Mordecai Historic Park

Last updated Jul. 16, 2014 - 10:41 am
Ellen Mordecai Garden
  • Year 1785
  • Acres 3.2
  • Landmarks In the heart of downtown Raleigh

Site Tours



  • Tours are offered at the top of the hour. Tours begin at 10am and the last tour begins at 3pm.
  • Mordecai House Tour (approximately 30 minutes): Adults - $3, Youth - $2, Senior - $2.
  • Mordecai House and Outbuildings Tour (approximately 50 minutes): Adults - $5, Youth - $3, Senior - $3
  • Children 6 and under are free for all tours.
  • Public Tours are not offered when school groups are on site.
  • Please call 919-857-4364 Tuesday – Sunday to check on tour availability.

Mordecai House ca. 1785/1826
Mordecai House ca. 1785/1826
Badger Iredell Law Office ca. 1810
Badger Iredell Law Office ca. 1810
Allen Kitchen ca. 1842
Allen Kitchen ca. 1842
Ellen Mordecai Garden ca. 1842
Ellen Mordecai Garden ca. 1842
St. Mark's Chapel ca. 1847
St. Mark's Chapel ca. 1847

Historic Structures

  • Mordecai House ca. 1785/1826
  • Badger Iredell Law Office ca. 1810
  • Allen Kitchen ca. 1842
  • Ellen Mordecai Garden ca. 1842
  • St. Mark's Chapel ca. 1847

School Field Trips



  • School and educational tours are not held on Saturdays.
  • Field trips are free unless otherwise noted.
  • Students will rotate through three of the four programs.

Mordecai House

Artifact Handler House Program

  • Students will learn how life has changed over time.
  • Students are invited to handle some artifacts and use their reasoning skills to determine their use.
  • NC DPI Competency Objective: 2nd Grade 3.01, 3.04, 7.01 – 3rd Grade 2.02, 3.02, 3.03 – 4th Grade 2.03, 3.01


Plantation Slavery Program

  • Students will become aware of the different roles and tasks performed by slaves on the Mordecai Plantation.
  • Students get the chance to dig for artifacts on a mini-archeology dig.
  • NC DPI Competency Objective: 2nd Grade 2.03, 3.02, 3.03, 3.06 – 3rd Grade 3.01, 3.02 – 4th Grade 2.03, 2.04, 3.01


Andrew Johnson Program

  • Students tour the birthplace of Andrew Johnson, the 17th president of the United States.
  • Students learn about Johnson’s life and his journey from poverty to president.
  • Students learn about impeachment and have a chance to participate in their own impeachment trial!
  • NC DPI Competency Objectives: 2nd Grade 2.01, 2.02, 6.02 – 3rd Grade 1.02, 1.03, 1.05, 2.02, 2.03, 3.01, 7.01 – 4th Grade 1.03, 2.03, 3.01, 3.02, 4.05.


Historic Raleigh Trolley Tours

  • Students will step on board the Raleigh Trolley to learn about Raleigh and its past.
  • Students will learn about the founding of Raleigh.
  • Students will see historic sites and landmarks throughout the city.
  • NC DPI Competency Objectives: 2nd Grade 2.01, 3.05, 4.01, 4.03, 6.02 – 3rd Grade 1.02, 2.02, 2.03, 3.01, 3.02, 5.07 – 4th Grade 1.03, 2.03, 3.01, 3.02, 4.02, 4.05.
  • $2 per child with a $50 minimum.

Historic Raleigh Trolley

  • 919-857-4364
  • Director Douglas Porter | Assistant Director Brynn Hoffman


  • Leaves from Mordecai Historic Park on Saturdays, March through December, at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm
  • Enclosed and air conditioned
  • Seats 28, equipped with a wheelchair lift
  • Admission: $10 adults, $4 youth (7-17), $0 children (6 and under)
  • Tour lasts approximately one hour with stops at Mordecai Historic Park, Bicentennial Plaza, Joel Lane House, Fayetteville Street & City Market
  • Passengers can de-board at these stops and re-board at no additional fee. Seating is not guaranteed when re-boarding the trolley
  • Passengers can only ride the entire route once



  • One hour private tour of downtown Raleigh
  • $150 (includes trolley, guide and driver)
  • $100 refundable damage deposit (allow appx. 6 weeks)
  • $15 application fee
  • Pick-up and drop off location is Mordecai Historic Park
  • $50 charge for alternate pick up and drop off location



  • $100/hour (includes trolley and driver)
  • Minimum of two hours
  • $100 refundable damage deposit (allow appx. 6 weeks)
  • $15 application fee
  • Inclusive hours are from your initial pick-up point to final drop-off point

Site Rentals

  • 919-857-4361
  • Director Douglas Porter | Assistant Director Brynn Hoffman

Policies & Prices

  • Rentals of Mordecai Historic Park include access to St. Mark’s Chapel, a small bride’s room, the Mordecai Historic Park grounds and garden, and the restrooms.
  • $100/hour for Raleigh Residents.
  • $150/hour for non-residents.
  • 2 hour minimum, 8 hour maximum
  • $15 application fee
  • $75 damage deposit

Events & Exhibits


Upcoming Events

  • Egg Hunt – April 12 @11am – Come out to Mordecai Historic Park for our annual egg hunt. Come out early for refreshments, games, and crafts. This event is free and no registration is required.
  • Annual Plant Sale – April 26th @ 8am-2pm – Come visit Mordecai Historic Park to get your garden started this year. Heirloom varieties of produce, herbs, and flowers will be sold. No registration is required.

Volunteers & Members

  • 919-857-4363


  • Docent Program – This program offers training in local and site-specific history. Volunteers then conduct guided tours of the Mordecai House and outbuildings
  • School Field Trips – Almost 10,000 students visit Mordecai Historic Park every year. Join us in our mission to educate students about how life has changed over time
  • Special Events – Several large events are held each year that highlight the history and offerings of Mordecai. Haunted Mordecai and Santa's Trolley are two of our most popular events. Volunteers are needed to assist with a range of activities including special guided tours, crafts, and games
  • Grounds Beautification – There are always projects that need to be done on the grounds and gardens. Volunteers help keep Mordecai looking its best
  • Contact Fran Hunter



  • Free admission to Mordecai Historic Park and City of Raleigh Museum
  • Free admission to select site events, museum events, tours and lectures
  • 10% gift shop discount at Mordecai and City Museum
  • 10% discount on all site rentals
  • The Raleigh Register Program Newsletter
  • Join the Mordecai Square Association! Your donation will help revitalize and preserve one of North Carolina’s most significant historic sites.
  • As a member you also enjoy cross program perks at the City of Raleigh Museum, The Raleigh Trolley, Mordecai Historic Park, Borden, Tucker, and Pope House Museum.
  • Membership Form

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