Museum Exhibits


In honor of Women’s History Month, discover how ladies hailing from the Old North State made renowned contributions to local or national history through the traveling exhibit, North Carolina Women Making History featured at the Museum of the Cape Fear beginning March 1, 2022. The exhibit traces the lives of ordinary women from 1585 to the mid-1990s, offering an overview about the general lives of women over the course of North Carolina’s history. Additional panels, created by the Museum of the Cape Fear, detail more recent contributions and stories of NC women in politics, business, and culture.

The panel exhibit is complemented by artifacts from the Museum of the Cape Fear’s collection, including a Highsmith Hospital Nurse’s winter cape worn by Patricia Cooper Chappell, a 1940 graduate of the Highsmith Nursing School in Fayetteville; memorabilia from Greensboro Female College; and a WWII Women’s Army Corps summer uniform worn by Marjorie Suggs Edwards.

NC Women Making History emphasizes how the traditional private roles of women in our society, including caring for the sick, raising families, maintaining households, and educating children have changed dramatically over the last several decades. Women today continue to fight for primary roles and equal pay in politics, biotechnology, economics, the military, and other traditionally male dominated professions. Learn their stories and more at the Museum of the Cape Fear this March.



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