritime objects, and items
related to the history of the island.
Iredell Museum of Arts & Heritage offers over 30 acres of
trails leading through a living history pioneer settlement.
Open for special events. Statesville, NC.
[Harper House History & Photos]
Old Gilliam Mill Park
Originally built in 1850 on Big Pocket Creek by Howell &
John Gilliam, this one is a faithful reproduction built in 1879
up the creek from the original site. Nearby are an
old saw mill and kiln. Highway 42 West in Sanford, NC.
of Downtown Sanford]
Operated by the
Railroad House Historic Association, the museum is housed inside
Sanford's oldest house. Built in 1872, the house was home
to the first mayor of Sanford. Exhibits are related to the
history of Sanford and Lee County. Located at 226 Carthage
Street in Sanford, NC.
Richard Caswell Memorial
USS Neuse State Historical Site
Lincoln County Museum of History
The mission of the
Lincoln Cultural Center is to
enhance the lives of people of Lincoln County with offerings of
history, art and culture. Housed inside the cultural
center, the history museum is devoted to the history of Lincoln
County. Located at 403 E. Main Street in Lincolnton, NC.
Macon County Historical Society & Museum
Housed in the 100 year old Pendergrass Store, the
museum offers history of the Macon County area including
Cherokee artifacts. The society offers many
published books related to Macon County hisotry.
Located at 36 W. Main Street in Franklin, NC.
Asa Biggs House
An 1831 home housing the Martin County Historical
Society, Visitor's Center and the County Travel and Tourism
Office. Location is 100 East Church Street in Williamston,
Daniel Staton Mill (The Big Mill)
An old working
mill where corn meal is ground. Located at 2710 Holly
Springs Church Road in Williamston, NC.
Fort Branch Civil War Site [History] [Re-enactment]
earthern fort on the Roanoke River, it is being restored and
re-enactments are held at the historic site. Located 3
miles southeast of Hamilton, N.C. off NC Hwy 125/903 at 2883
Fort Branch Road.
Little Red Schoolhouse
Recently moved to
Moratoc Park, the 1860 school was once located in Poplar Point
and was used until 1925. 102 River Road, Williamston, NC.
St. James Place Museum
This folk art museum
is housed inside an old 1910 Primitive Baptist Church building.
Exhibits offered are unusual collections of North Carolina
pottery and quilts. Located at the corner of US 64 Alt. &
Outerbridge Street in Robersonville, NC.
Village and North Carolina Mining Museum
While the museum
offers a large collection of mining memorabilia, visitors seem
to love the gem mining experience offered here. As water
comes through a flume, you will search through buckets of dirt
and rocks for precious gems. Gemstones can then be cut and
fashioned into jewelry. Located on McKinney Mine Road in
Little Switzerland, NC.
Discovered in the 1800s, it is the only cave
formation located in North Carolina. The limestone caves
offer visitors a view of age old beauty beneath the earth's
surface. Tours through the caverns began as early as 1939 and
are offered today. Located off of U.S. Hwy 221 N in
Mountain Gateway Museum
Gateway Museum and Heritage Center on Facebook]
The Mountain Gateway Museum features educational
and historical exhibits. Visitors will see exhibits which
include artifacts and historical items from the western area of
North Carolina. There are exhibits about folk medicine,
moonshining, the Civil War, weaving and spinning, Marion
Manufacturing and more. During special events, there are
folks dressed up in time period dress and demonstrations of
historical crafts. There are two 19th century log
cabins located on the grounds as well. Located on the
banks of Mill Creek at 139 S. Catawba Avenue in downtown Old
J. McEwen Historic Village
The Mint Hill Country Doctor's Museum was the
first in this collection of historical buildings which include
the Ashcraft Schoolhouse, the Ira V. Ferguson Country Store and
a meat curing building. The small restored community
provides an opportunity for visitors to take a step back in time
and learn what life was like 100 years ago. Located at
4311 Hillside Drive in Mint Hill, NC.
Carolinas Aviation Museum
Preserving the history of aviation in the
Carolinas. Collection includes over 45 major aircraft and
other artifacts related to aviation. Located at the
Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.
Museum of History
Hezekiah Alexander Homestead
The oldest surviving house in Mecklenburg County,
NC is home to the Charlotte Museum of History where docent led
tours are offered. Locate at 3500 Shamrock Drive in
Latta Plantation [Virtual Tours]
Levine Museum of the New South
of people and places from 1865 to present. Located at 200
E. Seventh Street in Charlotte, NC.
James K. Polk Memorial [Facilities and directions]
Built on land owned
by the parents of the 11th president is a reconstructed log
cabin which is similar to the one James K. Polk lived in as a
boy. Nearby is a stone monument dedicated to the memory of President James K. Polk.
It was erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution in
Rosedale Plantation [History] [Photos]
Hill Farm [History
of the Davidson Family]
of Major John Davidson, it is now a living history museum and
center for Scottish heritage.
Historic Homes in Moore County
Country Doctor Museum
The museum is focused on the life of rural
medicine of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The museum
features over 5000 medical artifacts and volumes of historic
texts ranging from rural doctors, nursing, pharmaceuticals and
home remedies. Located at 6642 Peele Road in Bailey, NC.
Museum & Hall of Fame
The Twin County
Museum is focused on the history, culture and people of Nash and
Edgecombe Counties of NC. Housed inside the Train Station
at 100 Coastline Street in downtown Rocky Mount, NC.
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Burgwin - Wright House
The home was built in 1770 on the old jail
foundation. John Burgwin, the treasurer of the Colony of
Carolina built what was called "the most considerable house in
town". Lord Cornwallis used the home as his headquarters
just before his surrender at Yorktown, VA. The home was
purchased by Joshua Grainger Wright in 1799 for 3500 Spanish
milled dollars. In 1937, the Burgwin - Wright House was
purchased by the National Society of The Colonial Dames of
America in the State of North Carolina. Today the house is
a living history museum offering docent guided tours.
Located at 224 Market Street in Wilmington, NC.
Cape Fear Museum
Founded in 1898, Cape
Fear Museum is the oldest continuously operating museum of
history in North Carolina. Dedicated to the preservation,
collection and interpretation of the history, science and
culture of Lower Cape Fear, the museum is located at 814 Market
Street in Wilmington, NC.
Built in 1852 by
Zebulon Latimer, a local merchant of Wilmington, North Carolina,
the house is a fine example of what Victorian elegance was like
in Wilmington. Visitors will explore 14 rooms containing
over 600 historical objects along with the lovely gardens which
are planted with Victorian era flora. Located at 126 South
Third Street in Wilmington, NC.
County Museum [Photo
Focused on the
history of Onslow County, the museum features historical
artifacts, maritime items, and a research room. Located
just 15 minutes from Jacksonville at 301 S. Wilmington Street in
Person County Museum of History
The site is really a complex of historical buildings which
Woodsdale General Store,
the office of Dr. John H. Merrit, a
tobacco barn, and the
Van Hook School (possibly the oldest school still standing
in North Carolina). A large exhibit is focused on Enos
Slaughter, native of Roxboro and Baseball Hall of Famer.
historic site and learn about the history of Roxboro and Person
County. Located at 311 North Main Street in Roxboro, NC.
Red Banks Primitive Baptist Church
Maintained by the Pitt County Historical Society
which calls the church home, the church is also offered for
weddings, concerts and other special events. Located in
Polk County Historical Museum
Housed inside the
Feagan Building, the museum holds a collection of historic
artifacts which tell the story of Polk County. Located at
60 Walker Street in Columbus, NC.
Polk County Self Guided Historic Tour
Tryon Toy-Makers' House Museum
Toy-Makers and Wood-Carvers was a company who operated in Tryon
from 1915 to 1940. Today you will find original toys and
furniture as well as a gift shop offering original handmade
arts. Located at 43 E. Howard Street in Tryon, NC.
Rankin Museum of American Heritage
The museum features collections
and exhibits related to natural history, American heritage and
Native American culture. Located at 131 West Church Street
in Ellerbe, NC.
County History & Photos
Four historic buildings (a tobacco factory and
barn, a one room schoolhouse and a corn crib) have been restored
and moved near the Rockingham Community College. The
village is only open for special events and by appointment.
Historical Sites in Rockingham County
in 1816 on the original part of the Wright Tavern. The
tavern operated until the 1920s. Later purchased by the
Reid family, the establishment was then known as Reid House.
Containing some original furnishings, the house is open by
Call for tours. Located in Wentworth, NC.
John Blue House and Cotton Gin
Maintained by the
Scotland County Historical Properties Commission, the site is
actually a complex of historic buildings which include the John
Blue House, a cotton gin, the Gibson General Store, some cabins
and the Cotton Blossom Railroad. An annual cotton festival
is celebrated every year. Located at 13040 X-Way
Road in Laurinburg, NC.
Columbia Theater Cultural Resources Center
Housed in the old 1938 Columbia Theater, exhibits
related to the cultural history of the Albemarle-Pamlico
peninsula. Particular attention is focused on the heritage
of farming, fishing and forestry and how it shaped the people of
this region. Located at 304 Main Street in Columbia, NC.
Columbia Walking Tour
North Carolina Estuarium
aquariums, terrariums, historic artifacts, a boardwalk where the
wetlands can be viewed and boat tours of the Pamlico-Tar
waterways. Located in Washington, NC.
Roanoke / Cashie River Center
Interpretation and cultural history of the
lower Roanoke River region through hands-on exhibits, a
boardwalk, and historical artifacts.
112 West Water Street
of the Waxhaws and
Andrew Jackson Memorial
An excellent museum chock full of exhibits
related to the history of the Waxhaw area. Restoration on
Secrest log cabin is underway. Located at 8215 Waxhaw
Highway (Hwy. 15 East) in Waxhaw, NC.
Downtown Raleigh Walking Tour
Historic Raleigh Trolley Tour
Hall House Museum and Gardens
Erected in 1799,
the large house was home to State Senator John Haywood and the
house remained in the Haywood family for over 175 years.
In 1877, the house was left to The National Society of Colonial
Dames of America in North Carolina. Today Haywood Hall has
been restored and is complete with period furnishings, paintings
and decorative arts. Haywood Hall is surrounded by
gardens containing rare and historical plants which are open
to the public year round. The museum itself is closed
during the winter for maintenance. Located at 211 New Bern
Place in Raleigh, NC.
Museum House [History]
Often called the "Birthplace of Raleigh", the
home was built in the 1760s by planter Joel Lane. Lane,
who became involved in politics, was directly involved in the
capital city decision making process. In 1792 one thousand
acres of his land was purchased to establish the city of Raleigh
as the new capital city of North Carolina. After passing
through many hands, the home is now operated by the National
Society of Colonial Dames of America as a museum. Located
at 728 W. Hargett
Street in Raleigh, NC.
Mordecai Historic Park [Photo
Once, one of the
largest plantations in Wake County, the Mordecai house was built
in 1785 by Joel Lane. The house was home to Moses Mordecai
who married into the Lane family. The house contains many
original furnishings and can be toured along with several other
historical buildings in the 5 acre park including an 1847
chapel, 1810 law office, the birthplace of Andrew Johnson and
others. Docent led tours are offered. Located at 1
Mimosa Street in Raleigh, NC.
North Carolina Museum of History
Founded in 1902,
the museum encourages the discovery of the rich heritage of
North Carolina. Located at 5 East Edenton Street in
Downtown Raleigh, NC.
North Carolina State Capitol [Virtual
The beautiful Greek Revival style building was
completed in 1840. Can be toured daily. Guided tours
are offered on weekends.
One East Edenton Street
Oak View [Photos]
Only four miles
east of downtown Raleigh, you can step back to the early times
of cotton plantations at Oak View. Built in the 1850s, the
Greek Revival style house reminds one of long ago yesterdays.
Located in Oak View county park at 4028 Carya Drive in Raleigh,
A 1756 gristmill is
situated inside Historic Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh.
Historic tours are offered along with corn grinding
demonstrations. Located at 4620 Lake Wheeler Road in
Raleigh, NC. Call (919) 856-6675 for tour information and
Buck Spring Plantation - Nathaniel Macon Homeplace
Replica of the home of statesman
217 Nathaniel Macon Dr.
Port O'Plymouth Museum [Photos] [History]
Housed in the 1923
railroad station on the Roanoke River, it focuses primarily on
the Civil War Battle of Plymouth which occurred in 1864.
Located at 302 E. Water Street in Plymouth, NC.
Roanoke River Lighthouse and Maritime Museum
Somerset Place - Antebellum Plantation
Appalachian Cultural Museum [Exhibits]
Charles B. Aycock Birthplace and Living History Museum
Wayne County Museum
Housed in the 1927
Goldsboro Woman's Club Jefferson style building, the museum
features artifacts and exhibits related to the rich heritage and
history of Wayne County, NC. Located at 116 North William
Street in Goldsboro, NC.
Mount Mitchell State Park
Mitchell State Park and the Black Mountains Photos]
Situated on the highest peak east of the
Mississippi River (6,684 feet), the park was established in 1915
and is known as the first state park of North Carolina.
Breath-taking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains abound from atop
this mountain which is part of the Black Mountains. There
is an exhibit hall where visitors can learn more about the
history of the mountain and view dioramas about animal life in
the park. Located at 2388 State Highway 128 in Burnsville,
Rush-Wray Museum of Yancey County History
Housed in the 1840s McElroy House where you can
learn about the history of the area and in particular the role
of this house in the Civil War. Located on the hill behind
Chamber of Commerce in Burnsville. 11 Academy Street,
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