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Averasboro Battlefield and MuseumAverasboro Civil War Battlefield and Museum

Historic markers outline the events of the March 1865 military action, the prelude to Bentonville. The property highlights Lebanon, a plantation home used as a Confederate Hospital and the Chicora Cemetery where the battle's dead are buried. The museum outlines the conflicts and contains artifacts from the battle found on the battlefield as well as period uniforms, a diorama and more. Annual living history events and reenactments are held at the site located on NC 82, Exit 71, I-95. Open Tuesday-Saturdays 10-5, Sundays 1-5. For more information contact the museum at (910) 891-5019 or visit www.averasboro.com

Coats Cotton MuseumCoats Cotton Museum

Built adjacent to the Coats History Museum, the history of cotton is told from the seed to its implementation in material.  Unique with its restored machinery see how our ancestors lived and worked on the farm.  Open each Sunday from 2 pm – 5pm.  Can be opened for Group Tours by calling 910-897-5611 or 910-897-8352.

Coats MuseumCoats History Museum

The museum was a two-room school converted into a museum. One room features local genealogies and family artifacts of J. Thomas Coats, local history books, antiques, and more. The second room features rotating displays (Christmas past, military, local artisans and international). The museum is located at the corner of Hwy 55 (McKinley Street) and Jackson Street and is open each Sunday from 2pm-5pm. Can be opened for group tours. Call (910) 897-5611 or (910) 897-8352. www.coatsmuseum.com 

East Coast Classic CarsEast Coast Classic Cars

Browse through over 100 Classic Cars in a 35,000 sq ft showroom. Classic, Antique, and Muscle cars on display Monday – Friday from 9 am until 5 pm and on Saturday from 9 am until 2 pm.  Located on Hwy 421 in Lillington. Call 910-893-2484.

Erwin History RoomErwin History Room

Artifacts collected and relating to the old Averasboro, Duke, and early Erwin community. Hear stories of the Timber Rafters who created the Ghost Town of Averasboro and how a textile empire grew in Duke, now Erwin. The History Room is located 110 W. F Street in Erwin. Open to the public Sunday through Wednesday from 2pm-4pm and is free to the public. Free. Call (910) 897-7300.

General William C. Lee Airborne MuseumGeneral William C. Lee Airborne Museum

An early 20th Century neoclassical three-story Revival house located at 209 W. Divine street in Dunn. It was the home of Dunn native Maj. Gen. William C. Lee, known as the "Father of the US Army Airborne," who helped develop its concepts and organization. The museum tells Gen. Lee's life story as well as the story of the early years of the US Army Airborne, and the use of glider planes during WWII. The museum is open Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 11am-4pm, and closed Sunday. Admission is $1 for adults and children over age 12. For more information or to set up group tours, call (910) 892-1947. www.generalleeairbornemuseum.org.

Gourd MuseumGourd Museum

Hundreds of gourds from all over the world are on display within the Town of Angier’s  Library. Tours by appointment. Call 919-639-2071.

Hammerstone Scout MuseumHammerstone Scout Museum

Located nine miles west of Lillington, less than 10 minutes from Raven Rock State Park. The museum takes you back almost 100 years to the very roots of the Scouting movement. Contains memorabilia of Scouting pioneers and heroes. Open to the public by appointment only. Call (910) 814-2955. 2210 Leaflet Church Road, Lillington. www.hammerstonescoutmuseum.org.

Harnett County History Museum - reconstructed 19th century log cabin on the premisesHarnett County Indian Museum

Rustic museum includes a craft shop, artifact display, and a log cabin that shows how pioneers lived. The museum, located on US 401N in Kipling was built by a collector to preserve the memory of the Harnett County Indian villages which once thrived along the Cape Fear River. Open to the public by appointment only. Call (919) 552-2336. 

Historic Summerville Presbyterian ChurchHistoric Summerville Presbyterian Church

The church was charted in 1811 and built in 1845-46 and is maintained in its original architectural design without alterations. The adjoining cemetery contains the grave of a mysterious stranger found dead on the steps of the church. Since that time the church doors have never been locked. The church is located off US 421, three miles SW of Lillington and is open to the public. For more information call the Lillington Chamber of Commerce - (910) 893-3571.

Lundy-Fetterman Museum and Exhibit HallLundy-Fetterman Museum and Exhibit Hall

Welcome to wildlife. The examples of animal and marine wildlife you see here are part of the collection of 175 exhibits. Through this exhibit you will have the opportunity to discover more about the natural world through displays of exotic specimens you may otherwise never encounter. Highlights of the exhibit include a polar bear and mountain goat from Alaska, sheep and goitered gazelle from Iran, and a leopard, zebra, elephant, reedbuck, lion, gnu, impala, and rhinoceros from Africa. The museum is open Mondays from 10-1, Tuesdays from 1-4, and other times by appointment. For information, call (910) 814-4398. Located on 165 Dr. McKoy Street, Buies Creek, NC 27506.

Old Bluff ChurchOld Bluff Church

Located off NC 82, near the Averasboro Battlefield, the church was formed in 1758.  James Campbell, the first minister, was from Pennsylvania.  The church discontinued activity in 1921, but is still home to an annual homecoming held the 4th Sunday in September.  Call (910) 892-3282.

The Campbell HouseThe Campbell House

The home place of James Archibald Campbell, founder of Campbell University, was built in 1890 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.  The home is used as a community meeting place and reception hall.  Can seat 50 to a sit-down dinner and can hold up to 200 for a standing reception.  Group tours by appointment only, contact Catherine King, at (910) 893-3132.

The Howard HouseThe Howard House

A Neoclassical Revival house with a full-height portico was built in 1908 – 1909 as an exact replica of the North Carolina building at the Jamestown Tricentennial Exposition in Jamestown, VA.  The home is on the National Register of Historic places and maintained by the Dunn Woman’s Club.  It is located at 402 S. Layton Avenue in Dunn’s historic section.  For group tours, contact Mary Faye Hardison at 892-1981.

Pentecostal Church Movement

Visit  the site where the “Pentecostal Church Movement” began in the South two blocks south of Highway 421 on N. Wilson Street, Dunn.

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