Historical Attractions in the Region:

From the Revolutionary War to the Civil Rights movement


Thomas Day House/Union Tavern, Milton, NC - Thomas Day was a free black furniture craftsman and cabinetmaker in Milton, NC. His home and workshop are now a museum.

International Civil Rights Center and Museum, Greensboro, NC - The International Civil Rights Center & Museum is an archival center, collecting museum and teaching facility devoted to the international struggle for civil and human rights. The Museum celebrates the nonviolent protests of the 1960 Greensboro sit-ins that served as a catalyst in the civil rights movement.

Greensboro Historical Museum, Greensboro, NC - The museum celebrates Greensboro’s local culture and the city’s prominent place in American history. Collections document the many different nationalities and people who impacted the county’s history: Native Americans, Germans, African Americans, Quakers and Scots-Irish. Archives and artifacts relate to the lives of prominent Guilford County residents, such as David Caldwell, First Lady Dolley Madison, Governor John Motley Morehead, author O. Henry and educator Charles Henry Moore.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Gardens, Raleigh, NC - First public park in the United States solely devoted to Dr. King and the civil rights movement.

Richard B. Harrison Library, Raleigh, NC - The Lee Collection is a major draw for researchers interested in African-American history, with more than 8,000 volumes.

African American Cultural Complex, Raleigh, NC - A unique collection of artifacts, documents and displays of outstanding contributions made by African Americans that are housed in several buildings along a picturesque nature trail. There is no admission, however donations are welcomed. The museum is open by appointment only.

Alexander Dickson House and Hillsborough Visitor Center, Hillsborough, NC - Features an office used by Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston in April 1865 during the Civil War. The property also features 18th and 19th century medicinal and herb garden. The house serves as the Hillsborough Visitors Center, including a small gift shop.

Orange County Historical Museum, Hillsborough, NC - Offers permanent and special exhibits all year round. Permanent exhibits explore the development and history of Hillsborough in a chronological fashion, beginning with early Native American settlements, progressing through the 1950s. Special exhibits explore a variety of topics relevant to Orange County history and are displayed in the first and second-floor galleries.     

Wall Mural, Milton, NC - Although Milton has a long history dating back to the Revolutionary War, many of its landmarks have been lost through fires or decay. This  public art piece alludes to many historic architectural elements as well as individuals, and  a forgotten way of life as it was during Milton's evolution. The mural is approximately twenty feet high and fifty five feet long,

Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, Danville, VA - Promotes art and history in the Dan River Region through rotating gallery exhibitions, a Civil War exhibit, local history, an auditorium, and a children’s “See & Do” room. Programs include an annual storytelling festival, concerts, guided tours, Historical Halloween cemetery tour, and other educational and cultural events.  It's located in the historic home of Major William T. Sutherlin on Millionaires Row.

Index of Historical Sites in Danville, VA

Revolutionary War exhibit “Crossing of the Dan” in the Prizery, South Boston - One of the most important events in the American Revolutionary War, The Crossing of the Dan is designated an “Historical Event of National Prominence.” American General Nathaniel Greene achieved one of the greatest victories of the American Revolution, not in battle but by succeeding in a maneuver remembered today as "The Crossing of the Dan."  The crossing of Greene's Army across the Dan River from North Carolina into Virginia was the climactic moment of the famed "Race to the Dan," a chase across North Carolina that began after American forces stunned British troops at the Battle of Cowpens in South Carolina. Gen. Greene aimed his army for the Dan River, a wide and important natural barrier, and was able to prevent Cornwallis from crossing. This became a turning point in the war.

Walking homes tour, Danville, VA - The Danville Historical Society offers three guided walking tours of National Register Historic Districts.