Historic Sites

Spinning Thread at the President James K. Polk Historic Site Near Charlotte

Our historic sites, scattered across the state from Manteo at the coast to Weaverville in the west, offer you the chance to step back in time and experience the places where our state's most siginficant historical events happened first-hand.

At our historic sites, walk through a home transformed into a field hospital during North Carolina's largest Civil War battle, see the Asheville boarding house that inspired one of the Tar Heel State's most famous writers, pan for gold at the site of America's first gold rush and much more.

Each of our 27 historic sites tells an important story from North Carolina's past, but taken together they tell the story of North Carolina's diverse people and places from early Native American settlement to the Old North State's role in World War II. 

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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, Roanoke 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.

North Carolina State Historic Sites 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 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 panning 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 bringing visitors into our state's cities and towns.

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