Charles B. Aycock was born into a rural home here in Wayne County in 1859. Interested in politics from his youth, Aycock began to practice law and move up in the Democratic Party after graduating from the University of North Carolina. In 1900 he was elected governor and dedicated himself to improving public education in North Carolina. By the time he left office four years later, one school had been built for each day the governor was in office. Today a typical schoolhouse of the period stands on the site.
Hours and Location
Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed Sunday, Monday, and most major holidays
264 Governor Aycock Road
Fremont, NC 27830
Admission is free.
Donations are appreciated.
Fee for hands-on activities for scheduled groups is $2 per person.
Guided tours of the birthplace are provided upon request. We ask that groups make reservations in advance.
The reconstructed boyhood home of Governor Aycock is furnished with pieces from the mid-nineteenth century. A detached kitchen, pantry, smokehouse, outhouse, corn barn, and stables make up the remainder of the farmstead. An 1893 one-room schoolhouse is also at the site.
Exhibits and an audiovisual program showcase the life and contributions of Governor Aycock. A copy of Aycock's genealogy is also available for research.
Trails, Monuments, Outdoor Exhibit
Aycock's parents, siblings, and other descendants are buried in the family cemetery. Governor Aycock is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh. The site has an heirloom garden, sheep, and poultry.
The visitor center is fully accessible. The historic buildings have steps and are not fully accessible. A video tour and photo album are available in the visitor center.
Eight picnic tables are available at the site.
A sales desk is located in the visitor center with items related to Aycock and North Carolina history.
Programs, Group Activies
Living history demonstrations are held most Wednesdays in April, May, October, and November. Hands-on activities are offered for scheduled groups of ten or more. Groups can make candles, butter, or whizzers for a small fee. The season and weather affect what can be offered.