301 N. Wilmington St.
FAX: (919) 733-8582
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Military Museum of Gastonia
Founded by American Legion Post 23, the
museum houses a military section and drum and bugle section sponsored by the
Rambling Rebels Alumni located in Memorial Hall. The exhibits also include
models of ships, planes, weapons, tanks and medal displays. No admission
115 W. Second Ave., Gastonia.
Hours: 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays and other times by appointment.
Call: (704) 866-6068, (704) 824-5487 or (704) 864-0267 for more information.
Located in Stanley, this museum is open for visitors to see pictures,
artifacts and documents from the past. A significant factor in the history
of Stanley was the discovery of a wild magnolia tree by French botanist,
Andre Michaux. The descendants of this tree still live in Stanley.
130 S. Main St., Stanley
Hours: 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, or by appointment
Call: (704) 263-9801
C. Grier Beam Truck Museum
This museum is one of only three truck museums in the United States. Located
in an old-style service station, this museum has a display of trucks dating
back to 1927 that traces the origins of the trucking industry. Special group
tours are available
111 N. Mountain St., Cherryville
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays
Call: (704) 435-3072
Cherryville Historical Museum
Exhibits that follow the history of Cherryville from the early 1800s until
today. One of the interesting exhibits is the painting of a bull. The
American Tobacco Company used the bull to advertise their Bull Durham brand
tobacco. Painted on thousands of buildings in the United States and Europe,
there are only four known paintings existing today on brick buildings. The
bull was painted in 1910 and was covered with plaster for 80 years, but
reappeared in 1991 when the plaster was removed.
109 E. Main St.
Hours: 2 to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Call: (704) 435-8011
Discovery Place is a hands-on science and technology museum.
301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte
Hours: Regular hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; Summer hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday
through Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Call: (800) 935-0553.
Gaston County Museum
The Gaston County Museum — part of a National Register of Historic Places
District — was founded in 1975, and moved into its present quarters in the
historic Hoffman Hotel in 1984.
The museum’s mission is to collect,
preserve, exhibit, and interpret objects; promote and encourage historic
preservation and renovation; promote the desire to increase knowledge of
heritage and history; and to encourage the appreciation of visual arts
through the examples of artistic endeavor.
Visitors are invited to tour the museum’s
main building — the former Hoffman Hotel, c.1852 — which offers
elegantly furnished period rooms; a "Hand-on" Reception Parlor and
furnished historic hotel rooms in the recently renovated third floor; and
changing exhibits which explore art, history, and historic preservation.
North Carolina’s largest public display of horse-drawn vehicles is located
in the Daniel Stowe Carriage House at the south end of the museum grounds.
Adults, families, and students are encouraged
to become part of the museum community through participation in workshops,
study groups, social events, docent and junior docent programs, and other
The Gaston County Museum is in the process of
creating a major new permanent exhibit which will illuminate textile history
in the Carolinas. This exhibit, called "The Ties that Bind," is
scheduled to open in Spring 2001. The museum welcomes donations of diaries,
letters and other documents for research and/or display purposes; and it
also seeks objects relating to mill village life, the economy and technology
from the late 1800s to the present.
131 W. Main St., Dallas
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.,
Every fourth Sunday of the month, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
For information: Call the Museum 24-hour
INFO-LINE (704) 852-6025 or administration (704) 922-7681.
Upcoming events at the Gaston County Museum
Aug. 11: "Blues
Out Back," 6:30 p.m. on the Museum lawn. Free. Features old-times
blues artist George Herbert Moore. Guests are invited to bring picnic
blankets, lawn chairs and may bring a picnic from home. Catered box
suppers available for $8 each by calling the museum at 923-8103, ext. 1
by Aug. 10. Sponsored by Gaston Federal Bank.
to see "Celebrating a New Century."
"Hands-on Clay," 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Free. Informal opportunity for
visitors to work in clay. Also last day to view Georgia Clay; Pottery in
the Folk Tradition
Visual Harvest" opens to the public, now through Oct. 28. This
community-based exhibit, presented in conjunction with the Gaston County
Art Guild, features the best of regional art. All art works will be
available for purchase.
"Framing Your Photos," 4 p.m., Museum Trustee and expert framer
Jean Stewart, owner of the Guild Shop, will present a program illuminating
the details of good photograph framing. Offered in conjunction with Gaston
Together Photo Contest, "Take One." Space is limited; for
reservations call (704) 923-8103, ext. 1 by Sept. 11.
Annual "Best Pie Ever Contest," pie-tasting begins at 2:30 p.m.
Bake one, or even three and enter in this fun contest. Winners receive
ribbons as well as bragging rights for a whole year. The audience gets the
chance to take home a prize-winning pie. All pies will be sold at the
event; proceeds will benefit the museum. Entry blanks are available at the
Museum will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year. A committee is
planning a gala program to be held at the Pamela Kimbrell Warlick
Performing Center. First annual award to be presented at the anniversary
Veteran’s Day Observance, 10:50 a.m., front porch of the museum.
Refreshments will be served after the program
at Sea" quilt exhibit opens. Unique traveling exhibit consists of 18
quilts from around the world. Exhibit closes Feb. 1.
Lincoln County Museum of History
The Lincoln County Museum of History is
located in the Lincoln Cultural Center in downtown Lincolnton.
Organized in the early 1990s, the museum
seeks to collect, preserve and research historic artifacts and events that
occurred in Lincoln County since the first settlers arrived in the late 17th
Visitors to the museum can view one of the
largest collections of Catawba Valley pottery on display in this region,
along with historic documents pertaining to the Battle of Ramseur’s Mill,
a Revolutionary War engagement that happened in what is now downtown
Two art galleries adjoin the museum and these
are open to the public as well.
Address: 403 E. Main St., Lincolnton, NC 28092
Hours: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Call: (704) 732-9055.
Museum of the New South
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Aug. 24. Historic Rosedale is located at 3427 N.
Tryon St. Live jazz by Ziad trio, hors de’oeuvres, dessert and
cocktails. Cost is $10.
The Museum has closed its doors for renovations.
324 N. College St., Charlotte.
Call: (704) 333-1887.
The museum is currently collaborating with other cultural institutions to
Lecturer: 7:30 p.m., Sept. 25. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. Cost is
$10 for members/$12 for non-members. Tickets go on sale at the end of
August. For ticket information, call (704) 372-1000.
Lee Smith, author
and lecturer: 7:30 p.m., Jan. 22, Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. Cost
to be announced.
N.C. Transportation Museum
Admission, free. Daily train rides $5 adults, $4 children, under 3 free.,
Address: 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
Call: (704) 636-2889.
Piedmont Carolina Railroad Museum
This museum has displays depicting all phases of railroad history. An
engine, coach and boxcar are featured in this popular Belmont museum.
4 N. Main St. in Belmont
Hours: Closed Mondays; 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday,
1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Sundays.
Call: (704) 825-4403.
Schiele Museum of Natural History and
The Schiele Museum of Natural History, well
known for its exciting, educational programs and activities for students and
families, is easily accessible from Interstate 85 in Gastonia, N.C.
You may also access the Schiele Web site at www.schielemuseum.org
to learn more about the history, organization, collections and activities of
the Schiele Museum.
The Schiele Museum features these permanent
beautiful dioramas of the five regions of North Carolina from the
mountains to the sea
Hall of North Carolina Habitats —
dioramas of Everglades, Sonoran Desert and Alaskan tundra biomes
Hall of North American Wildlife —
moose, elk, buffalo and other large mammals of North America; birds,
insects, reptiles, amphibians and small mammals of North Carolina
Hall of Earth and Man —
fossils of dinosaurs, mastadon, sabre-tooth cats and other pre-historic
life; displays about Early Man, largest gem and mineral display in North
Henry Hall of the North American Indian —
displays of housing, tools, weapons, adornments and utilitarian objects of
12 tribal groups of five regions of North America. Native voices telling
their own stores.
The Schiele Planetarium offers astrology and
space science presentations for the public each Saturday at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
and each Sunday at 2 and 3 p.m. year-round. Weekday presentations for groups
are available by appointment. During the summer public programs are
presented at 2 and 3 p.m. each day (June through mid-August).
The Schiele Shop features a variety of gifts
and educational items related to nature and history — rocks and minerals,
field guides and books for children or adults, T-shirts, jewelry, puppets,
stuffed animals, posters, Native craft items, toys and games.
The Schiele Museum’s outdoor interpretive
Pine forest, mixed hardwood forest and pond communities typical of
Piedmont North Carolina are all found along the .7-mile Trail For All
Memorial Wildlife Garden —
Planted with species native to the Carolina Piedmont, the Memorial
Wildlife Garden provides food and shelter for wildlife and a contemplative
setting enjoyed by Trail users.
Catawba Indian Village —
Interprets 400 years of Catawba Indian history through the use of
replicated and simulated structures.
Backcountry Farm — Interprets lifeways of the early settlers of this
region through living history presentations in period and reconstructed
The Backcountry Farm and Catawba Indian
Village are open on weekends from May through mid-November and seven days a
week during the summer.
1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia 28054-5199
Museum Admission: $2
for Adults, $1 for Seniors and Students; Gastonia Residents, Museum Members
and Children under 3 admitted free.
Museum Hours: 1-5
p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Open free to all visitors 4-8
p.m. the second Tuesday of each month
1, 2 and 3 p.m. Saturdays; 2 and 3 p.m. Sundays; 2 p.m. Daily June through
mid-August. 2.50 for Adults, $2 for Students, $1 for Seniors.
Schiele Shop Hours: 1-5
p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
Hours, Programs (recorded information): (704) 866-6900; Receptionist, (704)
866-6908; Group Appointments, (704) 854-6576; The Schiele Shop: (704)
866-6924; Membership: (704) 865-6904; Volunteer Opportunities: (704)
Upcoming events at the Schiele
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Mountain State Park
This 3,024-acre park is characterized by rugged peaks and breath-taking views. It is a
favorite of hikers and is enjoyed by others such as bird watchers and picnickers. Visitors
to the park can also enjoy fishing, camping and rock climbing. From the tenderfoot to the
seasoned hiker, a trail awaits you in this beautiful park which is a registered North
Carolina Natural Heritage Area. The park drive has also been designated as one of North
Carolinas scenic byways.
Location: Follow signs off U.S 29/74.
Duke Power State Park
Located on Lake Norman with 13 miles of shoreline and its own 33-acre lake, the park
features tent and trailer camping (no electric hook-ups), rowboat rentals, hiking and
private boat access to Lake Norman.
Kings Mountain National
On Oct. 7, 1780, an attack by frontiersmen from the Carolinas, Georgia and Virginia broke
up Britains southern campaign. American patriots killed, wounded or captured the
entire force of more than 1,100 Tories. The battlefield ridge is located near the center
of the 3,950-acre park with several monuments. A visitors center features exhibits
and informative films. There is also a self-guided trail leading to the main features of
Address: Located 15 miles from Gastonia in Blacksburg,
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Closed on Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Years Day.
Kings Mountain State Park
This 6,832-acre park features scenic drives and nature and hiking trails. There are two
lakes for swimming, fishing and boating. There is also a bridle trail and stable. Visitors
may camp and picnic year-round. The parks Living History Farm recreates an Upcountry
homestead of the 1850s.
Address: Located at 1277 Park Road in Blacksburg, S.C.
Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Easter to October and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. from October
North Carolina Zoological
More than 1,000 exotic animals living in spacious natural habitats make this a great
Address: The park is located on N.C. 159 in Asheboro.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through October and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March
and is open every day of the year except Christmas Day.
Call: 800-488-0444 for admission prices.
South Mountains State
12,288 acres in Southern Burke County, Primitive camping, youth tent/group camping, bridle
trails, fishing, nature/hiking trails, nature programs and picnicking Trailer parking
available. Picnic shelter (with reservations).
North Carolinas largest man-made lake, built by Duke Power. The lake features more
than 520 miles of shoreline and hosts events throughout the season.
Located south of Gaston County, Lake Wylie is Duke Powers oldest man-made lake. An
estimated 325 miles of shoreline are shared by North and South Carolina.
Details: For more information, call the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce at 803-831-2827 or
write to P.O. Box 5233, Lake Wylie, S.C. 29710.
Located near Kings Mountain. Boating, camping, fishing, off Oak Grove Road, from Memorial
Day to Labor Day. Call lake office for information on fees.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
The 450 acres of rolling meadows and woodlands are destined to become one of the most
beautiful gardens in the world and it is projected that when complete, the garden will
attract more than 80,000 visitors annually.
The garden offers annual fall and spring plant sales,
gardening programs for adults and children, and a gift shop.
Address: 6500 S. New Hope Road in Belmont, is located
on the banks of Lake Wylie.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Iron Gate Gardens
Enjoy this well-established 30-year-old garden as you stroll down brick walkways
surrounded by ornamental shrubs, perennials and a colorful display of more than 1,500
varieties of daylilies and hostas.
Dates: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays,
April 1 through Aug. 1. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Address: 2271 County Line Road, Kings Mountain
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