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
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)
3. Museum of North Carolina Traditional Pottery
Hours of Operation Mon – Sat, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Website Seagrove Pottery Heritage
4. North Carolina Aviation Museum
2222 Pilots View Rd # G
Asheboro, NC 27205-9667
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
“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.
7. Pisgah Covered Bridge
(a project of the North Carolina Zoological Park and Botanical Garden)
Hours of Operation Daily
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
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
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
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.
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.
RE/MAX Central Realty
231 S. Fayetteville St
Asheboro, NC 27203