Everything old is new again at The History Place, whose mission is to foster and promote public knowledge of, and interest in, the history and culture of the peoples of Carteret County and related areas through the collection, preservation, interpretation and documentation of written and tangible artifacts and remains.
This 12,000-square-foot facility houses museum exhibits, the Rodney B. Kemp Gallery with special displays, the Jack Spencer Goodwin Research Library, a conference/classroom, the Les A. Ewen Auditorium/Banquet Hall, the Museum Store and offices. Stop by the Infusion Cafe located inside the building for a cup of tea. The History Place houses an extensive collection of textiles, period clothing, furniture, military memorabilia, glassware and artwork, all representing the past of Carteret County. The library has more than 10,000 books and publications and an extensive photo file documenting the history of Carteret County. The genealogy materials and the Civil War history collections are especially notable. Special exhibits are displayed throughout the year, and year-round programs, seminars and musical events keep Carteret County history fresh and alive.
The Lunch with a Dash of History series with local storyteller Rodney Kemp is a crowd pleaser. The History Place is open Tuesday through Friday 10 AM to 4 PM and the first Saturday of each month. The museum is open free of charge to the public, but donations are always welcome. Special guided tours for schools are free. For a unique and memorable event location, The History Place can be reserved for weddings, receptions or other special events. Volunteers are needed to assist with a variety of responsibilities. See our Volunteer Opportunities section for more information.
Download the app from Our State magazine to keep up with all of our events. Also, bookmark our page to get an insider’s view of everything happening around the County. We are blessed to live in an area so rich with history. The Carteret County Historical Society is proud to be your portal to history along the central coast of North Carolina.