Raleigh has a rich history that started when it was established as the capital of North Carolina in 1792. The historic sites in Raleigh pay tribute to every aspect, from battles to social movements. These are the key monuments, parks, and other historic landmarks you must see, whether you’re new to the area or have lived here for years.
The Memorial Belltower at NCSU
The Memorial Belltower was built to pay tribute to NCSU alumni who died in World War I. The building of the belltower began in 1921, although construction was halted during the Great Depression and again during World War II. The formal dedication of the memorial was held in 1949, and today, the 115-foot monument is a symbol of the University and a rallying point for the campus community. It also serves as the starting point and the finish line for the annual Krispy Kreme Challenge!
Mordecai Historic Park
Mordecai Historic Park is the site where one of the largest plantations in Wake County once existed. Visit the oldest house in Raleigh on its original location, as well as the birthplace of President Andrew Johnson in the park. Around Christmastime, the park is one of the most beautiful historic sites in Raleigh to visit, with its cozy and informative candlelight tour.
Historic Oak View County Park
Historic Oak View County Park is a 19th-century historic farmstead that hosts educational programs, events, and exhibits. The visitor center houses exhibits on North Carolina’s agricultural heritage and rural history. Take the self-guided walk through the farm buildings, and don’t leave without feeding the friendly resident goats!
North Carolina State Capitol
North Carolina State Capitol is one of the top historic sites in Raleigh to visit. Take a self-guided tour any day of the week or go on a guided tour on Saturdays. The gorgeous Greek Revival-style building was built in 1840 and is a National Historic Landmark. Admire the Capitol’s Rotunda, peek inside the Governor’s Office, and take a look around the State Library Room.
Haywood Hall & Gardens
Haywood Hall is the former residence of one of Raleigh’s most prestigious families, and it is the oldest house within the original city limits that remains on its original foundation. The house museum contains Haywood family portraits, original furnishings, and a permanent doll collection. The towering oak trees and picturesque gardens make this site a popular outdoor wedding venue.
North Carolina Executive Mansion
The North Carolina Executive Mansion has been the official residence of North Carolina’s governors since 1891. Built from native materials, the building is as gorgeous as its lush gardens. The building’s exterior hasn’t changed much over the years – look closely at the red sidewalk pavers and you can see the etched initials of convicts from the State Prison who laid the bricks.
Yates Mill County Park
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and visit one of the most unique historic sites in Raleigh, Yates Mill County Park. The park’s educational programs, events, and exhibits interpret Raleigh’s agricultural heritage and history, and the wildlife refuge protects the area’s indigenous animals and plants. Tour the water-powered gristmill for a behind-the-scenes look at how the corn is ground or take a relaxing stroll around the lake. Either way, there’s a great photo opportunity everywhere you look!
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