Museum Exhibits

Treasures of Carolina: Stories from the State Archives

January 12, through March 31, 2019

    An exhibit showcasing one-of-a-kind documents, maps, photographs, historic war-era posters, and other media from the State Archives of North Carolina. The exhibit will explain how different types of records are created and preserved. Visitors will get to view how records have evolved from 17th-century script on parchment to born-digital materials. Two examples of what visitors will see include:

    • An 1839 petition for United States citizenship, signed by the Siamese twins, Chang and Eng Bunker, born in Siam (now Thailand). The brothers settled in Wilkes County and married sisters. Altogether the families had 21 children.
    • The hand-drawn map used as evidence during the 1867 trial of Tom Dula, indicted and hanged for murdering Laura Foster. Dula’s fate is recounted in the popular ballad, “Tom Dooley.”

    Permanent Exhibit Galleries

    Explore two floors of exhibits that tell the story of southern North Carolina from the American Indians to an early 20th century general store. Four hundred years of history await you...

    American Indians

    Early Exploration & Settlement

    Naval Stores



    A General Store