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Bentonville Battlefield

The Battle of Bentonville was the last full-scale offensive by the Confederate army. See artifacts from the battle, tour the 1855 Harper House, and participate in a hands-on history demonstration. 5466 Harper House Rd., Four Oaks, NC 27524. Johnston County. Tel: 910-594-0789. Cost: Free.... More Info

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African American Cultural Center

2810 Cates Ave., Raleigh, NC 27606. 919-515-5210. Groups can tour the gallery, which has featured the works of artists such as Jaleesa B. Maye, J. Stacy Utley, Phyllis Galembo, and others. College groups will enjoy lectures led by students and staff at the university. Free.

Bennett Place

4409 Bennett Memorial Rd., Durham, NC 27705. 919-383-4345. The site of the largest surrender of the Civil War. Visitors can see a short film and exhibits in the gallery, which tell stories of the Bennet family and the final weeks of the American Civil War. Guided and self-guided tours, scavenger hunts, and living history programs available during the year. Free.

Billy Graham Library

4330 Westmont Dr., Charlotte, NC 28217. 704-401-3200. Tour the home Billy Graham lived in from the age of 9 until he went to college, discover the history of his career through interactive kiosks, and stroll through the Memorial Prayer Garden. Free.

Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson

8884 St. Philip's Rd. SE, Winnabow, NC 28479. 910-371-6613 See the walls of St. Philips Church (1768) and the foundation of Russelborough (ca. 1760), and the home of royal governors Arthur Dobbs and William Tryon. Free.

Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum

6136 Burlington Rd., Gibsonville, NC 27249. 336-449-4846. Groups can explore a unique place where African American boys and girls lived and learned in the 20th century. Visitors can also see the ~1927 Canary Cottage, where Dr. Brown lived and entertained guests, and other historic campus structures. Free.

City of Raleigh Museum

220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh, NC 27601. 919-996-2220. See exhibits on the people, history, and culture of Raleigh. Past exhibits have focused on industries, geography, urban development, media and journalism, artwork, artifacts, and more. Free, suggested donation.

Diggs Gallery

601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Winston-Salem, NC 27110. 336-750-2458. Diggs Gallery is dedicated to the arts of Africa and the African Diaspora in North Carolina. The gallery includes a sculpture garden, murals by John Biggers, and a variety of paintings, prints, and sculptures. Free.

Fort Fisher State Historic Site

1610 Ft. Fisher Blvd. S., Kure Beach, NC 28449. 910-458-5538. Fort Fisher helped to keep the port of Wilmington open to supply Confederate armies. Visitors can walk the tour trail, see exhibit panels, and remnants of the original fortifications. Living history tours are scheduled throughout the year. Free.

Governor Charles B. Aycock Birthplace

264 Governor Aycock Rd., Fremont, NC 27830. 919-242-5581. In 1900, Charles Aycock was elected governor and dedicated himself to improving education in North Carolina. Visitors can have hands-on activities (small fee) and see a typical schoolhouse of the period at this site. Free/Fee.

Gregg Museum of Art & Design

516 Brickhaven Dr., Raleigh, NC 27606. 919-515-3503. A collecting museum at North Carolina State University, including (but not limited to) textiles, ceramics, outsider/folk art, architectural drawings, and furniture. Classes can attend a lecture, or have a tour that focuses on specific objects. Free.

Historic Edenton

108 N. Broad St., Edenton, NC 27932. 252-482-2637. Visit an extensive historic district with architectural styles spanning 250 years, such as the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse National Historic Landmark. Programs and special events are conducted throughout the year. Free.

Horne Creek Farm

308 Horne Creek Farm Rd., Pinnacle, NC 27043. 336-325-2298. Originally the Hauser family farm, visitors can experience life in North Carolina's northwestern Piedmont ca. 1900. The site features the original farmhouse, a tobacco curing barn, a corn crib, fields under cultivation, and a heritage apple orchard. Free.

House in the Horseshoe

288 Alston House Rd., Sanford, NC 27330. 910-947-2051. This house (ca. 1770) was owned by Philip Alston, whose band of colonists seeking independence from Britain was attacked here in 1781. New exhibits on the Indians, colonial crops, and more. Free.

Museums of Fuquay-Varina

131 South Fuquay Ave., Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526. 919-552-5562. Consists of three museums: the first Fuquay Springs Post Office, the 19th-century Ballentine Schoolhouse, and the Centennial Museum. The Centennial Museum collection covers early railroads, tobacco, local history and government, and much more. Free, suggested donation.

Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden

215 South Main St., Kernersville, NC 27284. 336-996-7888. Experience 15 gardens, featuring over 1500 different kinds of plants, at Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden. Learn about herbaceous perennials, shrubs, vines, and ornamental grasses. Free.

Rowan County Nature and Learning Center

Dan Nicholas Park, 6800 Bringle Ferry Rd., Salisbury, NC 28146. 704-216-7803. Groups can enjoy a fun day with nature wide variety of educational programs and activities. Learn about leaf identification, stream ecosystems, and animals. Groups can pan the Miner Moose Gem Mine, where they have the chance to find colorful gemstones. Free/Fee.

Town Creek Indian Mound

509 Town Creek Mound Rd., Mt. Gilead, NC 27306. 910-439-6802. See the reconstructed ceremonial center, exhibits and audiovisual programs, a nature trail, burial house, and more. Programs and special events throughout the year focus on Native American lifestyles. Free.