Mordecai Historic Park

Last updated Jan. 12, 2015 - 1:54 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.
  • 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.



  • 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



  • 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

  • 919-996-4364
  • Director Douglas Porter | Assistant Director Brynn Hoffman


  • 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
  • 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
  • $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



  • $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

  • 919-996-4361
  • Director Douglas Porter | Assistant Director Brynn Hoffman
  • Grounds
  • Chapel

Policies & Prices

  • The Visitor Center will offer rental packages very soon!
  • Currently, 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

  • FREE Friday - January 16th from 10am-4pm - Come out to Mordecai Historic Park for a FREE tour of the Mordecai House, grounds, and outbuildings. Free tours are only offered twice a year, so don't miss out on this great opportunity! Tours begin every 30 minutes. The first tour begins at 10am and the last tour begins at 3pm. Tours are first come, first served. Please call 919-996-4364 for more information.
  • Historic Hearth Cooking and Weaving Demonstrations - February 7th and March 7th from 10am-4pm - Come out and enjoy free demonstrations of historic hearth cooking and weaving on the property. No registration is required.

Volunteers & Members

  • 919-996-4362


  • 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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