North Carolina Historic Sites

North Carolina Historic Sites

Learn about how your Tar Heel ancestors lived.

Charlotte Museum of History

3500 Shamrock Drive
Charlotte, NC 28215
(704) 568-1774

Mecklenburg County’s oldest existing home, the Revolutionary War-era abode of Hezekiah Alexander, is now a museum with nearly 15,000 artifacts.

CSS Neuse State Historic Site and Gov. Richard Caswell Memorial

2612 W. Vernon Ave.
Kinston, NC 28502
(252) 522-2091


View the remnants ofthe Confederate ironclad CSS Neuse and a museum depicting the life and career of North Carolina’s first elected governor.

Duke Homestead State Historic Site and Tobacco Museum

2828 Duke Homestead Road
Durham, NC 27705
919) 477-5498

See living history demonstrations of life on a typical 1800s yeoman farm at this national historic landmark, featuring the Duke family’s mid-1800s home, tobacco barns and factory.

Fort Fisher State Historic Site

1610 Fort Fisher Blvd. S.
Kure Beach, NC 28449
(910) 458-5538


The scene of the Civil War’s two largest naval bombardments and most ambitious amphibious assault, the “Last Major Stronghold of the Confederacy” is today the state’s most-visited historic site.

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

1401 National Park Drive
Manteo, NC 27954
(252) 473-5772


Sir Walter Raleigh’s explorers and colonists established settlements in this area in 1585 and 1587. The site hosts the outdoor drama “The Lost Colony” and is home to Elizabethan gardens. Nearby Roanoke Island Festival Park (252-475-1500, <>) offers more history.

Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

2332 New Garden Road
Greensboro, NC 27410
(336) 288-1776


Honoring the site of the March 15, 1781, Revolutionary War battle, the park consists of 28 monuments and a visitor center on 200 acres, with paved walking trails.

Historic Rosedale Plantation

3427 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 335-0325


Once a 911-acre plantation, Rosedale includes the 1815 manor house, plus eight acres of grounds and gardens.

North Carolina Museum of History

5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 807-7900


Changing exhibits trace the state’s history from earliest Colonial times and its Cherokee people to today.

Tryon Palace Historic Site and Gardens

610 Pollock St. New Bern, NC 28560 (252) 514-4900


Tour 13 period gardens and three historic homes on the site of Colonial and state governor William Tryon’s 18th-century residence.

Wright Brothers National Memorial

800 Colington Road Highway 158, Milepost 7-5 Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948 (252) 441-7430


The Wright brothers made the world’s first controlled powered flights here Dec. 17, 1903. See reproductions of their 1903 airplane, 1902 glider, living quarters and hangar.

Visitor Information

Explore North Carolina

4301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699
(800) 847-4862


From the May 2008 Family Tree Magazine

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