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North Carolina Historic Sites, a group of 27 unique state historic sites, invites you to open doors into the past and more fully understand the world we live in today. Whether you live in North Carolina or are just visiting, our sites will pique the imagination, stir the mind, and lift the spirit.

Our Historic Sites


Alamance Battleground

Burlington, N.C.

Here in 1771, an armed rebellion of backcountry farmers called Regulators battled with royal governor William Tryon's militia. Visit Alamance Battleground

Aycock Birthplace

Fremont, N.C.

Charles B. Aycock was elected governor in 1900. He dedicated himself to improving public education in North Carolina. Visit Aycock Birthplace

Historic Bath

Bath, N.C.

European settlement near the Pamlico River in the 1690s led to the founding of Bath, North Carolina's first town, in 1705. Visit Historic Bath

Bennett Place

Durham, N.C.

This simple farmhouse was the site of the largest troop surrender of the American Civil War. Visit Bennett Place

Bentonville Battlefield

Four Oaks, N.C.

The largest Civil War battle fought in North Carolina was the only significant attempt to defeat Gen. William T. Sherman during his march through the Carolinas. Visit Bentonville Battlefield

Brunswick Town/Ft. Anderson

Winnabow, N.C.

A major pre-Revolutionary port, Brunswick was razed by British troops in 1776. Fort Anderson was constructed atop the old village site. Visit Brunswick Town/Ft. Anderson

Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum

Sedalia, N.C.

Explore African American history, women's history, social history, education, and the contributions African Americans have made in North Carolina. Visit the Museum

CSS Neuse/Governor Caswell Memorial

Kinston, N.C.

Glimpses into two of our nation's most pivotal wars can be found in one historic site within the city of Kinston. Visit the CSS Neuse/Governor Caswell Memorial

Duke Homestead

Durham, N.C.

See the early home, factories, and farm where Washington Duke first grew and processed tobacco. Visit Duke Homestead

Historic Edenton

Edenton, N.C.

The state's first colonial capital was incorporated in 1722. Edenton features an extensive historic district with architectural styles spanning 250 years. Visit Historic Edenton

Ft. Dobbs

Statesville, N.C.

Ft. Dobbs is the only North Carolina state historic site associated with the French and Indian War and the only one located along the official colonial frontier. Visit Ft. Dobbs

Ft. Fisher

Kure Beach, N.C.

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

Historic Halifax

Halifax, N.C.

On April 12, 1776, North Carolina's Fourth Provincial Congress unanimously adopted the "Halifax Resolves," the first official action by an entire colony recommending independence from England. Visit Historic Halifax

Horne Creek Living Historical Farm

Pinnacle, N.C.

Programs ranging from old fashioned ice cream socials to an annual corn shucking frolic provide unique opportunities to learn about our rural past. Visit Horne Creek Living Historical Farm

House in the Horseshoe

Sanford, N.C.

The house was owned by Philip Alston, whose band of colonists was attacked here in 1781 during the American Revolution by British loyalists. Visit House in the Horseshoe

N.C. Transportation Museum

Spencer, N.C.

Musuem visitors can see an authentic train depot, antique automobiles, and a roundhouse with 25 locomotives. Visit the Transportation Museum

Battleship USS North Carolina

Wilmington, N.C.

The Battleship North Carolina beckons visitors to walk her decks and envision daily life as well as fierce combat that her crew faced during World War II. Visit the USS North Carolina

President James K. Polk

Pineville, N.C.

This site is located on land once owned by the parents of James K. Polk, the 11th U.S. president. The site commemorates significant events in the Polk administration. Visit President James K. Polk

Reed Gold Mine

Midland, N.C.

Reed Gold Mine is the site of the first documented gold find in the United States. The estimated value of gold recovered reached over one million dollars a year. Visit Reed Gold Mine

Roanoke Island Festival Park

Manteo, N.C.

Roanoke Island Festival Park is a 27-acre state historic site and cultural center celebrating history, education, and the arts. Visit Roanoke Island Festival Park

Somerset Place

Creswell, N.C.

Somerset Place offers a comprehensive and realistic view of 19th-century life on a large North Carolina plantation. Visit Somerset Place

Historic Stagville

Durham, N.C.

On this land stand the late 18th-century Bennehan House, four rare slave houses, a pre-Revolutionary War farmer's house, a huge timber framed barn, and the Bennehan Family cemetery. Visit Historic Stagville

State Capitol

Raleigh, N.C.

The North Carolina State Capitol, completed in 1840, is one of the finest and best-preserved examples of a major civic building in the Greek Revival style of architecture. Visit the State Capitol

Town Creek Indian Mound

Mt. Gilead, N.C.

Town Creek, situated on Little River, has been the focus of a consistent program of archaeology for more than half a century. Visit Town Creek Indian Mound

Tryon Palace

New Bern, N.C.

Meticulously reconstructed in the 1950's, the original Tryon Palace was built between 1767 and 1770 for colonial Governor Tryon as the first permanent capitol of North Carolina. Visit Tryon Palace

Vance Birthplace

Weaverville, N.C.

This pioneer farmstead features the birthplace of Zebulon Baird Vance – Civil War officer, North Carolina governor, and U.S. senator. Visit Vance Birthplace

Thomas Wolfe Memorial

Asheville, N.C.

Thomas Wolfe left an indelible mark on American letters. His mother's boardinghouse in Asheville, North Carolina has become one of literature's most famous landmarks. Visit Wolfe Memorial


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