Nearly 400 years of history is retold at the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex. The museum’s exhibits provide a larger context to the patriotism and revolutionary activity that occurred in southern North Carolina. The story of patriotism in this area, however, is made more interesting by the presence of Scottish Highlanders, who settled this area beginning in the 1730s. They took a loyalty oath prior to immigrating to the colonies, and the American Revolution divided their loyalties between the desire for independence and their status as British subjects who swore allegiance to the king. These divided loyalties were tested at the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge where Scottish patriots met and defeated Scottish Tories. After the Revolution, the State House in Fayetteville would be the site where North Carolina delegates ratified the U.S. Constitution, making North Carolina the twelfth state to join the Union. A large relief mural of the State House is unique to see. A visit through the museum’s American Revolution gallery lifts history from the pages of textbooks and places you in the midst of the events. The museum’s exhibit creates a clearer understanding of American Independence in the Cape Fear region.
Hours: Open to the public. Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Monday.
Next Stop: Make a right onto Arsenal Avenue. Make a left onto Bradford Avenue. Make a right onto Hay Street. Make a left onto Bragg Blvd. Make a right onto Rowan Street. Rowan Street becomes Grove Street. Make a left onto North Eastern Blvd. Continue on North Eastern Blvd/US-301 North until the Middle Road exit on the right. Take the exit and make a left onto Middle Road. Make a left onto Dunn Road (301 N). Bear straight/left onto Sisk Culbreth Road. Make a left onto Old Bluff Church Road.