History and Social Studies

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President James K. Polk State Historic Site

Visit the birthplace of the 11th President and learn about life in Mecklenburg County. Groups can also learn about colonial cooking, have a scavenger hunt, play a picture-matching game, or build their own log cabin. 12031 Lancaster Hwy., Pineville, NC 28134. Mecklenburg County. Tel: 704-889-7145.... More Info

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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.

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

1800 Little River Rd., Flat Rock, NC 28731. 828-693-4178. Visit the home of writer and activist Carl Sandburg. Explore his life through a house tour, farm visit, and writing activity. Younger visitors will love learning about what life was like working on the farm and raising the goats. Free/Fee.

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.

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.

Governor Richard Caswell Memorial

2612 W. Vernon Ave., Kinston, NC 28504. 252-522-2091. An important Revolutionary figure, Caswell was chosen to be North Carolina's first governor. In the Visitor Center, groups can see exhibits on Governor Caswell, and also visit the nearby CSS Neuse. Fee.

Wright Brothers National Memorial

Hwy. 158, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27954. 252-473-2111. Commemorates the first successful, sustained flights of the famous Wright Brothers. See reconstructed camp buildings, reproductions of the 1903 flyer and the 1902 glider, and other exhibits on their contribution to aviation. Fee/Free.