Mordecai Historic Park

Last updated Nov. 07, 2018 - 4:26 pm
Ellen Mordecai Garden

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 meeting space. The permanent exhibit, "The Mordecai Story: Faith, Family, and Community in Raleigh" will be installed in June 2016.
  • 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. There is handicap parking located at the Visitor Center on the Cedar Street side.

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 held Tuesdays-Fridays, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Maximum Student capacity is 81 students.
  • Mordecai offers two program package options, comprised of three - 45 minute programs.
  • Option 1: Mordecai Historic Park Field Trip
  • 1) Mordecai Family & House Program (inside the Mordecai house)
  • 2) Slavery & Plantation Program (on the park grounds and inside the Allen Kitchen)
  • 3) Andrew Johnson Program (inside the Andrew Johnson birthplace and St. Mark's Chapel. Both structures are located on site)
  • Cost: FREE
  • Option 2: Mordecai Historic Park and Raleigh Trolley Field Trip
  • 1) Mordecai Family & House Program (inside the Mordecai house)
  • 2) Slavery & Plantation Program (on the park grounds and inside the Allen Kitchen)
  • 3) Historic Raleigh Trolley Program (a guided trolley tour highlighting Raleigh's history)
  • Cost: $50 for the first trolley and $40 per additional runs.

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.

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

  • 919-996-4363
Visitor Center

Visitor Center

  • Rental Manager
  • 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

Haunted Mordecai

Upcoming Events

  • Who Were Those Mordecais?: December 1, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Have you ever wanted to learn more about the family that lived in the big yellow house on Wake Forest Road? Come join us to hear a presentation by Emily Bingham and meet some of the Mordecai family descendants! Bingham’s book, Mordecai: An Early American Family, is a multi-generational study of the Mordecai family of North Carolina & Virginia. This presentation will take place in the Mordecai Historic Park Visitor Center. Please call (919) 996-4364 for more information.
  • Mordecai Holiday Lantern Tours: December 8, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Join us for our Holiday Lantern Tours and see how the holidays would have been celebrated in years past. These guided tours will take guests through the Mordecai House and grounds to watch vignettes of the Mordecai family, the enslaved people who once lived here, and Civil War soldiers. Advance registration is recommended. Tours will take place rain or shine. Tickets are $5 and nonrefundable. Tours run every half hour from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Please call (919) 996-4364 for more information.
  • Mordecai Holidays Open House: December 15-16, Visit the Mordecai Holidays Open House and see how the home would have been decorated for the holidays in years past. Rooms will be decorated to represent colonial days through the WWII era. You can tour the house at your leisure and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions. You will also be able to participate in crafts, games, storytelling, and holiday photo opportunities around the park! The open house is free, and there is no need to register. The Mordecai Holidays Open House will take place on Saturday, December 15th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, December 16th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please call (919) 996-4364 for more information.

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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