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History & Heritage
Ava Gardner Museum 919-934-5830
325 E. Market St., Smithfield | www.avagardner.org
The Ava Gardner Museum is home to an incredible collection including scripts, photos, costumes, and personal effects of screen legend Ava Gardner. Experience her rise from a local country girl to one of Hollywood’s film goddesses. Born in Smithfield, Ava’s friends and co-stars included Mickey Rooney, Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra and Gregory Peck. Ava Gardner’s grave site is located at nearby Sunset Memorial Park. Hours: Mon-Sat, 9-5pm, Sun 2-5pm. Admission.
Coats Museum, Bell Tower and House 919-894-4443
Coats Estate, Angier
Preserves the collection of textiles, books, farm equipment, and artifacts depicting rural farm living and the Coats Homestead. Of particular interest is a bell tower of over 60 bells of various sizes. Special tours available, open by appointment only.
Hastings House c. 1854 919-934-0887
200 S. Front St., Smithfield | www.downtownsmithfield.com
Built in 1854 for William Hastings, it is one of the two oldest homes in Smithfield. The Hastings House served as the pre-battle command office for General Joseph E. Johnston, Commander of the Confederate troops that marched to stop General Sherman at the Battle of Bentonville, March 19-21, 1865.
Benson Museum of Local History 919-894-1266
102 W. Main St., Benson | www.townofbenson.com
Step into another time at the Benson Museum of Local History which was established in 1987 to collect, preserve, and display items of historical significance related to the Benson area. Visitors will see exhibits on a variety of subjects including farming, home life, local artists, merchants, State Singing Convention, Benson Mule Days, country doctors plus much more. Hours: Wed & Fri 1-5pm, Thur 9-1pm, Sat 9-3pm. Free.
Johnston County Heritage Center 919-934-2836
241 E. Market St., Smithfield | www.jcheritagecenter.org
The Johnston County Heritage Center has become known as one of the best equipped facilities in the country for studying local history and genealogy. An extensive collection of public records, manuscripts, family histories, photographs, vintage newspapers, and artifacts have been assembled to allow scholars, amateur historians, genealogists and students to research the history and culture of Johnston County and its people. Rotating exhibits are located in the museum on the first floor. Free.
Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site 910-594-0789
5466 Harper House Rd., Four Oaks | www.nchistoricsites.org/bentonvi
The Battle of Bentonville, fought March 19-21, 1865, was the last full-scale action of the Civil War in which a Confederate army was able to mount a tactical offensive. This major battle, the largest ever fought in North Carolina, was the only significant attempt to defeat the large Union army of Gen. William T. Sherman during its march through the Carolinas in the spring of 1865. Tour the nearby Harper House, which served as a makeshift hospital, four driving pulloffs, Confederate cemetery and Union earthworks trails. The museum displays and interprets many artifacts from the three-day battle. Hours: Oct-Mar, Tue-Sat 9-5pm, Apr-Sept, Mon-Sat 9-5pm. Free.
Kenly Area Historical Society 919-284-3591
105 W. Second St., Kenly
Museum on Kenly’s history, its people, buildings and homes.
Selma Historic Union Station/ NC AMTRAK 1800-USA RAIL
500 Railroad St., Selma | www.bytrain.org/passenger/citystops/selma.html
This 1924 train station was completely restored in the Fall of 2002. Enjoy exhibits and memorabilia on rail history and the Town of Selma.
Blue-Gray Scenic Byway
I-95, Exit 90, Devils Race Track Rd., Four Oaks | www.byways.org
This Scenic Byway follows the path of General Johnston as he marched from Smithfield to Bentonville towards the battle of March 1865. Begin the winding byway at I-95, Exit 90 on US 701 South, take left turn on Devils Racetrack Road, trail ends at the Harper House at Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site.
Smithfield High School History Room - A.G. Glenn Building
501 S. Second St., Smithfield
This school building c. 1903, showcases school memorabilia from 1903-1969. One special exhibit honors Smithfield HS boys who lost their lives while serving in the armed forces. Open Mon-Fri 8am-4pm.
Boyette Slave and Schoolhouse 919-284-2911
NC Hwy 222, Glendale Rd., Kenly
Listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, this unique mud and stick chimney makes this a historical landmark that everyone must see. It is a one-room log house of hand-hewn planks held together by full dove-tail notches and pegs.
Tobacco Farm Life Museum 919-284-3431
709 N. Church St., Kenly | www.tobaccofarmlifemuseum.org
A 6,000 sq. foot exhibit gallery displays artifacts from all aspects of farm life, along with a hands-on children’s exhibit, household goods, musical instruments, clothing, and agricultural tools. A restored farmstead, with main house, detached kitchen, smoke house, tobacco barn, 1890s one-room school house and reproduction pack house depicts rural life as it was during the Great Depression era. The gift shop offers souvenirs and hand-crafted items. Hours: Tues-Sat 9:30am-5pm. Admission.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Johnston County Visitors Guide 2012-2013
Johnston County Visitors Guide 2012-2013
Facts & Maps
Things to do
history & heritage
nature sites & outdoor recreation
Places to shop
Places to eat
Places to meet
Johnston County Visitors Guide 2012-2013