Hours: Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Monday. Open to the Public.
Do you consider an American Indian to be a patriot? Can a steamboat captain be patriotic? Is a Scottish Highlander a patriot if he took a Loyalty oath to Great Britain then fought in the American Revolution? What makes a patriot? What makes someone patriotic? How do you define patriotism? The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex covers nearly 400 years of history where patriots and patriotism are intertwined. As you meander through two floors of exhibits, you will be wrapped up in the historical circumstances that determines one's patriotism. Exhibits on American Indians, early European exploration and settlement, Scottish immigration, the Revolutionary War, the Antebellum years, plank roads, steamboats, the Civil War, agriculture implements, textiles, toys, pottery, and a general store, exist for answering and asking questions about our past and its influences on the present.
The historical complex is also home to the 1897 Poe House, a late-Victorian-era house museum that showcases the life of an upper middle class family from southeastern North Carolina. Mr. Poe, a local businessman, served on various civic committees and on the city's Board of Aldermen. Would you classify Mr. Poe as patriotic? He and his wife, Josephine, made a home for their eight children in their house on Haymont Hill. A tour of their home may provide an indication of this family's patriotism.
A self-guided tour of Arsenal Park completes your visit. Arsenal Park, originally known as the US Arsenal in North Carolina, manufactured ordnance goods for the both the Federal and Confederate governments. Construction started in 1838 and was completed on the eve of the Civil War. On March 14, 1865, the arsenal was laid to waste by Union troops at the command of General William T. Sherman. The same government that built the arsenal had destroyed it. As you walk the grounds of Arsenal Park in North Carolina you will follow in the footsteps of soldiers and civilians, slaves and women, with the opportunity to gain insight into patriotism.