Hours: Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.; Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed on Monday. Open to the public.
The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex offers nearly 400 years of history through its exhibits. Ride the trail of history beginning with a 1500 year old dugout canoe used by American Indians from this area. Discover the many modes of transportation that evolved over time. For example, Europeans first arrived in the Cape Fear region in 1524, by sailing vessels. By 1818, steamboats plied the Cape Fear River be - tween Fayetteville and Wilmington. Visitors to the museum can step aboard our steamboat, push a button to operate a toy train, and learn about the abundance of plank roads that kept Fayetteville a viable economic center in the Tar Heel state. The museum's exhibits provide a larger context by which the visitor will achieve a greater understanding and appreciation for how the wheels of transportation shaped our history.