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Mordecai Historic Park

Last updated Aug. 17, 2015 - 4:27 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 (Weekdays): Residents - $75/hr, Non-residents - $125/hr.
  • Classroom (Weekends): Resident - $100/hr, Non-residents $150/hr
  • Exhibit Gallery w/ Classroom: Residents - $150/hr, Non-residents - $200/hr
  • All rentals have a 2 hour minimum and a maximum of 8 hours. Please inquire for discounted pricing for rentals of 4 or more hours.
  • 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 10:00pm 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 10:00pm 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

  • Shape Note Singing - August 23rd 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.
  • Free Friday - August 21st from 10am - 4pm. Join us for FREE tours of the Mordecai House, grounds, and outbuildings. Free tours are only offered twice a year, so don't miss out on this great opportunity.
  • Lecture: "Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation" - Dr. William C. Harris, Professor Emeritus of History, North Carolina State University - August 23rd at 3pm in the Mordecai Historic Park Visitor Center - FREE
  • Lecture: "Runaway Slaves and Freedom Communities in North Carolina" - Dr. Freddie L. Parker, Julius L. Chambers Endowed Professor of History, North Carolina Central University - August 30th at 3pm in the Mordecai Historic Park Visitor Center - FREE
  • Lecture: "The Underground Railroad" - Dr. Adrienne Israel, Professor of History and African American Studies, Guilford College - September 13th at 3pm in the Mordecai Historic Park Visitor Center - FREE
  • "Escape to Freedom": a Theatrical Experience - September 19th at 5pm, 6pm, 7:15pm, and 8:30pm. In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of emancipation, and in partnership with MOJOAA Performing Arts Company, Mordecai Historic Park will host a theatrical experience, Escape to Freedom, for one night only on September 19, 2015. This one hour guided tour will lead guests through Mordecai Historic Park as they experience plantation life through the eyes of an enslaved person. Tickets are $15 and advanced registration is highly recommended. Please call 919-996-4364 for tickets and more information.
  • Lecture: "Slavery and Slaveholding Households in Antebellum Piedmont North Carolina" - Dr. Daniel Fountain, Associate Professor of History and Department Head, Meredith College - September 20th at 3pm in the Mordecai Historic Park Visitor Center - FREE

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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