North Carolina

www.visitnc.com

 

Ashville

Asheville CVB

www.exploreashville.com

800-257-1300, 828-258-6101, Fax: 828-254-6054, PO Box 1010, 28802

 

   ? Riverside Cemetery

    www.ci.asheville.nc.us/parks.htm

    828-258-8480, 53 Birch St.  Free

    Dating back to the early 1800s, this is the final resting place for many of Ashville's most famous sons and daughters.  Unusual monuments and mausoleums, massive oaks and pine trees in a park-like setting.

 

    Smith-McDowell House Museum

    www.wnchistory.org

    828-253-9231, 283 Victoria Rd. 

    Once the home of mayors, a Confederate major and friends of the Vanderbilts, this restored antebellum mansion is the oldest surviving house in Asheville.  The Museum festures history exhibits, period rooms decorated with furnishings from 1840-1900 and grounds designed by the renowned Olmsted Brothers.

 

Atlantic Beach

 

    Fort Mancon State Park

    www.clis.com/friends

    252-726-3775; E Fort Macon Rd.  Free

    Built between 1826-1834 to guard the entrance to Beaufort Harbor, this five-sided fort constructed of brick and stone was intermittently garrisoned before being seized by Confederate troops in 1861 at the outbreak of the Civil War.  During the Reconstruction Era, it was used as a prision.  Fort Macon was re-garrisoned in 1898 for the Spanish-American War and from 1941-1945 during WWII.  Civil War re-enactments occur during summer months.  Tours daily except Christmas day.  Swimming, fishing, a nature trail and picnicking.

 

Beaufort

 

    Beaufort Historic Site

    www.historicbeaufort.com

    800-575-7483, 252-728-5225; 100 Block, Turner St. $

    Preservation efforts have kept Old Beaufort much as it was when the town was incorporated in 1723.  Tour the historic district in a double-decker English bus and hear costumed guides tell of the past and its famous and infamous celebrities including pirates, sea captains, star-crossed lovers and Confederate spies.  Walk through historic homes, the old jail, the courthouse and the apothecary shop.  Join a tour of the Old Burying Ground.  The Old Beaufort Gift Shop extends its selection of books on local history, decoys by local carvers, fresh herbs, rugs woven by hand at the Historic Site and other items.

 

Burlington

Burlington-Alamance CO CVB

www.burlington-area-nc.org e-mail: Info@burlington-area-nc.org

336-570-1444, 800-637-3804, PO Drawer 519, 27216-0519

 

    Alamance CO Historical Museum

    336-226-8254, 4777 S NC 62.  Free

    19th Century house-museum depicting the life of textile pioneer Edwin Michael Holt through period room settings, docent-hosted tours and an audiovisiual presntation.  Upper floor devoted to rotationg and temporary exhibits such as Alamance CO quilts, Native American artifacts, traditional pottery, antique toys, 19th century military artifacts and much more.

 

Claremont

 

    Bunker Hill Covered Bridge NRHP

    828-465-0383, Hwy 70.

    One of only two remaining covered bridges in NC, the historic Bunker Hill Covered Bridge span's  Lyle's Creek.  Its 85-foot span was designed by well known civil war engineer Herman Haupt.

 

Clinton

Clinton-Sampson COC

910-592-6177, Fax: 910-592-5770; PO Box 467, 28329-0467.

 

   Sampson County History Museum

    910-590-0007, 313 Lisbon St.  Free

    Museum highlights include artifacts fro the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, WWI & II, the Vietnam and Gulf Wars.  African- and Native-American culture, agricultural implements, history of Sampson CO schools, historic exhibits of county store, doctor and dentist's offices and much more.

 

Dunn

Dunn Area TA

www.dunntourism.org e-mail: tourism@dunnchamber.com

910-892-3282, Fax: 910-892-4071; PO Box 310, 28335-0310.

 

    Averasboro Civil War Battlefield Museum & Chicora Cemetery

     E-mail: tourism@dunnchamber.com

    910-891-5019; I-95, Exit 71.  Free

    The Battle of Averasboro was the first deliberate, tactical resistance to the infamous march of federal forces through Georgia and the Carolinas.  Historic markers outline the events of the March of 1865 military action that highlighted Lebanon, a plantation home used as a Confederate Hospital and the Chicora Cemetery where the battle's dead are buried.

 

Durham

Durham CVB

www.durham-nc.com E-mail: tc@durham-cvb.com

800-446-8604, 919-687-0288; 101 E. Morgan St, 27701

 

    Bennett Place State Historic Site

    919-383-4345; 4409 Bennett Memorial Rd. Free

    The site where the Civil War ended in 1865, when Confederate Gen. Johnston surrendered to Union Gen. Sherman 17 days after Lee's surrender at Appomattox.  Reconstructed farm house, out-buildings, interpretive center and museum.

 

Four Oaks

 

    Bentonville Battleground State Historic Site

    www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/Sections/HS/Bentonvi/Bentonvi.htm    

    910-594-0789; 5466 Harper House Rd.  Free

    The Battle of Bentonville, March 19-21, 1865 was the largest Civil War battle fought on North Carolina soil and the last full-scale Confederate offensive against Gen. Sherman's march.  The Harper House on the site served as a Union field hospital during the battle where soldiers of both sides were treated.  The museum and visitor's center display many artifacts from the three-day battle.

 

Franklin

Franklin Area COC

www.franklin-chamber.com e-mail: facc@franklin-chamber.org

828-524-3161, 877-254-2583, Fax:828-369-7516; 425 Porter St. 28734.

 

    Macon County Historical Museum

    828-524-9758, 36 W Main St.  Free

    Displays on education, the Civil War, early medicine, textiles and photographs.  Reference library for genealogy research.

 

Gastonia

Gaston CO Dept. of Tourism

www.gastontourism.com E-mail: vriddle@co.gaston.nc.us

704-867-2170, 800-849-9994, Fax: 704-861-8302; PO Box 2668, 28053-2668

 

    American Military Museum

    704-864-0267, 704-866-6068; Memorial Hall, 115 W. Second Ave.  Free

    Operated by volunteers from Post 23 American Legion.  Collections include uniforms, weapons, scale models, flags, pictures and other memorabilia from all wars and services.

 

Goldsboro

Greater Goldsboro Travel and Tourism

www.greatergoldsboro.com E-mail: info@greatergoldsboro.com

919-734-2245, 866-440-2245, Fax: 919-734-2247; PO Box 1107, 27533

 

    Wayne CO Museum

    www.historicalwaynenc.com

    919-734-5023, 116 N William St.

    The museum, housed in the former Goldsboro Women's Club building, features rotating exhibits as well as a permanent Civil War exhibit featuring a Confederate camp scene and a diorama of the Battle of Goldsborough Bridge.

 

Greensboro

Greensboro Area CVB

www.greensboronc.org E-mail: gso@greensboronc.org

336-274-2282, 800-344-2282, Fax: 252-329-4205; PO Box 8027, 27401-2615

 

    Greensboro Historical Museum

    www.greensborohistory.org

    336-373-2043; 130 Summit Ave. Free

    Discover American History through the stories of Piedmont people and events in 12 galleries and two restored houses.  Learn about the 1960 Greensboro sit-ins that made a difference across the nation, Dolley Madison's lasting legacy as First Lady and the charming short stories written by O. Henry.  See the city through 20th-century photography, imagine travel in a Model T and marvel at furniture created by Piedmont craftsmen.  World-class collection of Civil War firearms, historic cemetery and old-fashioned general store.

 

Hamilton

Martin CO T&TA

www.visitmartincounty.com E-mail: tourism@visitmartincounty.com

800-776-8566, 252-792-6605, Fax: 252-792-8710; PO Box 382, Williamston, 27892-0382

 

    Fort Brach

    www.fortbranchcivilwarsite.com

    800-776-8566, 252-792-4902; Sr 1416, Fort Branch Rd. Free

    This well-preserved star-shaped Confederate earthen fort on Rainbow Banks overlooks the Roanoke River.  Annual battle re-enactment the first weekend in November.  Seven of the original cannons on display.

 

Haw River

 

    Haw River Historical Museum

    336-578-1646; 201 Main St.  Free

    Alamance CO and textile histories are reflected in a large collection of photographs from 1890-present, including a WWI &II exhibit, and a Civil War exhibit housing artifacts and photos.

 

Hillsboro

 

    Alexander Dickson House

    www.historichillsboro.org

    919-732-7741; 150 E. King St. Free

    Known as the Last Headquarters of the Confederacy, this c. 1790 Quaker-plan house was moved in 1983 to it's present site and has been restored as a visitor center.  An adjacent garden displays traditional 18th- & 19th-centuryplants used for cooking, medicine and dying cloth.

 

    Orange CO Historical Museum

    www.historicalhillsboro.org

    919-735-2201; 201 N Churton St.  Free

    Historical museum with collections covering pre-Colonial trough Revolutionary and Civil Wars to early 1900s.  Revolving special exhibits.  Also includes an art gallery that shows a different local artist each month.

 

Jamestown

 

    Mendenhall Plantation

    336-454-3819; 603 W Main St.

    This 19th-century Quaker homestead was involved in and  supported the abolitionist movement during the Civil War.  The plantation is home to one of only two remaining false-bottomed wagons used to help transport slaves to freedom.

 

Kinston

Kinston CVB

www.visitkinston.com E-mail: info@visitkinston.com

252-523-2500, 800-869-0032, Fax: 252-527-1914; 301 N Queen St, 28501.

 

    CSS Neuse State Historic Site & Governor Richard Caswell Museum

    www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/sections/neuse/neuse.htm 

    252-522-2091; 2612 W. Vernon Ave. (US 70 Bus.) Free

    The site of the CSS Neuse, one of three Civil War ironclads, and the Richard Caswell Memorial rests on the banks of the Neuse River and tells stories that span two American Wars.  There is also a visitor center and exhibits including a guided tour of the gunboat.  Caswell Memorial is a self-guided museum depicting the life and career of North Carolina's first elected governor.

 

Kittrell

Vance Co. Tourism

www.kerrlake-nc.com E-mail: vctourism@gloryroad.net

252-438-2222, Fax: 252-438-2544; 934K W. Andrews Ave., Henderson, 27536.

 

    Confederate Cemetery-St. James Church

    252-438-2222; I-85 Exit 217.

    Serves as a  resting place for 52 soliders from VA, GA, SC, and NC.  All soliders buried in the cemetery died at the Kittrell Springs Hotel.  Located next to the cemetery, St. James Episcopal Church (c. 1860), ministered to Confederate patients and provided Christian burial.

 

Kure Beach

 

    Fort Fisher State Historic Site

    www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/sections/hs/fisher/fisher.htm

    910-458-5538; 1610 Ft. Fisher Blvd S.  Free

    At the dawn of the Civil War, the Confederacy took control of a neck of land in southern North Carolina near the mouth of Cape Fear River and constructed what was to become the largest and one of the most important earthwork fortification in the South.  Approximately 10% of Fort Fisher remains, along with a restored  palisade fence.  The visitor center contains interpretive exhibits and an audiovisual presentation.  Among the displays are items recovered from sunken blockade-runners.  State Headquarters for the  underwater archaeology is also located here.

 

Morehead City

 

    The History Place

    www.rootsweb.com/~nccchs

    252-247-7533; 1008 Arendell St. 

    Opened in 2001, the History Place displays a wide varied collection reflecting the cultural history of North Carolina's coast from its indigenous Indians trough WWII.  The resurch library offers a broad Civil War collection and genealogy research materials.

 

Mount Olive

Mount Olive Area COC

www.ncpicklefest.org E-mail: moacc@coastalnet.com

919-658-3113, Fax: 919-658-3125; 123 N Center St, 28365-6502.

 

    Mount Olive Historic District NRHP

    www.moachamber.com

    123 N Center St.

    Mount Olive was formed as a village before the Civil War and was occupied by Union Soldiers in Foster's Raid on Dec 16, 1862.  Incorporated in 1879, the town is now home to the world-famous Mount Olive Pickle Festival.  The historic district features examples  of several architectural styles including Greek Revival, Queen Anne, Craftsman and Colonial Revival.

 

New Bern

New Bern/Craven CO CVB

www.visitnewbern.com 

252-637-9400, 800-437-5767, Fax: 252-637-1919; PO Box 1413, 28563-1413

 

    Attmore-Oliver House 

    http://www.newbern.com/attmore.htm 

   (252)638-8558;  513 Broad Street.

    This home (c.1790), headquarters for the New Bern Historical Society, exhibits 18th and 19th century furniture and New Bern historical objects, including Civil War artifacts, and a unique doll collection. Can be rented for special occasions and business meetings

 

    Croatan National Forest - 

   (252)638-5628; 141 E. Fisher Avenue.   

    This was one site of a battle that was fought in New Bern during the Civil War. Outdoor recreation opportunities include camping, picnicking, hiking, hunting and fishing.

 

Ocean Isle Beach

 

    Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium

    www.discoveryplace.org

    910-579-1016; 21 E. Second St.  $

    The area's premier museum of natural history features the coastal region of the Carolinas.  Vivid dioramas, native American artifacts, complete collection of seashells and fossils, maritime and Civil War artifacts, programs, lectures, special events, and sea turtle exhibit.

 

Pembroke

 

    "Strike at the Wind" Outdoor Drama

    910-521-2433; PO Box 2410.

    This drama recounts the tragic, romantic and sometimes humorous story of Robeson CO native Henry Berry Lowrie during the Civil War, as well as his struggles against the vengeful home-guard who executed his father and brother for a crime they did not commit.  Held at the Adolph Dial Amphitheatre.

 

Rocky Mount

Nash  CO T&T

www.rockymounttravel.com E-mail: mlamm@rockymountchamber.org

252-972-5080, 800-849-6825, Fax: 252-972-5090; 00 Coast Line St, PO Box 392, 27802-0392

 

    Battle Park

    Falls Rd. NC 43-48 Exit.  Free

    A scenic drive in Battle Park will take you through the area from which Rocky Mount got its name.  The park is the site of the original village of Rocky Mount and its first post office, c. 1816.  The park offers picnic facilities, scenic overlooks, walks along the Tar River and a marble monument to local Confederates who served in the Civil War.

 

Salisbury

Rowan CO CVB

www.visitsalisburync.com e-mail:visitorinfo@visitsalisburync.com

704-638-3100, 800-332-2343, Fax: 704-642-2011; O Box 4044, 28145-4044

 

    Salisbury National Cemetery and Confederate Prison Site

    www.visitsalisburync.com

    800-332-2343, 704-638-3100; The Gateway,  204 E. Innes St.

    This self-guided driving tour is a must for Civil War buffs.  Although nothing remains of the Salisbury Prison, the tour poignantly provides insights into this period of our history.  Three monuments erected by the State of Maine, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the US Government stand in Salisbury National Cemetery as a tribute to the 11,700 brave Union soldiers who died while in the prison.  Tape players and cassettes for the tour are loaned free of charge at the Visitor Information Center.

 

Weaverville

 

    Zebulon B. Vance Birthplace SHS

    www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/sections/hs/vance

    828-645-6706, 911 Reems Creek Rd.  Free

    Reconstructed birthplace of Zebulon B. Vance, Civil War Governer of North Carolina.

 

Winton

 

    Historic Winton

    PO Box 627, 27986.

    Inhabited by Meherrin Indians long before it was chartered as Hertford County's oldest town, Winton is situated on the banks of the Chowan River.  Burnt by Union Troops in 1862, Winton enjoyed a revival in the latter part of the 19th century.  Historic and cultural attractions include the Century Post Office Museum, the Old Church Cemetery, C.S. Brown Regional Cultural Arts Center and Museum, and the Colonial Kitchen Museum.