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Living museums in the form of estates, plantations, and mansions with accompanying gardens abound in North Carolina.

Found in cities like Asheville, Greensboro, and the capital city of Raleigh, the historic homes of the Tar Heel State feature tours, exhibits, reenactments, and a look at young North Carolina.

Located in Raleigh in eastern North Carolina, the Pope House Museum is a restored home built in 1901, and found on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

The former dwelling of Dr. M.T. Pope – a significant African American Raleigh resident – the home and museum is set amongst office buildings in downtown’s Third Ward neighborhood. Tours are offered on Saturdays with no admission fee.

Also set in Raleigh and listed on the register, the Joel Lane Museum House was built in 1770, and is Raleigh’s oldest home. Operated by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, the Lane House is known as the birthplace of North Carolina’s capital city – or the Father of Raleigh home – and features tours led by guides in late 1700s costume.

Tours are available daily from March to December, and offered by appointment during the off-season. The Joel Lane Museum House also features events like lectures, holiday celebrations, and the Antiques Appraisal Fair.

Asheville, set in western North Carolina – is also a major site for historic homes. Asheville’s first mansion, the Smith-McDowell House Museum, is an antebellum antique featuring tours, exhibits, and holiday events.

One of North Carolina’s most famed historic homes, the Châteauesque-style Biltmore Estate was built in 1889, and is a U.S. National Historic Landmark. The 75-acre site is open daily, and features a winery, gardens, conservatory, restaurants, and shopping.

Exhibits and guided tours are available at the Biltmore House, covering subjects like architecture, the Vanderbilts, wine, and North Carolina history.

Other Tar Heel state historic homes include the Historic Latta Plantation in Huntersville, and the Blandwood Mansion and Gardens in Greensboro.


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