Historical and Educational Attractions

This page lists attractions of historical, cultural, or educational significance in the Raleigh, North Carolina area. Listings may include historical homes, battlefields, forts, monuments, famous birthplaces, and other places of historical significance, as well educational attractions such as planetariums.
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Andrew Johnson's Birthplace

The birthplace of Andrew Johnson, seventeenth president of the United States, is believed to be a small, one-story house with a loft structure now sta ...

Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
1001-1099 Wake Forest Rd., Raleigh, NC, 27604
Century Station Post Office

Renovated and restored to its original 19th century splendor, the Century Station Post Office building is ready for visitors. Free, docent-led tours w ...

Free: Yes
Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
300 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC, 27601
City Cemetery

Originally established in 1798 and divided into four parts: two one-acre plots for citizens, one for visitors and one for blacks (mainly slaves); now ...

Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
500 E. Hargett St., Raleigh, NC, 27601
City Market

Experience historic City Market, home to art galleries, restaurants and specialty shops. The original cobblestone streets are lit by lamps and filled ...

Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
300 Parham St., Raleigh, NC, 27601
E. Carroll Joyner Park Historical Farm, Pecan Grove, and Gardens

This Town of Wake Forest park offers several historical attractions including: Restored Farm Buildings - The original farm structures included a mul ...

Area: Wake Forest & Rolesville
701 Harris Road, Wake Forest, NC, 27587
Garner Veterans Memorial

The Garner Veterans Memorial features pillars with the names of 67 Garner-area veterans who have died serving their country as well as historical narr ...

Area: SE Raleigh & Garner
921 Buffaloe Rd., Garner, NC, 27529
Haywood Hall House and Gardens

John Haywood, the state’s first elected treasurer, built this Federal-style frame house in 1799. It is the oldest house on its original site within th ...

Free: Yes
Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
211 New Bern Pl., Raleigh, NC, 27601
Historic Oak View County Park

This antebellum farmstead features an 1855 Greek Revival house, detached kitchen, cotton gin house, livestock barn, carriage house, pecan grove and he ...

Free: Yes
Area: Downtown & West Raleigh, Midtown & N Raleigh
4028 Carya Dr., Raleigh, NC, 27610
Historic Oakwood

A historic neighborhood of lovingly-restored Victorian and early 20th-century homes in a great variety of styles and sizes, many with beautiful garden ...

Free: Yes
Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
411 N. Bloodworth St, Raleigh, NC, 27604
Historic Oakwood Cemetery

Adjacent to Historic Oakwood, Oakwood Cemetery, with over 20,000 interments, is the resting place of approximately 1,500 Confederate soldiers, five Ci ...

Free: Yes
Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
701 Oakwood Ave, Raleigh, NC, 27601
Historic Yates Mill County Park

The 174-acre wildlife park features hiking trails, Historic Yates Mill, Wake County’s last remaining gristmill, and the mill’s 24-acre pond, which is ...

Area: SE Raleigh & Garner
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd, Raleigh, NC, 27603
Joel Lane Museum House

Built in 1769, this landmark is Wake County’s oldest existing home. It became the “Birthplace of North Carolina’s Capital” when Joel Lane sold 1,000 a ...

Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
728 W. Hargett St., Raleigh, NC, 27603
Lake Crabtree County Park Historical Attractions

At Lake Crabtree you can find the remains of a 19th-century tenant farm. You can see the ruins of a tenant house, a stone-lined well and a tobacco ord ...

Area: Cary & Morrisville & Apex
1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC, 27560
North Carolina Executive Mansion

This fine, Victorian-style mansion, built from native materials and home to N.C. governors since 1891, was described by F.D.R. as having “the most bea ...

Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
200 N. Blount St., R, NC, 27601
North Carolina Railroad Museum and New Hope Valley Railway

Open for outdoor, self-guided tours of historic railroad equipment on weekends year-round. Trains operate the second Sat. and fourth Fri. of each mont ...

Free: Yes
Area: Cary & Morrisville & Apex
3900 Bonsal Rd., Apex, NC, 27562
North Carolina State Capitol

Completed in 1840, this National Historic Landmark is one of the best-preserved examples of a civic building in Greek Revival-style architecture. It o ...

Free: Yes
Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
1 E. Edenton St., Raleigh, NC, 27601
North Carolina State Legislative Building

Home of the North Carolina General Assembly, the building is unique because it is devoted solely to the legislative branch of state government. Throug ...

Free: Yes
Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
16 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC, 27601
Page-Walker Arts and History Center

Built in 1868 as a railroad hotel by Town of Cary Founder, Allison Francis Page, it is listed on the National Register for Historic Places. A complete ...

Area: Cary & Morrisville & Apex
119 Ambassador Loop, Cary, NC, 27513
Pope House Museum

The Pope House Museum, built in 1901, is a restored home once owned by Dr. M.T. Pope, a prominent African-American citizen of Raleigh, North Carolina. ...

Free: Yes
Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
511 South Wilmington Street, 27601
Saint Augustine's University Historic Chapel

One of the oldest buildings now on the Saint Augustine's University campus, this Norman Gothic-style chapel was built in 1895. Students constructed th ...

Free: Yes
Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
1315 Oakwood Ave, Raleigh, NC, 27610
William Peace University, Main Building

An impressive Greek Revival structure used during the Civil War as a hospital; from 1865 to 1869, it served as the headquarters for the central admini ...

Free: Yes
Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
15 E. Peace St., Raleigh, NC, 27604