CAROLINA MONTHLY|Written by Andrea Sturdivant|May 19, 2017
In North Carolina, you don’t just learn about history, you get to experience and get involved with it.
Did you know that North Carolina is one of 13 original colonies that has a fascinating history?
Explore North Carolina’s captivating history – from seeing where flight began at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk to standing in the place where the sit-in movement began at the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro.
The Wright Brothers National Memorial
The Wright Brothers National Memorial is the place where the wind, sand, and a dream of flight brought Wilbur and Orville Wright spent many years working on the mysteries of flight.
Go back in time and experience the Flight Line the spot where the Wright brothers first took flight and the locations where they landed. Take a visit to the wright brothers national memorial where Wilbur and Orville Wright achieved greatness by the first successful airplane flights on December 17, 1903 changing our world forever.
The House in the Horseshoe
The House in the Horseshoe, also known as the Alston House, is a historic house in Carthage, North Carolina in Moore County. The home was built in 1772 by Philip Alston.
The home was the site of a battle between loyalists under the command of David Fanning and patriot militiamen under Alston’s command. The battle ended with Alston’s surrender to Fanning, in which Alston’s wife negotiated the terms with the loyalists.
Oconaluftee Indian Village
Step back in time to 1760. Imagine that you’re entering the soft trails of the village while witnessing the challenges of Cherokee life at a time of rapid cultural change as European settlers invaded Indian lands. You see and smell the faint tang of wood smoke wafts as you are led by a Cherokee cultural expert on an interactive journey through Cherokee lifestyle and history.
As you walk through the winding paths, flanked with traditional Cherokee dwellings, work areas, and sacred ritual sites. Experience the happiness in cultural dances amid the beautiful swaying oaks and sycamores. As you walk through the Oconaluftee village you get to see the villagers sculpt pottery and masks, weave baskets, fashion beadwork and hull canoes.
Explore the village in depth and watch as the villagers prepare for war as they amaze you by a blowgun demonstration. Visit Oconaluftee Indian Village in Cherokee, North Carolina it is much more than just a place, it is North Carolina’s great living history.
Battleship North Carolina
Walk the decks of the marvelous Battleship North Carolina near downtown Wilmington for an intimate reminder of the sacrifice and bravery of the young men who served on this 728-foot ship during World War II, earning it 15 battle stars. The Battleship North Carolina is moored along Cape Fear River across from the Wilmington Riverwalk, a scenic boardwalk with shops, restaurants and museums.
North Carolina has a treasure chest full of places where history was made and still comes alive. North Carolina’s state historic sites offer unique glimpses into our past and collectively tell the story of our state from Native Indian settlers to per-colonial times to World War II. We welcome you to experience them all.