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Mordecai Historic Park

Last updated May 08, 2015 - 2:12 pm
Ellen Mordecai Garden
  • Year 1785 | Acres 3.2 | Landmarks In the heart of downtown Raleigh
  • New Visitor Center now open!
  • Mordecai Historic Park was once the site of the largest plantation in Wake County
  • The Mordecai House is the oldest house in Raleigh on its original location
  • The recreated 19th century kitchen garden is based on documentation left by Ellen Mordecai in her memoir and letters.
  • Birthplace of 17th President, Andrew Johnson ca. 1795
  • Read about the Mordecai Plantation, the enslaved workers, and the family that lived in the Mordecai House from 1785-1964
  • Trolley tours do not operate in January or February.

Site Tours & Visitor Center

Visitor Center

Visitor Center & Parking

  • Please begin your trip to Mordecai Historic Park at the Visitor Center. Here you will find tour tickets and park information, as well as the gift shop and a state-of-the-art classroom. The exhibit space will be completed in 2015.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Public tours are not offered when field trip groups are on site in the morning. Please call 919-996-4364 to check on tour availability.
  • The Visitor Center is a short walk from the parking area which lines Mimosa Street. Simply follow the walking signs through the park to the Visitor Center which stands on the corner of Cedar Street and Wake Forest Road.

Admission

Admission

  • Tickets for the guided tour may be purchased at the Visitor Center.
  • Tours of the Mordecai house and outbuildings are offered at the top of the hour. Tours are offered at the top of the hour. Tours begin at 10am and the last tour begins at 3pm. Each tour is approximately 50 minutes.
  • Pricing: Adults - $5, Senior - $3, Youth - $3. Children 6 and under are free.
  • Public Tours are not offered when school groups are on site.
  • Please call 919-996-4364 Tuesday – Sunday to check on tour availability.

  • 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

Historic Structures & Landscape

  • Mordecai House ca. 1785/1826
  • Cure barn ca. 1840
  • Overseer’s Office ca 1840
  • Ellen Mordecai Garden ca. 1842
  • Mordecai Spring
  • Allen Kitchen ca. 1842
  • Andrew Johnson Birthplace ca. 1800
  • Badger Iredell Law Office ca. 1810
  • St. Mark's Chapel ca. 1847
  • Bouchall-Danielson House c. 1917

School Field Trips

Admission

Admission

  • 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 and House Program

  • Students will learn how life has changed over time.
  • Students will use their reasoning skills and senses to determine the use of artifacts found within the home.
  • 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

Tour

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

Tour

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.

Trolley

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

Trolley

Tours

  • Trolley tours do not operate in January or February.
  • Leaves from Mordecai Historic Park on Saturdays, March through December, at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm.
  • Enclosed and air-conditioned.
  • Admission: $10 adults, $4 youth (7-17), $0 children (6 and under)
  • Tours begin and end at Mordecai Historic Park and last approximately one hour.

Charters

Charters

  • One hour private tour of downtown Raleigh
  • $200 (includes trolley, guide and driver)
  • $100 refundable damage deposit (allow approx. 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

Rentals

Rentals

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

Site Rentals

Visitor Center

Visitor Center

  • The Visitor Center (can include the exhibit gallery and classroom spaces).
  • Visitor Center classroom space is available from 10am-11pm.
  • Exhibit Gallery is available from 3-11pm.
  • Classroom: $75/hr (min - 2hrs, max 8hrs)
  • Exhibit Gallery w/ Classroom: Residents - $100/hr, Non-residents - $150/hr (min - 2hrs, max 8hrs)
  • Additional fees: $15 application fee, $100 refundable damage deposit fee, $50 alcohol permit fee (if applicable), $80 Visitor Center cleaning fee (if applicable)
  • Please note: all music and alcohol service must end by 9:30pm in all rented spaces. All people must vacate all rented spaces by 11pm. The time between 9:30-11pm is meant to be used to clean up and gather all belongings.

  • Grounds
  • Chapel

Park grounds

  • Mordecai Historic Park grounds (includes St. Mark's Chapel, a small changing room, and the park grounds).
  • St. Mark's Chapel and the park grounds are available from 10am-11pm.
  • St. Mark's Chapel and park grounds: Residents - $100/hr, Non-residents, $150/hr (min - 2hrs, max 8hrs)
  • Additional fees: $15 application fee, $100 refundable damage deposit fee, $50 alcohol permit fee (if applicable), $80 Visitor Center cleaning fee (if applicable)
  • Please note: all music and alcohol service must end by 9:30pm in all rented spaces. All people must vacate all rented spaces by 11pm. The time between 9:30-11pm is meant to be used to clean up and gather all belongings.

Events & Exhibits

Reenactment

Upcoming Events

  • A Soldier's Walk Home - May 20th from 6-8pm. At the end of the Civil War, Washington Duke walked across North Carolina for many miles to find his way home to the Duke Homestead. In May, the NC Department of Cultural Resources and Mordecai Historic Park will be sponsoring A Soldier's Walk Home as Duke's path is retraced across the state. Join us for a night around the campfire with Washington Duke as he recounts his journey and talks about his life before, during, and after the Civil war.
  • Shape Note Singing - May 24th from 2-4pm. Join the Triangle Shape Note Singers in our Visitor Center as they sing in this traditional style. You are welcome to join in or just listen. This event is free and registration is not required.

Volunteers & Members

  • 919-996-4362
Volunteers

Volunteers

  • 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

Membership

Membership

  • 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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