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Historic Resources and Museum Program

Last updated Aug. 09, 2016 - 3:51 pm

The HRM Program oversees operations and programs at the Borden Building and Stone Circle at Fletcher Park, the City of Raleigh Museum, the Fred Fletcher Amphitheater at Fletcher Park, John Chavis Memorial Park Historic Attractions, the Latta House and University Site, Mordecai Historic Park, the Pope House Museum, Pullen Park Historic Attractions, and the Raleigh Trolleys.

Upcoming Events

Night at the City of Raleigh Museum - July 15 and August 19 at 5 pm, 6:30 pm, and 8 pm each night. This summer, the City of Raleigh Museum will partner with Seed Art Share again to bring you an exciting children's program. This original scavenger-play, written by Raleigh playwright Ian Finley, invites history buffs ages 8 to 12 to join Sir Walter Raleigh for a night of intrigue and mystery-solving in the Museum. Lost artifacts and hidden clues have turned the Museum upside down. Participants will receive their very own souvenir flashlight and follow the trail as influential characters in Raleigh's history unfold the past. While the children explore, parents get their own date night with a free appetizer at the Busy Bee Cafe. Each show runs 45 minutes. Space is limited. For tickets or more information, visit the Seed Art Share website.

Legend in Gold: Coach George Williams Exhibit The month of August. In partnership with St. Augustine’s College, the City of Raleigh Museum presents Legend in Gold, which highlights the life of legendary track coach Bruce Williams. The exhibit will focus on his achievements at the school and his successful coaching of several U.S. Track and Field Olympic teams. This exhibit is free and registration is not required.

Reclamation at Mordecai Historic Park - August 13 at 5 pm. Join MOJOAA Performing Arts Company at Mordecai Historic Park for this FREE event. MOJOAA will present plays by female voices of color on the front steps of the Mordecai House. Registration is not required for this event.

Playdates at Pullen - September 12 and September 22 from 10-11 am. Pumpkin Playdates on October 10 and 20 from 10-11 am. Winter Playdates on November 14 and 17 from 10-11 am. Kids ages 3-5 and their parents are invited to join us for this fun and interactive family friendly gathering. Each month activities will be based around a different theme. This event is FREE but registration is required by the Friday prior to the playdate. For more information, please call Pullen Park at 919-996-6468.

Teen Game Show Showdown at Pullen Park - September 16 from 6-8 pm. Teens ages 12-16 are invited to join your friends for an awesome evening of exciting game shows at the Teen Game Show Showdown. Teams will compete for eternal glory and some awesome prizes! This event is FREE, but registration is required by September 9th. Please call Pullen Park at 919-996-6468 for more information.

The Summer in the Park Concert Series - Tour de Parks is held on Sunday evenings from May thru August beginning at 6 p.m. The concerts will rotate between the following locations: Pullen Park Amusements, Fletcher Park, Lake Johnson Park, John Chavis Memorial Park, and Powell Drive Park. Concert guests can bring their own lawn chairs and picnic baskets, but alcohol is not permitted. At Pullen Park Amusements, the Pullen Place Café will provide concessions during the event. Concerts cancelled due to weather will not be rescheduled. This is a free event. For more information, please contact the Pullen Park ticket office at 919-996-6468.

Escape to Freedom: An Interactive Theatrical Experience at Mordecai Historic Park - September 23 and 24 at 6, 7:30, and 9 pm. Join us at Mordecai Historic Park as we present Escaped to Freedom in partnership with MOJOAA Performing Arts Company. This event will take participants on an interactive tour of the Mordecai Plantation as seen through the eyes of an enslaved person. Each session will end will a Q&A with Mordecai Historic Park and MOJOAA staff. Participants should be comfortable walking and standing for up to one hour. For more information, please call 919-996-4364. Tickets can be purchased beginning July 26 by visiting Raleigh RecLink or calling 919-996-4364. Tickets are $15.

Chavis Park Celebrates - October 1 from 11 am-6 pm. Celebrate the history and heritage of John Chavis Memorial Park at this annual celebration. Enjoy food vendors, kids activities, a concert and more! This event is FREE and registration is not required. For more information please call Chavis Park Community Center at 919-831-6989.

Dinner and a Movie at Pullen Park - Every Saturday in October at 6 pm. Join us at Pullen Park for a great family dinner and a movie. Pullen Place Cafe will offer a delicious dinner menu and freshly popped popcorn for purchase prior to the feature presentation. Movies start at dusk. Lawn chairs or blankets are recommended. All movies will have a G or PG rating. This is a free event and registration is not required. For more information, please call Pullen Park at 919-996-6468.

Haunted Trolley at Mordecai Historic Park - October 21, 28, and 29 at 6:45, 7:45, and 8:45 pm. Step aboard the Haunted Trolley, if you dare, for a nighttime ride through downtown Raleigh. Participants will hear about the ghost stories of the city and make a stop at City Cemetery. Riders beware - you never know what you might encounter! Tickets are $10 and will go on sale beginning July 26. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 919-996-4364 or visit Raleigh RecLink.

Haunted Mordecai Lantern Tours at Mordecai Historic Park - October 29 from 5-9:30 pm. Have you always wanted to know what goes on in the Mordecai House at night? Know is your chance to find out, but be careful - you never know what or who you might run into! These special tours are only offered once a year, so don't miss out! Participants should be comfortable walking and standing for up to 30 minutes. Tours begin every 30 minutes. Tickets are $5 and will go on sale beginning July 26. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 919-996-4364 or visit Raleigh RecLink.

Haunted Mordecai FREE Festival - October 29 from 12-4 pm. Join us at Mordecai Historic Park as we celebrate Halloween with this FREE and family friendly festival on our lawn. There will be crafts and games, music, a bounce house, face painting, and costume contests for kids 16 and under beginning at 1pm. A food vendor will be on site with food to purchase. This event is FREE and registration is not required. Please call 919-996-4364 for more information.

Holiday Express at Pullen Park - December 1 - 4 and December 8 - 11 from 4-9 pm. Join us as Pullen Park is transformed into a Holiday wonderland for this Raleigh Holiday tradition! Enjoy lights and displays, a train ride, local entertainment, carousel rides, crafts, a visit with Santa, and more! Tickets are sold based on a designated train ride time, but ticketed guests are welcome to enter the event anytime after 4pm. Tickets are required for all guests 24 months and older. This event sells out quickly and tickets can be purchased over the phone at 919-996-6468 or online at Raleigh RecLink beginning July 26. Tickets are $10.

Mordecai Holidays Open House - December 10th from 10 am-4 pm and December 11 from 1-4 pm. Come get your holiday season started with a visit to Mordecai Historic Park for our annual Holiday Open House! Guests are invited to tour the Mordecai House at their leisure to see how the Mordecai Family would have celebrated the holidays. Each room will be decorated from a different time period, beginning in colonial times through World War II. Then step into the plantation kitchen and watch a traditional holiday meal be prepared. This event is free and registration is not required. Please call 919-996-4364 for more information.

Santa's Trolley at Mordecai Historic Park - December 16, 17, and 18 at 5, 6, and 7 pm. Santa's sleigh has broken down and he is lost in Raleigh! We need your help to find him before Christmas Eve arrives! Step aboard the Raleigh Trolley and help Holly the Elf look for Santa in downtown Raleigh. Tickets are $10 and will go on sale beginning July 26. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 919-996-4364 or visit Raleigh RecLink.

Sacred Harp Sundays at Mordecai Historic Park - The fourth Sunday of every month from 2 - 4 pm. Join the Triangle Shape Note singers in St. Mark's Chapel to listen to or participate in this unique and historic way of singing. All are welcome to join in, or just sit and listen for awhile. This event is free and registration is not required. Please call 919-996-4364 for more information.

Borden Building

The Borden Building

Fred Fletcher park is home to the historic Borden Building. The Borden Building is one of two remaining buildings on the former campus of the Methodist Home for Children. Built in 1900, the building is available for special event rentals.

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City of Raleigh Museum

Sir Walter Raleigh Statue

Housed in a historic former hardware store, the museum is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of North Carolina's capital city while envisioning its future. The museum curates temporary and permanent exhibits about the city's people, places, and resources, maintains a collection of approximately 5,000 artifacts, and offers educational programming and tours. Visit Friends of CORmuseum for information on supporting the museum.

Find out more about the City of Raleigh Museum

Fred Fletcher Amphitheater

The Amphitheater at Fred Fletcher Park

Fred Fletcher Amphitheater is located in Fred Fletcher Park, close to the historic Borden Building. The Amphitheater can accommodate up to 300 people and is available for special event rentals.

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Historic Raleigh Trolley

Historic Raleigh Trolley

Historic Raleigh Trolley Tours depart from Mordecai Historic Park every Saturday March through December. The trolley can also be rented for special events and charter tours.

Find out more about the Raleigh Trolley

Latta House and University Site

Archeology in progress at the Latta House site

The Latta House and University Site is located in the historic Oberlin neighborhood, this two acre site was home to the Reverend M.L. Latta House and Latta University founded in 1892. Unfortunately, the Latta House was destroyed by fire in 2007.

Find out more about the Latta House and University Site

Mordecai Historic Park

Mordecai Historic Park

Mordecai Historic Park is home to some of Raleigh's greatest historic treasures including the Mordecai House ca. 1785 and the Birthplace of Andrew Johnson. Mordecai Historic Park offers tours, events, field trips, trolley tours, and much more.

Find out more about Mordecai Historic Park

Pullen Park Amusements

Train

Pullen Park is home to some of Raleigh's great family-friendly entertainment! Richard Stanhope Pullen donated the land that is now Pullen Park in 1887 and now it houses the C.P. Huntington miniature train, a historic Gustave A. Dentzel Carousel, pedal boats, and kiddie boats. 

Ride tickets can be purchased for amusements at the park. Various special events and programs are held throughout the year.

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Chavis Carousel

Carousel

John Chavis Memorial Park, formed in 1937, is home to the historic Allan Herschell Carousel.

Ride tickets can be purchased for at the park. Various special events and programs are held throughout the year.

Find out more about the Chavis Carousel

Tucker House

Tucker House

The Tucker House, located in historic Oakwood, is a beautiful early twentieth-century home available for meetings, weddings, receptions, and parties.

Find out more about the Tucker House

Pope House Museum

Pope House Museum

Built in 1901, the Pope House Museum is the only African-American house museum in the state of North Carolina. The house museum features original furnishings and artifacts giving insight into a remarkable man and family. The museum is open for free tours on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Last tour starts at 2:00 PM.

Find out more about the Pope House Museum

Join us as a Volunteer!

Volunteers are always needed at our historic sites and museums. The opportunities are open to everyone and volunteers are an essential part of our success!

Find out more about Volunteering for the Historic Resources and Museum Program

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