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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

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.

View the HRM Strategic Plan

View the HRM Strategic Plan - Executive Summary

Digital Resources

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.

Explore the Digital Discoveries with Mordecai Historic Park.

 

Borden Building

View of the outside of the historic Borden Building

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.

Find out more about the Borden Building

John Chavis Memorial Park Carousel

View of the interior of the 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.

Find out more about the Chavis Carousel

City of Raleigh Museum

View of the interior of the 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.

Find out more about the City of Raleigh Museum

Fred Fletcher Amphitheater

View of the stone amphitheater in Fred Fletcher Parkl

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.

Find out more about Fred Fletcher Amphitheater

Historic Raleigh Trolley

Raleigh trolley outside of the Mordecai Historic Park

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.

Find out more about the Raleigh Trolley

Latta University Historic Park

View of the Latta House and University site during an event

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. 

Find out more about the Latta University Historic Park

Moore Square

Moore Square

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.

Find out more about Moore Square

Mordecai Historic Park

View of the exterior of the historic Mordecai house

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.

Find out more about Mordecai Historic Park

Pope House Museum

View of the exterior of the historic Pope House

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.

Find out more about the Pope House Museum

Pullen Park Amusements

Train in tunnel and 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.

Find out more about Pullen Amusements

Tucker House

Exterior view of the Tucker House

The Tucker House, located in historic Oakwood, is a beautiful early twentieth-century home available for meetings, weddings, receptions, and parties.

Find out more about the Tucker House

HRM Program Collection

Painting from the Historic Resources Program collection

Image courtesy of Capital Area Preservation, Inc.

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.  

Find out more about the HRM Program Collection here.

Volunteer

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!

Find out more about Volunteering for the Historic Resources and Museum Program

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Troy Burton, Historic Resources and Museum Program Administrator

Lead Department:
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Service Categories:
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