I’ll Bet You Didn’t Know This About Randolph County… How Many Museums Do We Have??

So, you live in Asheboro, and you think you know pretty much all there is to know about the area, right??

Well, I was born here, and I grew up here, but the longer I live here, the more I realize that there’s a whole bunch of stuff I DON’T know about my hometown of Asheboro.

I am participating in the Leadership Randolph program this year through the Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce. I knew it would be interesting, but I had NO IDEA how cool our information sessions and field trips would be.

Today, our theme was History and Government. I won’t even begin to try and explain all I learned, but I do want to share this fact with you:

Did you know that we have more than 10 museums in Randolph County? Mac Whatley has numbered and described them on his blog: http://randolphhistory.wordpress.com/museums-in-randolph-county/

Did you know that there were that many?

I highly recommend that you not only check out his blog, but you should also make a point to visit each and every one of these museums.

I know I will.

This is the way Mac Whatley has them listed:

1. American Classic Motorcycle Co.’s Harley Davidson Museum

1170 US Highway 64 W
Asheboro, NC 27205-2250
(336) 629-9564

No website.

Here’s the TDA page: http://www.heartofnorthcarolina.com/things-to-do/index.pl?id=517

2. Jerry Neal’s John Deere Vintage Tractor Museum

5507 Snyder Country Rd

Trinity NC 27370

Mon – Fri:  10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sat:              9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sun:             2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Admission $5 per person; $4 group rate (Group Tours by appointment only)

Phone 336-861-6959

Website:  http://nealsjohndeeretractors.com

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Trinity-NC/John-Deere-Vintage-Tractor-Museum/191118855396

3. Museum of North Carolina Traditional Pottery

127 E Main Street

Seagrove NC 27341

Hours of Operation Mon – Sat, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Admission FREE

Phone 336-873-7887

Website Seagrove Pottery Heritage

4. North Carolina Aviation Museum

2222 Pilots View Rd # G
Asheboro, NC 27205-9667
(336) 625-0170

Adult admission $8; Students (under 18) $5; children five and under get in absolutely FREE.

“Normal Schedule” (April 1st through October 31st) Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday, from 1-5 p.m.

“Pre-Winter Schedule” The NCAM will be closed on Mondays throughout November, but otherwise will be operating under normal hours (Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.).  The museum is also closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

“Winter Schedule,” Dec. 1st to April 1st.  Closed Mondays and Tuesdays; open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, from 1-5 p.m.


5.  North Carolina Pottery Center

250 East Ave
Seagrove, NC 27341
(336) 873-8430

Promoting public awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina.”


6.  Patterson Cottage Museum

Town of Liberty

239 S. Fayetteville St.

Liberty, NC 27298

Originally constructed in 1885 By Dr. Armstead Jackson Patterson as a retirement home for his parents, some two blocks to the north of its present location.  The house survived an 1895 fire that largely destroyed downtown Liberty, and was relocated to the Town Hall property in 1974.  In 1976 the building was renovated for use as a museum, and has occasional guided tours.

See http://greensboring.com/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=1942 andhttp://www.liberty-nc.com/ .

7.  Pisgah Covered Bridge

(a project of the North Carolina Zoological Park and Botanical Garden)

6875 Pisgah Covered Bridge Rd.

Asheboro NC 27205

Hours of Operation Daily

Admission FREE

Phone 800-488-0444 or  336-879-7000

Website North Carolina Zoo , or


8.  Richard Petty Museum

142 W Academy St
Randleman, NC 27317-1502
(336) 495-1143
Open Mon-Sat 9am-5pm

No website.  This is the proverbial family trophy case that grew and grew.

Here are some reviews: http://www.insiderpages.com/b/3717498706

9.  Ramseur Community Museum

1517 Main Street, Ramseur, NC 27316
Emily Johnson (336-879-3673); Carol Akers (336-824-2361)

Established by local citizens to showcase the history of eastern Randolph County.


10.  St Paul Museum

411 High Point St
Randleman, NC 27317-1530
(336) 498-2447


This 1879 brick church was built for the Randleman Methodist Episcopal congregation founded in 1855.  It merged with Naomi Methodist Church in 1948 to become First Methodist Church, and the last religious service was held here in 1951. The church became St. Paul Museum in 1968, run by the North Randolph Historical Society.  It features faded frescoes by Kernersville founder Jules Koerner.

11.  Sunset Theater

City of Asheboro Parks and Recreation Department

234 Sunset Avenue
Asheboro, NC 27204
336-626-SHOW or 336-626-1240

The theater was built in 1928 by the Cox Family and opened as the Sunset Theater in 1930.


12.  Trinity Historical Museum

Dr. Thomas Winslow House

7524 NC Hwy 62, Trinity NC 27370

(336) 431-9456

Fax: (336) 431-6525

Contact: Fran Andrews

The Trinity Historic House Museum is located in the former home of Trinity physician Dr. Thomas Winslow. The house, built in 1866, was established as a local history museum in 1998. It is owned and operated by the Trinity Historic Preservation Society.

Photos: http://www.inst.ncecho.org/Thumbnail.aspx?searchterm=00658

13.  American Textile History Museum Collection Storage Facility

Warehoused in the Franklinville Area

The American Textile History Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts is the premier museum of the textile industry in America.  Its extensive collection of American-made textile machinery is warehoused in Randolph County, and is open to academics, professionals and students by appointment only.  Local contact can be made through Mac Whatley at macwhat [at] asheboro.com.

The American Textile History Museum
491 Dutton Street
Lowell, MA 01854-4221
Telephone: (978) 441-0400
Fax: (978) 441-1412


14.  Deep River Cotton Mill Museum

Andrew Hunter Road, Franklinville


The Randolph Heritage Conservancy, Inc., is the owner of the 1838 Franklinsville Manufacturing Company, which it plans to restore and operate as a historic site telling the story of the Southern industrial revolution.  Designated in 2009 as the county’s third official Historic Landmark, the factory began spinning and weaving cloth in March 1840.  In honor of the 170th anniversary of manufacturing at this historic site, we are pursuing a campaign to preserve the structure and open the site to visitors as soon as possible.

For further information, or to volunteer, call Mac Whatley at 336-629-1989 or email savethemill [at] live.com.

visit my website: http://www.WaynetteAraj.com.  and search the MLS like Realtors do.

Waynette Araj

RE/MAX Central Realty

231 S. Fayetteville St

Asheboro, NC 27203


email: wharaj@triad.rr.com


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