Statewide/RegionalNorth Carolina State Historic Sites operated by the Historic Sites Section of the Office of Archives and History.The North Carolina Museums Council posts a long list of history museums across the state, many of which are located in historic buildings, with links to the individual museum Web sites.North Carolina African American Culture TourHistoric Albemarle Tour (northeastern N.C.), with links to a wide variety of sites open to the public.To create your own self-guided tours, check out the guides to the historic architecture of North Carolina for information and maps for over 5,000 historic places from the mountains to the coast.
Sites Listed Alphabetically by County:
Buncombe County:Biltmore Estate. A stellar place, beautifully maintained and operated.Caswell County:
Milton, an old town on the Dan River at the Virginia border, with several important historic buildings, has two web sites: One posted by the Milton Preservation and Beautification Society, Inc., and another Historic Milton site.
Cherokee County:John C. Campbell Folk School. A unique school founded in 1925 by Olive Dame Campbell and Marguerite Butler, based on the Danish folk school model. The 380 acre campus is a National Register historic district.
Craven County:Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens, New Bern.
Currituck County:Currituck Beach Lighthouse
Durham County:Old West Durham Neighborhood, Durham. Presented by the Old West Durham Neighborhood Association.
Forsyth County:Old Salem. The restoration of famous 18th century Moravian town.
Korner's Folly, Kernersville. One of the state's most unusual houses.
Guilford County:Blandwood. The Greensboro home of Governor John Motley Morehead is a National Historic Landmark open to the public, and headquarters of Preservation Greensboro, Inc.
Mecklenburg County:Latta Plantation. A Catawba River plantation house, built about 1800, is the focal point of a public park and living history farm.
Orange County:Historic Hillsborough with virtual tour.
Pasquotank County:Historic Elizabeth City with virtual tour.
Pender County:Poplar Grove Plantation, a fine mid-19th century plantation open to the public.
Perquimans County:Newbold White House, North Carolina's oldest brick house.
Rockingham County:Chinqua-Penn Plantation. The 1920s estate of Jeff and Betsy Penn. Unfortunately, the site is now closed to the public and is being marketed for sale.
Rowan County:Historic Gold Hill, posted by the Historic Gold Hill and Mines Foundation. For a time during the 19th century, Gold Hill was the richest gold mining town east of the Mississippi.
Rutherford County:Remember Cliffside. Cliffside, established in 1899 by Raleigh Rutherford Haynes on a bluff above the Second Broad River in southeastern Rutherford County, is one of North Carolina's most striking textile mill towns. This remarkable website, "dedicated to preserving the memories and lore of the little mill town we once knew," is nothing short of amazing, beautifully designed with hundreds of photographs, stories, memorabilia, and news of current events.
Surry County:Rockford, a historic community on the Yadkin River, and former county seat of Surry County.
Wake County:Historic Glenwood/Brooklyn Neighborhood Association, Raleigh
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