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House in the Horseshoe

In spring and summer, bright flowers surround this plantation house named for its location on a horseshoe bend in the Deep River. The house (ca. 1770) was owned by Philip Alston, whose band of colonists seeking independence from Britain was attacked here in 1781. Free, donations are accepted and appreciated.

288 Alston House Rd
Sanford, NC 27330

N.C. State Capitol

The North Carolina State Capitol, completed in 1840, is one of the finest and best-preserved examples of a major civic building in the Greek Revival style of architecture. It is a National Historic Landmark. Free admission, donations are accepted and appreciated.

One East Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

North Carolina Transportation Museum

Discover the people and machines that have moved North Carolina, this is where locomotives that hauled Southern's passenger trains and freight trains filled with North Carolina furniture, textiles, tobacco, and produce were serviced from 1896 to the late 1970's.

411 S. Salisbury Ave.
Spencer, NC 28159

President James K. Polk

This site is located on land once owned by the parents of James K. Polk, the 11th U.S. president. The state historic site commemorates significant events in the Polk administration: the Mexican-American War, settlement of the Oregon boundary dispute, and the annexation of California. Free, donations are accepted and appreciated.

12031 Lancaster Hwy.
Pineville, NC 28134

Reed Gold Mine

Reed Gold Mine is the site of the first documented gold find in the United States. From this discovery, gold mining spread gradually to nearby counties and eventually into other southern states. Free admission, donations are accepted and appreciated.

9621 Reed Mine Rd.
Midland, NC 28107

Roanoke Island Festival Park

Roanoke Island Festival Park is an interactive family attraction that celebrates the first English settlement in America. Visitors board and explore the park's centerpiece, a representational ship, Elizabeth II.

1 Festival Park
Manteo, NC 27954

Somerset Place

Somerset Place is a representative state historic site offering a comprehensive and realistic view of 19th-century life on a large North Carolina plantation. Free admission, donations are accepted and appreciated.

2572 Lake Shore Road
Creswell, NC 27928

Thomas Wolfe Memorial

Thomas Wolfe left an indelible mark on American letters. And his mother's boardinghouse in Asheville, North Carolina, now the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, has become one of literature's most famous landmarks.

52 N. Market St.
Asheville, NC 28801

Town Creek Indian Mound

Town Creek Indian Mound is an unusual phenomenon in the history of North American archaeology. Situated on Little River (a tributary of the Great Pee Dee in central North Carolina), it has been the focus of a consistent program of archaeological research under one director for more than half a century. Free admission, donations are accepted and appreciated.

509 Town Creek Mound Rd.
Mt. Gilead, NC 27306

Zebulon B. Vance Birthplace

This pioneer farmstead, tucked in the beautiful Reems Creek Valley, features a two-story log cabin "mansion," an original 1790s slave cabin, and five outbuildings. Furnished as it would have been in the 1830s, the site explores life in early Buncombe County as seen through the lives of the Vance family and enslaved people. Free admission, donations are accepted and appreciated.

911 Reems Creek Rd.
Weaverville, NC 28787