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State Historic Sites

Interpreters Walk Along a Dirt Road at Durham's Duke Homestead

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

By visiting our historic sites, you can experience and understand a large swath of our state's history from Native American origins at Town Creek Indian Mound in Montgomery County to the Tar Heel role in World War II at the Battleship North Carolina moored near Wilmington.

By offering unique experiences like paning for gold at the site of America's first gold rush, marveling at early 20th-century steam locomotives and reliving colonial or Civil War battles, our state historic sites educate the next generation of North Carolinians and drive local economies by brining visitors into our state's cities and towns.

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27 Historic Sites, Two Forms of Organization

Twenty-four of our historic sites are directly supervised by our Division of Historic Sites. Three additional historic properties--the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington, Ronaoke Island Festival Park in Manteo and Tryon Palace in New Bern--are supervised by our agency, but have independent boards and commissions that assist us in their operation.

All 27 of our sites provide great opportunities for family fun, world-class educational opportunities for students and families and make history accessible to all North Carolinians.