• Charlotte Museum of History
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
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
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
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
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, <www.roanokeisland.com>) offers more history.
• Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
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
Once a 911-acre plantation, Rosedale includes the 1815 manor house, plus eight acres of grounds and gardens.
• North Carolina Museum of History
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
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