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Historic House Museums in North Carolina

We try to keep this list of historic house museums for North Carolina current, but it is best to check directly with the museums for their hours and other information. If you know of a historic house museum in North Carolina that should be listed here, please use our submission form to let us know about it.

Asheville

Biltmore

Biltmore

1 Lodge Street
Asheville, NC  28803
Phone: (828) 225-1333 • Toll Free: (800) 411-3812

Year Built: 1889
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

A working estate that would sustain itself and benefit the community. America's largest home. Acres of gardens, parklands, and managed forests. A country retreat for friends and family. This was George Vanderbilt's vision for Biltmore Estate more than 100 years ago, and it lives to this day.

Smith-McDowell House Museum

Smith-McDowell House Museum

283 Victoria Road
Asheville, NC  28801
Phone: (828) 253-9231

Year Built: 1840
Admission Price: Adults $8, Students $5, Children $4
Hours: 10am-4pm Wed-Sat, 12-4pm Sun

Built by one of antebellum North Carolina's most influential citizens, the Smith-McDowell House was once the home of mayors, a Civil War major, and friends of the Vanderbilts. Rescued from destruction, Asheville's oldest surviving dwelling is now a National Register property and a window into how life was lived here in the 19th century.

The Thomas Wolfe Memorial

The Thomas Wolfe Memorial

52 N. Market St.
Asheville, NC  28801
Phone: (828) 253-8304

Year Built: 1883
Admission Price: Adults $5, Children $2.50
Hours: 9am-5pm Tue-Sat

The sprawling frame of the Queen Anne-influenced house was originally only six or seven rooms with a front and rear porch when it was constructed in 1883 by prosperous Asheville banker, Erwin E. Sluder. By 1889, massive additions had more than doubled the original structure, but the architecture changed little over the next 27 years.

Burlington

Alamance County Historical Museum

Alamance County Historical Museum

4777 NC Highway 62 South
Burlington, NC  27215
Phone: (336) 226-8254

Year Built: 1790
Admission Price: Free
Hours: 9am-4pm Tue-Fri, 10:30am-4pm Sat, 1-4pm Sun

Enjoy the gracious American country home built by Michael Holt III in 1790, enlarged in 1800, and again in 1875 by his grandson L. Banks Holt. This comfortable setting, with many original furnishings, provides a relaxed atmosphere enjoyed by hundreds of visitors each year.

Charlotte

Charlotte Museum of History

Charlotte Museum of History

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

Year Built: 1774
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: Adults $7, Students/Seniors $5

The house on the grounds of the Charlotte Museum of History is the Revolutionary Era home of Hezekiah Alexander. Built in 1774, it is the oldest surviving structure in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Historic Rosedale Plantation

Historic Rosedale Plantation

3427 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC  28206
Phone: (704) 335-0325

Year Built: 1815
Admission Price: Adults $10, Children/Seniors $8
Hours: Tours at 1:30 & 3pm, Thu-Sun

Rosedale was built in 1815 by Archibald Frew, a merchant, postmaster and tax collector. The home was locally known as “Frew’s Folly" because he spared no expense constructing the plantation that became a jewel of the Carolinas. The extravagant 4600 square foot home once sat on 919 acres. Historic Rosedale Plantation is now the glistening focal point of the plantation’s remaining 8.5 acres.

Corolla

The Whalehead Club

The Whalehead Club

1100 Club Road
Corolla, NC  27927
Phone: (252) 453-9040

Year Built: 1925
Admission Price: $9.00
Hours: 9am - 5pm Monday through Saturday

Built by Edward Collings Knight Jr. and his wife Marie Louise LeBel in the 1920s, this 5 floor 21,000sf residence has been restored and is open for tours year round. The residence is a remarkable example of Art Nouveau and Arts & Crafts architecture and decor. The residence, boathouse and arched bridge are located inside Currituck Heritage Park, in the heart of Historic Corolla, NC, All three structures are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Durham

Bennett Place

Bennett Place

4409 Bennett Memorial Rd.
Durham, NC  27705
Phone: (919) 383-4345

Year Built: 1789
Admission Price: Free
Hours: 9am-5pm Tue-Sat

This simple farmhouse was situated between Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's headquarters in Greensboro, and Union Gen. William T. Sherman's headquarters in Raleigh. In April 1865, the two commanders met at the Bennett Place, where they signed surrender papers for Southern armies in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. It was the largest troop surrender of the American Civil War.

Duke Homestead

Duke Homestead

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

Year Built: 1852
Admission Price: Free
Hours: 9am-5pm Tue-Sat

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. The tour includes Duke's restored home, an early factory, a curing barn, and a packhouse. The Tobacco Museum exhibits trace the history of tobacco from Native American times to the present.

Edenton

The Barker House

The Barker House

505 S. Broad St.
Edenton, NC  27932
Phone: (252) 482-7800

Year Built: 1782
Admission Price: Call for info
Hours: 10am-4pm Mon-Sat, 1-4pm Sun

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.

Greensboro

Blandwood

Blandwood

447 West Washington Street
Greensboro, NC  27405
Phone: (336) 272-5003

Year Built: 1844
Admission Price: Adults $8, Seniors $7, Children $5
Hours: 11am-4pm Tue-Sat, 2-5pm Sun

Constructed by Charles Bland on the crest of a hill on his wooded farm, the earliest portions of the Blandwood were completed in 1795. The simple two-story farmhouse was later purchased by Governor Morehead, and subsequently expanded according to plans drawn by nationally renowned architect Alexander Jackson Davis of New York. Davis designed additions in the Italianate style villa that featured a central tower, stucco walls, and symmetrical flanking dependencies. Completed in 1846, it is considered the oldest standing example of Italianate architecture in the United States.

Hickory

Harper House/Hickory History Center

Harper House/Hickory History Center

310 North Center Street
Hickory, NC  28601
Phone: (828) 324-7294

Year Built: 1887
Admission Price: $5
Hours: Thurs.-Sat.10-5, Sun. 1-5

The Harper House, built in 1887, is a Queen Anne Victorian Mansion that has been meticulously restored and furnished. The North Carolina Department of Archives states that the Harper House has the "finest Queen Anne interior styling in the entire state." The home now serves as a historic house museum and is open for tours. Also on the property is the Lyerly House, a 1912 Craftsman style home, which houses changing exhibits on local history. The Lyerly House and the grounds of both properties are available to rent for weddings, showers, parties, and other events.

Hillsborough

The Burwell School Historic Site

The Burwell School Historic Site

319 N. Churton St.
P.O. Box 922
Hillsborough, NC  27278
Phone: (919) 732-7451

Year Built: 1821
Admission Price: Free
Hours: Wed.-Sat 11am-4pm; Sun. 1-4pm

The Burwell School was the site of one of the first all-female academies in the south. Operated between 1837-1857 by the Rev. Robert and Margaret Anna Burwell, over 200 young women (ages 8-18) received their formal educations here. This was also the home of famous African-American enslaved woman, Elizabeth Keckly. Keckly is notable for purchasing her freedom and moving to Washington D.C., becoming the seamstress and personal confidante of First Lady, Mary Todd Lincoln.

Huntersville

Latta Plantation

Latta Plantation

5225 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
Phone: (704) 875-2312

Year Built: 1800
Admission Price: Adults $7, Seniors/Students $6
Hours: See their website

In 1799, James Latta purchased Moses Hayes' 100 acres containing a log cabin. In 1800, he built the Federal style home that is now known as Latta Plantation. Latta made additional purchases of adjoining lands in 1800, 1813, 1816, and 1817, eventually owning more than 700 acres, much of which was planted in cotton.

Kernersville

Körner’s Folly

Körner’s Folly

413 South Main St.
Kernersville, NC  27284
Phone: (336) 996-7922

Year Built: 1878
Admission Price: Adults $10, Children $6
Hours: 10am-4pm Thu-Sat, 1-4pm Sun

Körner’s Folly is the architectural wonder and home of artist and designer Jule Gilmer Körner. Built in 1880 in Kernersville, North Carolina, the house originally served to display his interior design portfolio. Visitors can now explore the 22 room house museum and its unique original furnishings and artwork, cast-plaster details, carved woodwork, and elaborate hand laid tile.

Pollocksville

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The Foscue Plantation

7509 US Hwy 17
Pollocksville, NC  28573
Phone: (252) 224-1803

Year Built: 1824
Admission Price: $10
Hours: 10am-4pm Thu and by appt.

Located just 10 miles south of New Bern, the Foscue Plantation stands tall as a majestic reminder of a period in time more than 200 years ago. Built in 1824 by Simon Foscue, Jr., the plantation house has been in the family for eight generations. During the War Between the States, after the Battle of New Bern, Caroline Foscue, widow of John Edward Foscue, fled to Thomasville and Goldsboro with her two daughters while her son and brother fought for the Confederate Army around Richmond and Petersburg, VA. The Foscue Plantation House was occupied periodically by Union troops due to it’s strategic location between New Bern, which was Union occupied, and Kinston, which was Confederate occupied. Today, the house has been meticulously restored to it’s original construction in high-style antebellum décor that showcases a number of original furnishings.

Raleigh

Pope House Museum

Pope House Museum

511 S. Wilmington St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
Phone: (919) 833-4633

Year Built: 1901
Admission Price: Call for info
Hours: Tours at 10am, 11am, noon, 1pm & 2pm Sat

Built in 1901 by Dr. M.T. Pope, an important African American citizen of Raleigh, North Carolina. The Pope House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Salisbury

Dr. Josephus Hall House

Dr. Josephus Hall House

226 S Jackson St
Salisbury, NC 
Phone: (704) 636-0103

Year Built: 1820
Admission Price: Adults $3, Children $1
Hours: 1-4pm Sat-Sun, May thru Oct

ndividually listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this handsome house was built as a school in 1820. It became a residence in 1825 when local businessman Maxwell Chambers and his half-sister Rebecca Troy purchased the house and made it their home. Successful medical doctor and businessman, Josephus Hall purchased the house in 1859 and began work to make it the showplace it is today. This house remained a home to three generations of the Hall family. Historic Salisbury Foundation purchased the house and furnishings from Dr. Hall's great granddaughter.

Wilmington

The Bellamy Mansion

The Bellamy Mansion

503 Market Street
Wilmington, NC  28401
Phone: (910) 251-3700 • Toll Free: (910) 251-3700

Year Built: 1861
Admission Price: Adults $10, Seniors $9, Child $4
Hours: 10am - 5pm Tues-Sat, 1pm-5pm Sun

The Bellamy Mansion is one of North Carolina's most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture built on the eve of the Civil War by free and enslaved black artisans, for John Dillard Bellamy (1817-1896) physician, planter and business leader; and his wife, Eliza McIlhenny Harriss (1821-1907) and their nine children. After the fall of Fort Fisher in 1865, Federal troops commandeered the house as their headquarters during the occupation of Wilmington. Now the house is a museum that focuses on history and the design arts and offers tours, changing exhibitions and an informative look at historic preservation in action.

Windsor

Historic Hope Plantation

Historic Hope Plantation

132 Hope House Road
Windsor, NC  27983
Phone: (252) 794-3140

Year Built: 1803
Admission Price: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Students $5
Hours: See their website

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 since 1972, the mansion is meticulously furnished with an extensive collection of original period pieces. The 1763 King-Bazemore House represents a fine example of vernacular architecture. It is one of the few remaining examples in North Carolina of mid-eighteenth century “hall and parlor” design. The home has been restored and furnished based on the 1778 inventory of owner, William King.

Winston-Salem

Reynolda House

Reynolda House

2250 Reynolda Road
Winston-Salem, NC  27106
Phone: (336) 758-5150 • Toll Free: (888) 663-1149

Year Built: 1917
Admission Price: Adults $14
Hours: 9:30-4:30 Tue-Sat, 1:30-4:30pm Sun

Discover Reynolda House, a National Historic Property and the centerpiece of the Reynolda Mile cultural corridor in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Explore the restored 1917 mansion of Katharine and R.J. Reynolds showcasing treasures of American art in both the historic house and new exhibition wing. Stroll landscaped grounds, formal and informal gardens, and wooded walking trails.

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art

750 Marguerite Drive
Winston-Salem, NC  27106
Phone: (336) 725-1904

Year Built: 1929
Admission Price: Free
Hours: M:Closed, T,W,F:10am-5pm, Th:10am-8pm, Sat:10am-5pm, Sun:1pm-5pm

SECCA opened in 1956 as a non-profit visual arts organization in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in response to a community and regional need for exhibition space devoted to work by area artists. By 1972, when industrialist James G. Hanes willed his 32-acre estate to the gallery, its scope included all 11 southeastern states. Renovation of Hanes’ 1929 English Hunt-Style mansion, as well as the construction of an 8,896 square foot gallery addition and receiving area, was completed in 1976.

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