North Carolina State & National Historic Sites

See also: North Carolina State Parks in NCpedia for a listing of North Carolina's state parks, many of which have associated historical sites, and links to articles

Tryon PalaceNorth Carolina has a wealth of historic areas, townships, buildings, battle sites and even a World War II battleship! These sites have been witnesses to the births of future presidents, the assemblies of governing bodies, great advances in science and the arts, and the conflicts of armies. The growth and depth of North Carolina's 400 years of existence and impact on the nation and the world can be traced at these historic locations.

Please choose a link from the list of state and national historic sites below (the link will take you to the historic site's website) to learn more about its history, location, and hours of operation.

For links to more history and heritage sites in North Carolina, go to and Additional information is also available online for those sites that are a part of the NC Department of Cultural Resources and its Division of North Carolina Historic Sites.

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Tryon Palace. From the Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens.

[Start of a glide; Wilbur in motion at left holding one end of glider (rebuilt with single vertical rudder), Orville lying prone in machine, and Dan Tate at right; Kitty Hawk, North Carolina], 1902. Image #LC-DIG-ppprs-00592.  Library  of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.




How come Fort Macon is not listed? It is a beautiful site, and also Beaufort, NC, a beautuiful and historic town in it's own right.


Good afternoon,

Thank you for visiting NCpedia and sharing this question.  It's a great question!

The reason Fort Macon is not listed here is somewhat of a technicality. The places listed in this article are generally historic sites that are not part of the NC State Parks system.  Fort Macon is now a State Park and is listed under NCpedia's state parks entry --  There is also an article on Fort Macon --

I have also just added a link to this entry to the state parks page on NCpedia, in the event that others are looking for similar information or have similar questions.

Thank you for pointing this out to us!

Best wishes,

Kelly Agan, NC Government & Heritage Library


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ditto, yasmin




dis was good information


your information was wonderful but your sites for information below were pitiful. I didn't get information.


Thanks for your comment, Yasmin, and for using NCpedia. I'm sorry that you didn't find what you were looking for in the links we provided to the Historic Sites. You could try contacting the individual sites for additional information, or Reference Services at the NC Government & Heritage Library. Their direct email address is Additional contact information may be found for them at Thanks for taking time to post your comment in NCpedia.

Emily Horton, Government & Heritage Library, State Library of NC


Your list is impressive and helpful in that it lists state and national sites but what would really benefit the traveler would be a list that includes local sites as well. Also, an alphabetic list of sites is fairly useless if you're visiting a region of the state. More helpful would be a map with the sites pinpointed and numbered with aN corresponding legend.


Thanks for your input, Karen. We love getting suggestions on how to improve NCpedia. We will consider alternative ways to present this information. is another great resource for travellers. If you have any other ideas, please let us know!

Emily Horton, Government & Heritage Library, State Library of NC

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