Historic Resources and Museum Program Strategic Plan Digital Resources Borden Building John Chavis Memorial Park Carousel City of Raleigh Museum Fred Fletcher Amphitheater Historic Raleigh Trolley Latta University Historic Park Moore Square Mordecai Historic Park Pope House Museum Pullen Park Amusements Tucker House HRM Program Collection Volunteer Raleigh Register Newsletter Resources
Parks-related COVID-19 Information:
With the coronavirus, or COVID-19, in the news, we wanted to update you on how Raleigh Parks is addressing the issue. The City of Raleigh, Wake County Public Health, and other local partner organizations are taking measures to prepare for the potential spread of the virus, which includes considering the safety of our park participants, volunteers, and visitors.
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The Historic Resources and Museum (HRM) Program oversees operations and programs at the Borden Building and Stone Circle at Fletcher Park, the City of Raleigh Museum, the Fred Fletcher Amphitheater at Fletcher Park, John Chavis Memorial Park Historic Attractions, the Latta House and University Site, Moore Square, Mordecai Historic Park, the Pope House Museum, Pullen Park Historic Attractions, and the Historic Raleigh Trolleys.
Historic Resources and Museum Program Strategic Plan
The purpose of the Historic Resources and Museum Program Strategic Plan is to set strategic goals for the Historic Resources and Museum Program, to identify unique characters and strengths of Raleigh’s heritage ecosystem. The Historic Resources and Museum Program Strategic Plan integrates with the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources System Plan as well as the City of Raleigh Strategic Plan.
Get creative with the Historic Sites and Museums Coloring Book.
Discover the over 13,000 objects in the Historic Sites and Museums Program Collection Online.
Fred Fletcher park is home to the historic Borden Building. The Borden Building is one of two remaining buildings on the former campus of the Methodist Home for Children. Built in 1900, the building is available for special event rentals.
John Chavis Memorial Park Carousel
John Chavis Memorial Park, formed in 1937, is home to the historic Allan Herschell Carousel.
Ride tickets can be purchased at the park. Various special events and programs are held throughout the year.
City of Raleigh Museum
The museum curates temporary and permanent exhibits about the city's people, places, and resources, maintains a collection of approximately 10,000 artifacts and offers educational programming and tours. Visit Friends of CORmuseum for information on supporting the museum.
Fred Fletcher Amphitheater
Fred Fletcher Amphitheater is located in Fred Fletcher Park, close to the historic Borden Building. The Amphitheater can accommodate up to 300 people and is available for special event rentals.
Historic Raleigh Trolley
Historic Raleigh Trolley Tours depart from Mordecai Historic Park every Saturday March through December. The trolley can also be rented for special events and charter tours.
Latta University Historic Park
The Latta University Historic Park is located in the historic Oberlin neighborhood. This two-acre site was home to the Reverend M.L. Latta House and Latta University founded in 1892.
Moore Square was one of five public squares designated in the 1792 plan of Raleigh and has been central to Raleigh’s history for the 225 years since. The newly renovated Square honors Moore Square’s historic heritage, while also establishing a 21st-century urban space.
Moore Square provides a variety of innovative, creative, and exciting programs, ranging from history education to fitness (and much more!) in the heart of downtown Raleigh.
Mordecai Historic Park
Mordecai Historic Park is home to some of Raleigh's greatest historic treasures including the Mordecai House ca. 1785 and the Birthplace of Andrew Johnson. Mordecai Historic Park offers tours, events, field trips, trolley tours, and much more.
Pope House Museum
Built in 1901, the Pope House Museum is the only African-American house museum in the state of North Carolina. The house museum features original furnishings and artifacts giving insight into a remarkable man and family. The museum is open for free tours on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Last tour starts at 2 p.m.
Pullen Park Amusements
Pullen Park is home to some of Raleigh's great family-friendly entertainment! Richard Stanhope Pullen donated the land that is now Pullen Park in 1887 and now it houses the C.P. Huntington miniature train, a historic Gustave A. Dentzel Carousel, pedal boats, and kiddie boats.
Ride tickets can be purchased for amusements at the park. Various special events and programs are held throughout the year.
The Tucker House, located in historic Oakwood, is a beautiful early twentieth-century home available for meetings, weddings, receptions, and parties.
HRM Program Collection
Since its creation in 2012, the Historic Resources and Museum (HRM) Program has the express purpose of protecting and promoting the identified museum and historical resource facilities, programs, and assets within the City of Raleigh.
In addition to supervising nine historic properties, the HRM Program manages more than 21,000 decorative art objects pertaining to local history and material culture. The collection includes but is not limited to furniture, ceramics, silver, fine art, photographs, archives, amusements, glass, and textiles dating from the 17th century to the present day. Many of the objects furnish more than 25 rooms, galleries, or spaces in and around our historic sites. The HRM Program aims to research and present the most authentic settings, exhibits, and programs possible, from the wealthy landowner, to the African American doctor, to the amusements that have been enjoyed by generations.
The online database allows for previewing many of our objects before visiting any of our sites.
Volunteers are always needed at our historic sites and museums. The opportunities are open to everyone and volunteers are an essential part of our success!