Plan Your Visit

Thomas Day, a free Black man, came to Milton in the 1820s. There he produced furniture and other wood pieces for esteemed clientele. With help from the enslaved people on his property and free artisans living with him, his influence on other craftsmen is seen around the state. As of February 2024, the workshop was designated as a State Historic Site. Site themes are craftsmanship, social history, economic history, education and life of Free African Americans within the state of North Carolina.

Hours and Location

While the site is under development, tours and access to the site are by reservation only. 

Historic Structure:

Thomas Day House: The Thomas Day House, also known as Thomas Day's Workshop, the Yellow Tavern, and Union Tavern, was purchased by Thomas Day in 1848. It was the largest woodworking shop in the state of North Carolina. Exhibit under construction.

Bank of Milton: The Bank of Milton was chartered in 1810 and became a state bank in 1834. The present-day building was constructed in 1869 and closed in 1865. Exhibit under construction.