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2. Raleigh Tour


This tour takes tour participants into the capital of North Carolina, Raleigh, to visit a number of locations to see the history of our state and to visit some local historic landmarks.

NC Carolina Museum of History

At the North Carolina Museum of History the club members are encouraged to visit “The Story of North Carolina”, the largest exhibit ever produced at the N.C. Museum of History, which opened to rave reviews in 2011. This permanent exhibit traces life in North Carolina from its earliest inhabitants through the 20th century.

More than 14,000 years of the state’s history unfold through fascinating artifacts, multimedia presentations, dioramas, and hands-on interactive components. Additionally, two full-size historic houses and several re-created environments immerse museum visitors in places where North Carolinians have lived and worked. Yet the heart of The Story of North Carolina focuses on the people — both well-known and everyday citizens — who shaped the Tar Heel State.

We have also arranged with the museum for the tour participants to be taken on a behind the scenes tour to visit the various workshops and laboratories under the museum where pictures/costumes are restored, sets are constructed, exhibits currently not on display are stored and future exhibits are planned.  

Mordecai Park

Mordecai Historic Park is located in the heart of downtown Raleigh and is home to some of North Carolina's most extraordinary treasures, including the Mordecai House and the Birthplace of Andrew Johnson - 17th president of the United States. Mordecai Historic Park offers a unique glimpse into early Raleigh life.

Park Features

·         Mordecai House ca. 1785/1826

·         President Andrew Johnson's Birthplace ca. 1795

·         Badger Iredell Law Office ca. 1810

·         Allen Kitchen and Ellen Mordecai Garden ca. 1842

·         St. Mark's Chapel ca. 1847

Yates Mill Pond Park

The centerpiece of the 174-acre park is Historic Yates Mill, which is one of the last operable water-powered gristmill in Wake County (more than 70 water mills once existed in the area). The Mill and the property surrounding it were purchased in 1963 by NC State University. The Mill was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and was restored to working order through a grassroots community effort by 2005.
These costs will be payable by the participant of the tour at the respective venue. 
Mordecai Historic Park  -  $3.00 per person for a guided tour of the various buildings
Yates Mill Pond - $5.00 per person ($4.00 for adults over 60) for the one hour walking guided tour of the museum and the mill.  This will include examination of the mill wheel and water flow below the damn. The mill will be running, grinding corn into flour on that day just for the Tour members. A custom brochure for the the Tour members will also be provided to those attending the tour.