Mordecai garden in bloom

Celebrate Raleigh History Month

April is Raleigh History Month

Historic photo of downtown street with shops lining street and people walking around

Fayetteville Street, circa 1925-1950

The City of Raleigh is over 200 years old!

To help you learn more about Raleigh's past, the Historic Resources and Museums Program will be hosting tours, lectures, crafts, and more throughout the month of April.

Classes and programs may be held if they are low-intensity and able to be modified to meet state and local guidelines. All programs are subject to modification or cancellation. View the Raleigh Parks Know Before You Go Guide for Programs

Raleigh History Month Events and Programs

Pullen Park Centennial Celebration

The Dentzel Carousel at Pullen Park Amusements will be celebrating its 100th anniversary on March 28, 2021. Join us for a month of educational and family fun programs throughout the month of April!

Learn more about the Centennial Celebration Programs

Rediscovering Dr. Pope’s Neighborhood Tour - Pope House Museum

Sundays in April, 2 p.m.

Every Sunday in April at 2 pm join us for a tour of Dr. Pope’s neighborhood. From Stronachs Alley to Shaw University, we will rediscover the rich history of the community that once surrounded the Pope House. Tours begin and end at the Pope House Museum and last approximately 30 minutes. Register online using RecLink.

Fee: Adults $6, Youth (7-17) $4 ,Children (6 & under) Free (no ticket needed)

Historic Raleigh Trolley Tours - Moore Square and Mordecai Historic Park

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

The Historic Raleigh Trolley tours will now be offered 3 days a week. On Thursday and Friday, tours will depart from Moore Square. On Saturdays, tours will depart from Mordecai Historic Park. The Historic Raleigh Trolley tours offer a 1-hour enlightening excursion through historic downtown Raleigh. Tours will depart at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. on the scheduled dates. Learn more and register here.

Lunchtime Lecture Series - Moore Square

Fridays in April

Moore Square invites you to participate in the Lunchtime Lecture Series. Join us Fridays in April for these short but fascinating talks highlighting tidbits of Raleigh’s History. The lectures are free, so bring your lunch or order from Square Burger and learn something interesting! Social distancing and masks are required for all participants. Register online using the links below.


Downtown Raleigh Walking Tours - City of Raleigh Museum

Saturdays in April, 10 a.m.

Join us for tours of historic downtown Raleigh! From Raleigh’s origins to present day, this tour will cover the importance of Raleigh’s history to North Carolina and the region. Tours will begin at the historic Briggs Hardware building and will last approximately 30 minutes. 

Fee: Adults $6, Youth (7-17) $4, Children (6 & under) Free (no ticket needed)

Civil War Trolley - Mordecai Historic Park

Sunday, April 11

Take a trip back in time and learn about the Civil War in Raleigh. Early on a rainy April morning in 1865, Raleigh surrendered to the advancing Union army led by General Sherman. Join us on the Historic Raleigh Trolley and visit the historic structures and sites that witnessed these dramatic events. The trolley departs from Mordecai Historic Park and lasts approximately one hour. Call 919-996-4364 for tickets and information. This program is $10 per person. Register for the Civil War Trolley.

A Community's Legacy: African American History Walking Tour - Pope House Museum

Saturday, April 10, and Saturday, April 24, 2 p.m.

Join us for a guided walking tour as we explore the rich African American history along the streets of downtown Raleigh. From stories of entrepreneurs, triumphs, and tragedy, you will discover the legacy of the men and women who lived, worked, and help make Raleigh what it is today. Tours begin and end at the Pope House Museum and last approximately 1 hour. Register online for the Community Legacy Tour

Fee: Adults $10, Youth (7-17) $6, Children (6 & under) Free (no ticket needed)

Raleigh and the End of the Civil War Walking Tour - City of Raleigh Museum

Saturday, April 17, 2 p.m.

Retreating Confederate soldiers, freed slaves, and an invading Union army all made Raleigh a city balancing on the edge of destruction and salvation in the final days of America's bloody Civil War. The City of Raleigh Museum invites you to explore this rapidly changing world of 1865 through a special walking tour of Downtown Raleigh. Join the City of Raleigh Museum as we use letters, diaries, and photographs to reveal life in Raleigh the end of the Civil War. Tours begin at the historic Briggs Hardware and lasts approximately 1 hour. Register online for the Raleigh and the End of the Civil War Walking Tour

Fee: Adults $10, Youth (7-17) $6, Children (6 & under) Free (no ticket needed)

Virtual Exhibits 


The Historic Resources and Museum Program is proud to extend exhibits to reach our audience, digitally. You can now explore Raleigh’s rich and diverse history from the comfort of anywhere. Check out Virtual Exhibits.

Mordecai Historic Park Walking Tours

Daily except for Mondays

Explore Mordecai Historic Park with a walking tour of the house and grounds!

Fee: Adults $7, Youth (7-17) $4, Children (6 & under) Free (no ticket needed)

City of Raleigh Museum Exhibits

Daily except for Mondays

Visit the City of Raleigh Museum to learn about the history and culture of Raleigh. Through a variety of exhibits, you will learn about Raleigh's history, present, and envision its future. 

Pope House Museum Tours

Saturdays and Sundays

Home of Dr. Manassa Pope, The Pope House Museum offers a glimpse into the life of one of Raleigh's most intriguing citizens and African American history in the 20th century. Tours are by appointment only, must be scheduled at least 30 minutes prior to the tour, and will be limited to a family group or 5 people. Call the City of Raleigh Museum to reserve your tour at 919-996-2220. The Pope House Museum offers tours of the house by appointment only. Call 919-996-2220 to schedule your tour. Learn more about tours of the Pope House Museum

Dix Park Civil War History Hike

Saturday, April 17, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Join us to learn about the Union troops who camped on the state hospital grounds in the final days of the war, Raleigh's earthworks that cut through the property, and the impacts of the Civil War on the hospital and patients. This 2-hour outdoor hike will be led by City of Raleigh Museum Director, Ernest Dollar. Hike is free. Registration Required.

Dix Park Guided Walking Tours

Saturday, April 10 at 1 p.m. and Wednesday, April 21 at 5:30 p.m.

Explore Dorothea Dix Park's past, present and future on this 2-hour, 3.5 mile walking tour. Tours are free. Registration required for the April 10 Tour and April 21 Tour.

Dix Park History Video Series 

Explore some of Dix Park's historical points of interest in this video series created by Raleigh's Historic Resources and Museums Program. View the full playlist at