Historical Sites Near Raleigh


Here are some links and addresses to Historical Sites near Raleigh, North Carolina.

Chapel Hill

  • A Walk Down Franklin Street
    610 East Rosemary Street. 919-942-7818
    Tour Guide available at Horace Williams House, Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm; Sun 1pm-4pm. Small Charge.
    An hour long, self guided tour designed to look at Chapel Hill’s historic homes and the oldest church in town.
  • Horace Williams House
    610 East Rosemary Street. 919-942-7818
    Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm; Sun 1pm-4pm. Free Admission.
    Built in 1840 and later expanded, the house now features monthly art exhibits, a house tour, and related special events. Now the home of the Chapel Hill Preservation Society.

Durham

  • Beechwood Cemetery
    3400 Fayetteville Street, Durham. 919-560-4154
    Contains the graves of many of Durham’s African-American leaders in both community affairs and business. Opened in the 1930s.
  • Bennett Place State Historic Site
    4409 Bennett Memorial Road, Durham. 919-383-4345
    Free Admission.
    This state historic site is the spot on which the Civil War ended in 1865 when the Confederate General Johnston surrendered to the Union Forces under Sherman 17 days after Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. The site contains a farm house with outbuildings, an interpretive center, and a museum.
  • Brightleaf Square & Downtown Durham’s Historic District
    West Main Street, Durham.
    Pick up a walking tour map at the Durham Visitor Information Center at 101 East Morgan Street. Free Admission.
    This area comprises North Carolina’s first commercial district on the National Register of Historic Places. Brightleaf Square, a turn of the century brick tobacco warehouse, has been renovated as a thriving shopping and dining district.
  • Duke Homestead State Historic Site
    2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham. 919-477-5498
    Free Admission.
    A National Historic Landmark. Featured are the Duke family’s mid-1800’s home complete with the tobacco barns and original factory. An onsite museum contains memorabilia and living history demonstrations of 1800’s farm life also take place.
  • Duke Memorial United Methodist Church
    504 West Chapel Hill Street, Durham. 919-683-3467
    A 1907 twin towered Gothic Revival church which features a 10-bell, manual carillon, which is played nightly. This church was named for Washington Duke.
  • Duke University Chapel
    Chapel Drive, Durham. 919-681-1704
    Donations Accepted.
    The Neo-Gothic centerpiece of Duke University’s West Campus features a 5,200-pipe organ, and a 210-foot tower which houses a 50-bell carillon. Also note the intricate stained-glass windows.
  • Geer Cemetery
    Between Camden, Colonial, and McGill Streets, Durham. 919-560-4154
    Free Admission
    Founded in 1876 as the first cemetery for African Americans. Church founders and community leaders lie here.
  • Historic Stagville
    5825 Old Oxford Highway, Durham. 919-620-0120
    Call for Hours. Free Admission.
    This former estate now houses a center for the study of African-American plantation life.
  • Maplewood Cemetery
    Chapel Hill Street, Kent Street, and Duke University Road, Durham. 919-560-4156
    Call for Hours. Free Admission.
    This 1869 cemetery is the final resting place of both soldiers and tobacco magnates. Six fine Italian marble figures surround the Carr family plot. Fine examples of Victorian Funerary Art are also to be seen.

Raleigh

  • Borden Building
    820 Clay Street, Raleigh 919-831-6430
    Free Admission.
    One of two remaining buildings on what was the former campus of the Methodist Home for Children. This building, originally the superintendent’s home, is now available for public tours and functions.
  • Capital Area Visitors Center
    301 North Blount Street, Raleigh 919-733-3456
    Open Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm. Free Admission.
    This center serves as an information site for visitors to Raleigh’s state-owned historic sites. The staff has plenty of brochures, a free slide presentation, and maps of the area.
  • City Market
    Blount and Martin Streets, Raleigh 919-828-4555
    Open Daily. Free Admission.
    An historic produce market that opened its doors in the early 1900’s. Now the market includes five art galleries, nine restaurants, retails shops and more.
  • Executive Mansion
    210 North Blount Street (Burke Square), Raleigh 919-733-3456
    Call for tour schedules. Free Admission.
    A Victorian-Style Mansion built entirely of materials native to North Carolina. Home to the State Governor since 1891. Tours are by reservation only.
  • Haywood Hall House and Gardens
    211 New Bern Place, Raleigh 919-832-8357
    Tours on Thursdays 10am-1:30pm, Call for Appointment. Donations Accepted.
    The oldest house in Raleigh’s city limits that is still on its original site. Built in 1799 by State Treasurer John Haywood. Learn about 200 years of Raleigh’s growth.
  • Historic Oak View County Park
    4028 Carya Drive, Raleigh 919-250-1013
    Mon-Sat, 8:30pm – 5pm; Sun 1-5pm. Free Admission.
    This park features an antebellum farmstead with an 1855 Greek Revival House, outbuildings, an herb garden, picnic facilities, and a new Farm History Center museum. Here within the park the oldest pecan grove in the state grows.
  • Historic Oakwood
    Bordered by Oakwood, Brookside, Watauga, Monroe, Madison, and State Streets, Raleigh 919-834-0887
    A self guided walking tour brochure is available at the Capital Area Visitor Center.
    This late Victorian neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with the restored homes dating between 1870 and 1912.
  • Joel Lane House
    728 West Hargett Street, Raleigh 919-833-3431
    Tues – Fri, 10am – 2pm; Sat, 1pm – 4pm. Admission Charged.
    Built around 1760, this was the home to the “Father of Raleigh,” Joel Lane. It witnessed numerous historic events. Now, costumed docents tell the house’s story and give tours. Beautiful period gardens.
  • Mordecai Historic Park
    1 Mimosa Street, Raleigh 919-834-4844
    Mon, Wed – Sat, 10am – 3pm; Sun, 1pm – 3pm. Admission Charged.
    An antebellum plantation house with outbuildings. The park tour also includes a tour of the birthplace of President Andrew Johnson. Call for tour details.
  • North Carolina State Capitol
    1 East Edenton Street (Capitol Square), Raleigh 919-733-4994
    Mon – Sat, 9am – 5pm; Sun, 1pm – 5pm. Admission Charged.
    A great example of Greek Revival architecture in public buildings, the North Carolina Capitol has been restored to its appearance circa 1840. The governor and lieutenant governor’s office are on the first floor. Exhibits and historic chambers may be visited.
  • North Carolina State Legislative Building
    16 West Jones Street (Corner of Salisbury), Raleigh 919-733-7928
    Mon – Fri, 8am – 5:30pm, Weekend Tours. Admission Charged.
    The building is home to the General Assembly, North Carolina’s legislative branch. Access for the public is easy and visitors may observe the legislative process.
  • Oakwood Cemetery
    701 Oakwood Avenue, Raleigh 919-832-6077
    Open Daily. Free Admission.
    Next to the Historic Oakwood District, Oakwood Cemetery is the final resting place of 2,800 Confederate soldiers, five Civil War Generals, seven state governors, and US Senators. The cemetery, established in 1869, contains many excellent examples of late Victorian funerary art.