Directory of Historical Sites

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Alamance Battleground

On this site in 1771, an armed rebellion of backcountry farmers, called Regulators, battled against royal governor William Tryon's militia. Visitors can tour the eighteenth-century Allen House and battlefield monuments.


America's past are written in the story of North Carolina's Albemarle Region. Visitors can learn of Sir Walter Raleigh's Lost Colony, tour splendid antebellum homes, or marvel at the beginning of modern powered flight.

Anson County

The Anson County Historical Society, Inc., was founded in 1962 by a group of Anson citizens interested in keeping Anson's history alive and in the forefront.

Asa Biggs House

The home of one of North Carolina's best known jurists and politicians, it has an interesting blend of Federal and Greek Revival details. Its awkward symmetry and rambling plan lend credence to local legend that Biggs added a room with the birth of each of his 10 children.

Attmore-Oliver House

This 1790 home, headquarters for the New Bern Historical Society, exhibits 18th- and 19th-century furniture, a unique doll collection, and New Bern historical objects, including Civil War artifacts.

Averasboro Battlefield & Museum

The Battle of Averasboro (also called Averysborough, Smith's Mill and Black River) was the first deliberate, tactical resistance to the infamous march of Federal forces through Georgia and the Carolinas. The battle was fought on the plantation lands of the John Smith family four miles south of the Cape Fear River village of Averasboro.

Aycock Birthplace

Charles B. Aycock was born into a simple, rural home in 1859. In 1900 he was elected governor and dedicated his life to improving public education in North Carolina.

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Barker House

The Barker House, was built in 1782 as the residence of Thomas & Penelope Barker. Penelope Barker was a principle figure in the famous Edenton Tea Party which occurred on October 25, 1774.


European settlement near the Pamlico River in the 1690s led to the creation of Bath, North Carolina's first town, in 1705. The town's location seemed ideal with easy access to the river and the Atlantic Ocean 50 miles away at Ocracoke Inlet.


Beaufort Carteret County and Coastal North Carolina area information including the Crystal Coast Morehead City and Beaufort Historic grounds.

Bennett Place

This simple farmhouse was situated between Confederate General Johnston's headquarters in Greensboro and Union General Sherman's headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 1865 the two soldiers met at the Bennett Place, where they signed surrender papers for Confederate armies.

Bentonville Battlefield

The Battle of Bentonville was the last full-scale action of the Civil War in which a Confederate army was able to mount a tactical offensive. This major battle, the largest ever fought in North Carolina, was the only significant attempt to defeat the large Union army of Gen. William T. Sherman.

Blandwood Mansion

Blandwood is the restored home of Governor John Motley Morehead and a National Historic Landmark. Designed by Alexander Jackson Davis and built in 1846, it is America's oldest Italianate villa.

Bost Grist Mill

Most people do not realize the historical significance of the picturesque little grist mill. These mills were some of the earliest economic indicators of a growing country, usually being built before schools and churches.

Brunswick / Fort Anderson

A major pre-Revolutionary port on North Carolina's Cape Fear River, Brunswick was razed by British troops in 1776 and never rebuilt. During the Civil War, Fort Anderson was constructed atop the old village site.

Buckner Hill Plantation

One of the largest antebellum plantation houses in North Carolina, recently restored Buckner Hill House, built in 1855, still surrounded by hundreds of acres of cotton corn tobacco and cattle, provides a rare view of original, mostly undisturbed Greek Revival plantation architecture.

Burgwin-Wright House

Using the old jail as the foundation, the Burgwin-Wright House was built in 1770 by John Burgwin, planter, merchant, and treasurer of the colony of Carolina.

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Carolina Inn

In addition to having a rich cultural history, The Carolina Inn is architecturally significant, blending elements of antebellum Carolina plantation houses with Georgian and neoclassical features often found in the Northeast.

Castle McCulloch

Located in the heart of North Carolina. This National and State Historic Site is a landmark to dreams becoming reality, creating lasting memories for all time. We invite you to take a tour of this magnificent property and learn of it's exciting history. Discover how you can visit us and plan your special occasion or event here on these historic grounds.


Historic has developed a Historic Walking Tour for Center City Charlotte. The map identifies 26 historic buildings within walking distance of Trade & Tryon Streets.


The Hornet's Nest is the symbol of Mecklenburg County. In 1780 the British army occupied and its environs. They called Mecklenburg County a Hornet's Nest of rebellion because of the opposition to British rule among the local Scots-Irish settlers.

Cherokee Indians

NC Experience No. 1 The Cherokee

CSS Neuse Ironclad Gunboat

A crew of volunteers are building (to actual size - 158') a replica of the Civil War Ironclad CSS Neuse. When complete, the CSS Neuse replica will be a valued educational tool and tourist attraction that will benefit the people of Kinston, Lenoir County and North Carolina, both historically and economically.

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Davis Plantation

Davis Plantation is a true southern home situated in southeast Halifax County, NC, a rural farming community. The center piece of the plantation is the John Bess Davis home.

Darshana Hall Plantation

Tour one of the Oldest and Largest Plantations in the Southern Piedmont of North Carolina. Now a private residence, Darshana Plantation was at one time the largest plantation in Iredell County. The main house was built in 1753 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Chambers House is also on the property and was built in 1818.

Duke Homestead

See the early home, factories, and farm where Washington Duke first grew and processed tobacco. Duke's sons later founded The American Tobacco Company, the largest tobacco company in the world.

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The home of James Iredell is located in Edenton, a town rich in architecture and history since pre-Revolutionary times. George Washington appointed Iredell to the first U.S. Supreme Court.

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First in Flight

Experience North Carolina

Fort Branch

While the Fort Branch site is privately owned, The Fort Branch Battlefield Commission, Inc. is a non-profit volunteer organization.

Fort Dobbs

Named for royal governor Arthur Dobbs, the fort was built during the French and Indian War to protect settlers. Archaeologists and historians conjecture that the fort was dismantled after pioneers pushed further westward.

Fort Dobbs - North Carolina's Frontier is Here

Situated in the Piedmont region of North Carolina near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the 1756 Fort Dobbs historic site holds secrets of the Carolina frontier and its settlers, the collision of French, English, Scotch-Irish, Native American and African American cultures and colonial military history.

Fort Fisher

Until the last few months of the Civil War, Fort Fisher kept North Carolina's port of Wilmington open to blockade-runners supplying necessary goods to Confederate armies inland.

Fort Fisher, NC

Until the last few months of the Civil War, Fort Fisher kept North Carolina's port of Wilmington open to blockade-runners supplying necessary goods to Confederate armies inland.

Fort Macon Ramparts

FORT MACON larges stately and weathered on an island at the lower end of the outer banks of North Carolina. It is one of the finest examples of the many coastal forts constructed along the Eastern Seaboard of the United States after the War of 1812.

Fort Raleigh

The first English attempts at colonization in the New World, 1585-1587, are commemorated here. These efforts, sponsored by Sir Walter Raleigh, ended with the disappearance of 116 men, women and children, including two that were born in the New World.

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Glencoe Mill Village

Glencoe Mill Village offers a unique glimpse of a 1880s cotton mill and village. The 105-acre site along the Haw River includes the mill complex, 32 houses, the mill store, office, lodge and other associated buildings.

Green River Plantation

Almost two centuries after its construction, the Green River Mansion has been restored and is open to the public by reservation.

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Harmony Hall

Harmony Hall is the only house of historical significance left largeing in Kinston, North Carolina. The site was built in 1772 by Jesse Cobb and his wife, Elizabeth Heritage Cobb. Take the Harmony Hall Virtual Tour.

Harmony Hall Plantation

Harmony Hall has a long and interesting history. It was about 1768 that Colonel James A. Richardson built his home on a 12,000 acre tract on the Cape Fear River near the village of White Oak.

Historic Burke Foundation

The restoration of the interior of the Old Burke County Courthouse and publication of the Historic Burke: An Architectural Sites Inventory of Burke County, and the restoration of the 1812 Charles McDowell, Jr., House at Quaker Meadows Plantation.

Historic Rural Hill Farm

Bring a friend and join in a leisurely walkabout of Historic Rural Hill Farm. First Footin' features many of the customary Scottish and Carolina rituals to assure good crops, good health and good fortune in the coming year.

History Place

The exhibits at the History Place capture the heritage of Carteret County. There are sections dedicated to farming, menhadden fishing, whaling, boat building, Civil War, canoe and kayak trails, dolls, weapons, and a large exhibit of rooms depicting life in the past in Carteret County.

Hope Plantation

Tour the authentically furnished c.1803 Hope Plantation, home of Governor David Stone, the 1763 King-Bazemore House, and the Samuel Cox House. Walk the plantation grounds and the Hope Forest nature trails.


The centerpiece of the plantation is the c.1803 Hope Mansion, Governor Stone's stunning example of an academic architectural combination of Federal and Georgian architecture. Restored and opened to the public.

Horne Creek Farm

This site is under development as a place to experience everyday farm life in North Carolina's northwestern Piedmont c.1900. Visitors can take part in daily activities and special events of bygone farm life, as well as see, smell, touch, and hear things once common in North Carolina.

House in the Horseshoe

In the summer and spring, bright flowers surround this white plantation house whose name comes from its location on a horseshoe bend in the Deep River. The house, c.1770, was owned by Philip Alston, whose band of whigs was attacked in 1781 by tories led by David Fanning.

Hugh Torance House

Hugh Torance began running a peddler business while in Rowan County, which he continued for a good part of his life. It is not known if he or the former owner, John McDowell, built the first log structure on the property but to this two room cabin Hugh Torance added a two story Federal addition.

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Johnson Farm

Johnson Farm

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Latimer House

The Lower Cape Fear Historical Society, housed in the Latimer House in the downtown historic district of Wilmington, North Carolina, is dedicated to preserving and spreading the rich heritage of North Carolina.

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Mendenhall Plantation

Mendenhall Plantation, an Historic 1811 Quaker Homeplace in Jamestown, NC including a restored old Medical School and an Old Wagon associated with the Underground Railroad movement.

Mill Prong House

Mill Prong has once again been returned to its former showplace status. The two story Federal House, retains the distinguished architectural quality which sets it above the other plantation seats in the portion of Robeson County that became Hoke County in 1911.

Moore History

For many years a cherished landmark and one of the earliest homes to be built in Moore County, the c.1821 Shaw House, stood at the crossing of two main roads, a welcome sight to tired travelers of old.

Moores Creek

King George and Broadswords! shouted loyalists as they charged across partially dismantled Moores Creek bridge on February 27, 1776. Just beyond the bridge nearly a thousand North Carolina patriots waited quietly with cannons and muskets poised to fire.

Murray House Inn

This large plantation home was built facing the old cart path between Kenansville and Warsaw in 1853 by Dr. Needham Whitfield Herring.

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NC Civil War

Formed in 1994, the North Carolina Civil War Council is a partnership of public and private organizations and individuals concerned with the preservation and welfare of North Carolina's Civil War era sites.

NC Outerbanks

NC's Outer Banks: A National Historical Treasure displays the historical landmarks of North Carolina's Outer Banks through original detailed photography, poetry, and rich historical text.

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Oconaluftee Indian Village

At the Oconaluftee Indian Village there is much to see: Over two centuries of tradition, living on through the modern-day Cherokee. Watch as ropes of clay are molded into pots and bowls, as a canoe is built with fire and ax. View corn grinding, and chipping flint into arrowheads.

Old Baldy

Built in 1817, Old Baldy is North Carolina's oldest largeing lighthouse. The historic structure dominates the landscape on Bald Head Island which is located at the confluence of the Cape Fear River, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean.

Old Mill of Guilford

The Old Mill of Guilford was founded in North Carolina on Beaver Creek in 1767 to grind grain for the early settlers of what is now Guilford County. Today, the mill continues to produce all-natural, stone-ground, whole grain foods, just as it has for over 250 years.

The Orton Gardens and Plantation

Wildlife and birdlife abound on the former rice plantation that prides itself on its enormous live oaks and overall landscaping. It's a fine, history rich garden of the South.

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Poplar Grove Plantation

Historic Poplar Grove Plantation - Photo tour of things to see and do at this well preserved plantation community near Wilmington, North Carolina.

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Reed Goldmine

Reed Gold Mine is the site of the first documented gold find in the United States. From this discovery, gold mining spread gradually to nearby counties and eventually into other states.

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St. Mary's Chapel

St. Mary's Chapel was constructed in 1892 on the campus of Thompson Orphanage by William Bynum in memory of his daughter. The Chapel served the Thompson Orphanage until the Orphanage was relocated in 1970.

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Tanneenbaum Park

Tannenbaum Historic Park tells the story of everyday life in the Backcountry of North Carolina before, during and after the Revolutionary War Battle of Guilford Courthouse.

Textile Heritage Center

An Initiative To Preserve Our Textile Heritage.

Thomas Day House

Thomas Day was born about 1801 in Virginia to a free black mother. To his fortunate birth (black children's legal status being defined by their mothers'), Day added initiative and artistic vision--and a bold determination to carve out a life little constrained by white supremacy.

Town Creek

For more than one thousand years, Indians lived an agricultural life on the lands that became known as North Carolina. Around A.D. 1200, a new cultural tradition arrived called Pee Dee by archaeologists, was part of a widespread tradition known as Appalachian Mississippian.


Please take a few moments to browse around and familiarize yourself with our organization. There is a wealth of information to be found here about TCHS and Transylvania County.

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Vance Birthplace

This pioneer farmstead, tucked in the Reems Creek Valley, features the birthplace of Zebulon Baird Vance. The five-room log house-- reconstructed around original chimneys--and its outbuildings are furnished to interpret the period from 1795 to 1840.

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Wright Brothers Memorial

Wright Brothers Memorial Pylon. The sunsets here are the prettiest I have ever seen. The clouds light up with all colors, in the background, with deep blue clouds of various shapes fringed with gold before.... Orville Wright

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Yadkin County

Yadkin County is situated in the beautiful Piedmont section of North Carolina, just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and near the Saurtown Mountains, of which Pilot Mountain is outlargeing.

YMI Cultural Center

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the YMI has served Asheville's minority citizens since it was first established in 1893 as the Young Men's Insitute.

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