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Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design Arts
The Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design Arts, a stewardship property of Preservation North Carolina, interprets the architecture of the Bellamy Mansion and its urban slave quarters. The home is also used for rotating exhibits on architectural preservation and history and a variety of educational programs.

Location:
503 Market Street
Wilmington NC 28401
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Mailing Address
PO Box 1176
Wilmington NC 28402


Phone: (910) 251-3700
Fax: (910) 763-8154
Contact: Gareth Evans

Boyette Slave House and Schoolhouse
An 1830s structure originally built as a dwelling for slaves. Constructed as a one-room pine house with dovetail notches and pegs. Features an unusual chimney made of heart-pine sticks and daubed with clay-based mortar. It is the only mud and stick chimney known to be intact in North Carolina. Privately owned but interpretive information for this African American site is provided by the Tobacco Farm Life Museum.

Location:
2331 Glendale Road
Kenly NC 27542
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Mailing Address
2331 Glendale Road
Kenly NC 27542


Phone: (919) 284-2911
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Contact: Donnell Stancil

Historic Hillsborough Commission
Burwell School Historic Site

The Burwell School Historic Site rests on two acres in Hillsborough's historic district. Three original structures - the Burwell residence, the original brick school house and music building, and the brick "necessary" - comprise what remains of the Rev. and Mrs. Burwell's Female School, a boarding and day academy which operated 1837 to 1857. The house includes furnishings and exhibits from the Burwell's occupancy. A formal garden includes the rare Musk Rose, associated with the Burwells family. Interpretation focuses on the Burwell family, the students' educational experiences in antebellum Hillsborough, and the life of Elizabeth Keckley, a Burwell slave who later became a successful dressmaker and confidante to Mary Todd Lincoln.

Location:
319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough NC 27278
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Mailing Address
PO Box 922
Hillsborough NC 27278


Phone: (919) 732-7451
Fax: (919) 644-7577
Contact: Rebecca Ryan

Camden County Jail Museum
The Camden County Jail Museum preserves the restored 1910 Camden County jail and exhibits artifacts, photographs, and manuscripts documenting Camden County's unique history and cultural heritage. Exhibits cover a variety of diverse topics including the logging industry in the area, the creation of the Dismal Swamp Canal, local prominent citizens of the past, family history, the Civil War, slavery, and women's history. The history of the jail building and law enforcement are also creatively interpreted.

Location:
117 North Highway 343 Camden County Courthouse
Camden NC 27921
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Mailing Address
Camden County Courthouse 117 North Highway 343
Camden NC 27921


Phone: (252) 336-5561
Fax:
Contact: Alex Leary

Guilford College
Friends Historical Collection

The Friends Historical Collection, located in Hege Library, is the center for the study of Quaker history in the Southeast, with particular emphasis on North Carolina. The collection is open to Guilford students and faculty, Friends, visiting scholars, and genealogical researchers. The collection includes the written records of Carolina Friends from 1680 to the present, printed and microfilmed copies of other Friends records, personal and family papers, the college archives, printed materials by and about Friends worldwide, and sources for the study of Quaker family history. The collection also embraces material expression of Quaker culture in the Southeast, including furniture, ceramics, textiles, paintings, tools, metalwork, photography, architecture, and clothing.

Location:
5800 West Friendly Avenue
Greensboro NC 27410
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Mailing Address
Friends Historical Collection, Hege Library 5800 West Friendly Avenue
Greensboro NC 27410


Phone: (336) 316-2264
Fax: (336) 316-2950

Historic Halifax State Historic Site
In the spring of 1776, North Carolina's Fourth Provincial Congress met in Halifax and unanimously adopted a document called the "Halifax Resolves", the first official action by an entire colony recommending independence from England. Historic Halifax, one of North Carolina's State Historic Sites, interprets the first eighty-five years of the town of Halifax. The Historic Halifax Visitor Center has an audio visual presentation as well as restored furnished buildings on the grounds of the site, including the Owens House, home of a Halifax merchant c. 1760; Taverns - Eagle Tavern and the Tap Room Tavern c. 1760-1790; The Federal Style Sally Billy Plantation House, c. 1808; Burgess Law Office c. 1808; the 1832 County Clerk's Office; and the 1838 Jail, complete with jail cells. There is also the Montfort Archaeological Exhibit, a building constructed over the excavation of Joseph Montfort's house, containing walkways over the excavated foundation and exhibits which educate visitors about historic archaeology. The William R. Davie House, home of a former NC Governor, is the next house scheduled for restoration.

Location:
25 St. Davids Street
Halifax NC 27870
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Mailing Address
PO Box 406
Halifax NC 27839


Phone: (252) 583-7191
Fax: (252) 583-9421
Contact: Monica Moody

Historic Rosedale Plantation
Historic Rosedale Plantation is dedicated to preserving and promoting the heritage of the Southern Piedmont through the preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of the architecture, decorative arts and lifestyle of the 19th century Catawba region. Rosedale, an example of Federal period architecture, was built in 1815 by Charlotte merchant Archibald Frew and occupied in the 1830s by D.T. Caldwell and his family. In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Caldwell ran the plantation with the support of 20 slaves. Features of the historic house include faux-grained woodwork, hand-carved wooden moldings, and French wallpaper that survives in three rooms.

Location:
3427 North Tryon Street
Charlotte NC 28206
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Mailing Address
3427 North Tryon Street
Charlotte NC 28206


Phone: (704) 335-0325
Fax: (704) 335-0384
Contact: Deborah Hunter

Historic Stagville State Historic Site
Historic Stagville comprises the remnants of one of the largest plantations of the pre-Civil War South. The plantation belonged to the Bennehan-Cameron family, whose combined holdings totaled approximately 900 slaves and almost 30,000 acres by 1860. Today, Stagville consists of 71 acres, on three tracts. 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 built by skilled slave craftsmen; and the Bennehan Family cemetery.

Location:
5828 Old Oxford Highway
Durham NC 27712
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Mailing Address
5828 Old Oxford Highway
Durham NC 27712


Phone: (919) 620-0120
Fax: (919) 620-0422
Contact: Frachele Scott

Outer Banks Conservationists, Inc.
Island Farm

A living history site, Island Farm interprets daily life on Roanoke Island in the mid-1800s. The centerpiece is the Etheridge farmstead, where Adam Etheridge built a house on land that had been farmed by his family since 1757. It is the oldest period restoration of a house on Roanoke Island, and includes 19th-century furnishings, some original to the house. Visitors can explore nearly a dozen buildings, interact with interpreters dressed in period attire, and visit the farm's animals to learn more about their contributions to the historic farm. Exhibit panels in the Vistor Center help put daily life on the farm into historical context, with information on island culture, fishing, farming, windmills, slavery and other topics. The mission of Island Farm is to inspire curiosity about the diverse history of mid-19th century Roanoke Island by creating authentic, tangible, and meaningful visitor experiences with the farm's buildings, landscapes, stories, and animals.

Location:
1140 US Highway 64
NC 27954
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Mailing Address
PO Box 970
Manteo NC 27954


Phone: (252) 473-6500
Fax: (252) 473-3282

North Carolina Central University
James E. Shepard Memorial Library Special Collections

The Treasure Room is located on the 1st floor of the James E. Shepard Memorial Library. The collection includes numerous works that were written during the Antebellum Period of American history. Many of the works are of a narrative perspective and are ideal for use as primary sources. Other items in the Collection include anti-slavery pamphlets, nineteenth century newspapers, first editions of novels written by acclaimed authors, such as William Wells Brown, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Phyllis Wheatley, Charles W. Chestnutt, W.E.B. DuBois, and Countee Cullen, just to name a few. In addition, representative works of many southern writers of the last century are also among the publications that comprise this valuable collection. The University Archives contains a selection of materials documenting the history of North Carolina Central University.

Location:
James E. Shepard Memorial Library 1801 Fayetteville Street
Durham NC 27707
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Mailing Address
1801 Fayettville Street
Durham NC 27707


Phone: (919) 530-6473
Fax: (919) 530-7612

Johnston County Heritage Center
The Heritage Center preserves the history and material culture of Johnston County for the educational benefit of its citizens and visitors; and it promotes the understanding of and appreciation for its past through interpretive exhibits, programs, and publications. All materials are non-circulating and not available for interlibrary loan.

Location:
241 East Market Street
Smithfield NC 27577
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Mailing Address
PO Box 2709
Smithfield NC 27577


Phone: (919) 934-2836
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Historic Jamestown Society
Mendenhall Plantation

The Historic Jamestown Society investigates, preserves, and makes available the history of Jamestown, its environs, and its people. Towards that end, this society preserves and maintains and opens to the public the Mendenhall Plantation, an 1811 Quaker home and farm. At the Mendenhall Plantation, visitors each year enter "The Other South" of 19th century dissenters, and learn of their anti-slavery and pacifist views, their respect for education, honesty, equality, and self-reliance.

Location:
603 West Main Street
Jamestown NC 27282
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Mailing Address
PO Box 512
Jamestown NC 27282


Phone: (336) 454-3819
Fax:
Contact: Rebecca Lasley

Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex
Two floors of exhibits showcase the history of the twenty counties of southeastern North Carolina at the Museum of the Cape Fear. Exhibits include information and artifacts relating to American Indians, European settlement, African American slavery, plank roads, steam boating, industry, the Civil War, and much more. A changing exhibit gallery focuses on topics of special interest. The 1897 Poe House and Arsenal Park are also part of the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex. The Poe House is interpreted as it was in the late 1800s when the Poe family resided there. Arsenal Park is the site of the United States Arsenal in North Carolina. Commissioned in 1836, it was used by the Federal government to store arms and manufacture a variety of ordnance goods. It was used by the Confederacy during the Civil War and destroyed in 1865 by command of Union General William T. Sherman.

Location:
801 Arsenal Avenue
Fayetteville NC 28305
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Mailing Address
PO Box 53693
Fayetteville NC 28303


Phone: (910) 486-1330
Fax: (910) 486-1585
Contact: David Reid

Salem Academy and College
Special Collections and Rare Books

The Clarence E. Clewell Rare Books Room houses special collections of Johnson and Boswell first editions, Southern women writers, Hogarth Press volumes, and primary materials relating to the American slavery debate.

Location:
Gramley Library 626 South Church Street
Winston-Salem NC 27101
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Mailing Address
Gramley Library PO Box 10548
Winston-Salem NC 27108


Phone: (336) 917-5421
Fax: (336) 917-5339

Somerset Place State Historic Site
Somerset Place is a representative antebellum plantation dating from 1785. Beginning in 1829, this was home to two generations of the Collins family-Josiah Collins III, his wife Mary, and their six sons. It was also home to more than three hundred enslaved men, women, and children of African descent whose lives and work are interpreted here as well. Somerset Place offers an insightful view of plantation life during the antebellum period.

Location:
2572 Lake Shore Road
Creswell NC 27928
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Mailing Address
2572 Lake Shore Road
Creswell NC 27928


Phone: (252) 797-4560
Fax: (252) 797-4171
Contact: Dorothy Redford

UNC-Chapel Hill
Rare Book Collection (RBC)

The Rare Book Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chape Hill holds over 200,000 printed volumes, 18,000 broadsides and prints, and 1,200 manuscripts covering the full range of human knowledge. Collection strengths include the history and development of the book; French history, particularly in the Napoleonic period; English, Irish, and American literature; print history as illustrated by the Estienne and the publishing firms of Ticknor and Fields, Johny Murray and Smith Elder, and J.M. Dent and Sons. Collecting continues to the present day with strong collections of the avant-garde and alternative publishing as well as selected authors, literary movements, and private presses.

Location:
Wilson Library UNC-CH
Chapel Hill NC 27514-8890
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Mailing Address
The Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library Campus Box #3948
Chapel Hill NC 27515-8890


Phone: (919) 962-1143
Fax: (919) 962-4452

Zebulon Vance Birthplace State Historic Site
The Zebulon B. Vance Birthplace State Historic Site interprets the Vance family homestead, which is a large-two story structure of hewn yellow pine longs. The cabin has been reconstructed around the original chimney with two enormous fireplaces. The furnishing and household items on display are representative of the period from 1790 to 1840, and include a few pieces original to the home. Clustered about the grounds are six log outbuildings, including a corn crib, springhouse, smokehouse, loom house, slave house, and tool house. The Visitor Center houses exhibits portraying the life of Vance.

Location:
911 Reems Creek Rd.
Weaverville NC 28787
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Mailing Address
911 Reems Creek Rd.
Weaverville NC 28787


Phone: (828) 645-6706
Fax: (828)645-9036
Contact: Chris Morton