Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex

801 Arsenal Ave, Fayetteville, NC 28305 - United States

910-500-4240

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Free Everyday

The historical complex includes the museum building with more than 400 years of history seen in eye-popping exhibits; the 1897 Poe House, a late-Victorian house museum; and the historic Arsenal Park, the remains of an ordnance factory that served both the Federal and Confederate governments.

The museum, which is part of the NC Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources, opened in June of 1988, and since that time acquired and restored the 1897 Poe House and constructed a steel semblance of one of the arsenal’s four octagonal towers. In addition, the c.1840 Culbreth House was moved on site and restored. Combined with the museum proper, these historical resources spread nearly seven acres to create a historical complex unparalleled in the southeastern United States. The region’s rich and diverse history come to life for visitors through exhibitions, living-history programs, demonstrations, and other activities.

The Cape Fear region and its environs are steeped in history. Native Americans settled the region; European immigrants, many of whom brought along their slaves, followed and found the land suited to their needs; Carolinians ratified the United States Constitution here; steamboats plied the Cape Fear River, connecting the region through trade to the rest of the nation and parts of Europe; and the Civil War ravaged towns and countryside alike.

These stories, and more, unfold before visitors in the museum. Tours, special events, interactive programs, and living history demonstrations, enable the museum to connect with and relate to history.

Plan A Visit:
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.; Closed on all Mondays, New Year's Day, Easter, July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Individuals/Families: Tour the museum and Arsenal Park at your leisure.
Guided tours of the 1897 Poe House are given at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm, Tuesday through Friday; and at the top of the hour on Saturday and Sunday. Please go to the museum lobby and let the front desk attendant know you are interested in a tour.

Exhibits

Tour the museum and Arsenal Park at your leisure.
Guided tours of the 1897 Poe House are given at the top of the hour on Saturday.
Please go to the museum lobby and let the front desk attendant know you are interested in a tour.

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