Museums in the Sandhills


Museums are plentiful in the Sandhills for a variety of interests. Golf, history and more! Capturing the history of the past and the connection to present and future.

82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum

C-6841, 5108 Ardennes St, Fort Liberty, NC 28310 34 Miles from Pinehurst

Exhibit Gallery. The gallery is a self-guided, 5600+ square feet area that begins with the Division’s founding in World War I, and continues as a timeline to the present, covering the 82d’s participation in The Global War on Terrorism. All artifacts in the museum are original, and were used by, for, with or against Division Troopers throughout its history.

Museum Theater. Our theater seats 64 people and has a stage area for presentations. The theater is available for booking to host unit training, Tuesday through Saturday during normal hours of operation. A 25 minute movie highlighting 82d Airborne Division history is shown daily on the hour, and by request. It is a great preface to what you will see and read in the main exhibit gallery. The movie is available for purchase in the Gift Shop.

Museum Grounds. Our seven acre site contains The Airborne Airpark, which has almost every aircraft Paratroopers have jumped from since World War II. Captured and used artillery pieces are also on display, including an M-551 Sheridan airdropped into Panama during Operation JUST CAUSE. There are numerous memorials on the grounds. The Division Memorial honors all Soldiers and Paratroopers who have served with the 82d. Other memorials include the street markers from the Old Division area, which were moved when the museum was built, Operation POWER PACK, Golden Brigade Memorial for Vietnam, the 328th Infantry Rock (World War I), 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion and Waal River Crossing Stone, the Global War on Terrorism Memorial, and several others from inactivated units of the 82d.

Tuesday – Saturday: 1000 – 1630

Closed: Monday and Sunday

Open on the following Federal Holidays: MLK Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and Veterans’ Day. Closed all other Federal Holidays.


82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum
Bryant House

Bryant House and McLendon Cabin
Open June through October, the second and forth Sunday from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
3361 Mount Carmel Road, Carthage, North Carolina • Phone/FAX (910) 692-2051,

Restoration of the structure in the early 1970s included straightening of the chimneys and replacement of the shake roof.

Special features include two fine mantels, handmade doors and window sash, hand-hewn heart pine girders and sills. Neither dwelling had been altered prior to restoration and both had been continuously occupied until the 1940s.

The Bryant House properties are located on Mount Carmel Road near the Harris Crossroads west of Carthage, North Carolina. From the traffic circle at Pinehurst, North Carolina, take US 15-­501 north toward Carthage. Drive approximately 3.4 miles and turn left, onto NC 73 West. Drive approximately 3.5 miles and turn right onto Beulah Hill Church Road. The houses are approximately 5.6 miles on the right near the bottom of the hill. Please note, Beulah Hill Church Road changes names to Mount Carmel Road after the second crossroad (Harris Crossroad).

Bryant House
Carolinas Golf Association Hall of Fame
Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame

Founded in 1981, the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have contributed to the game of golf and have a connection to the Carolinas. The plaques commemorating all of the inductees are housed in the convention hall of the Carolina Hotel of Pinehurst Resorts. The Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame is under the care of the Carolinas Golf Association.

Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame
Carthage Museum

Carthage Museum

202 Rockingham St, Carthage, NC 28327

Phone: (910) 947-2216

Hours: Open Sunday’s ONLY from 2pm-5pm.


History of the Tyson Jones Buggy factory and the Town of Carthage.

Carthage Museum
Discovery Place Kids - Rockingham
Discovery Place Kids in Rockingham

233 E Washington St, Rockingham, NC 28379

(910) 997-5266

Hours: Closed Monday’s
Tuesday – Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Discovery Place Kids in Rockingham
Malcolm Blue Farm

1177 Bethesda Rd, Aberdeen, NC 28315

Phone (910) 944-7275 (Aberdeen Parks & Rec Department)

Hours: Must call to schedule a tour


n 1986, a barn-style structure was built for a museum. On the first floor, exhibits have been constructed, with the assistance of the Museum of the Cape Fear, to include Scotland, Cape Fear Scottish Settlers, the Blue Family, Naval Stores, Lumbering, the Pioneer Woman, Tool Room, Farm Equipment and Agriculture. On the second-floor exhibits include the Aberdeen and Rockfish Railroad, Country Store, 19th Century Mourning Etiquette, Pottery, and both Pine Needle and Native American Crafts. Plus a 1800’s Farmhouse.

Malcolm Blue Farm
Museum of North Carolina Traditional Pottery

Dedicated to preserving and perpetuating a 200 year-old pottery tradition, staff at the museum strive to educate new generations about the history and beauty of the pottery made in and around Seagrove, North Carolina.

Pottery Museum
Rankin Museum of American Heritage

24 miles from Pinehurst

131 Church St, Ellerbe, NC 28338

(910) 652-6378

The Rankin Museum has three main areas of interest which include Natural History, Local History, and Native American culture spread throughout the 4,900 square foot facility. The museum was founded based on the lifetime collections of Dr. Pressley R. Rankin, Jr., MD. of Ellerbe and is named in his honor. Exhibit on local legend Andre the Giant

  • Mon By Appointment
  • Tuesday By Appointment
  • Wed 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
  • Thu 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
  • Fri 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
  • Sat 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
  • Sun 02:00 pm – 05:00 pm
Rankin Museum of American Heritage
Sandhills Woman's Exchange

Our front room of the cabin was built circa 1823 at Ray’s Grist Mill, 2 miles NE of Pinehurst. Soon after the Civil War, it was bought by the Archibald Mckenzie family, and used as a kitchen for many years. Light at nighttime was provided by burning pitch pine sticks. The holes where these sticks were placed are still visible in the logs today. Enjoy Lunch in this historic cabin.

15 Azalea Road

PO Box 215
Pinehurst, NC 28370
Across from the Village Chapel

Monday – Friday:
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Closed Saturday & Sunday

Sandhills Woman's Exchange
Shaw House

Shaw House, also known as the Old Shaw Homestead, is a historic home located near Southern Pines, Moore County, North Carolina. It is dated to the early-19th century, and is a 1 1/2-story, three bay, frame dwelling with Federal / Greek Revival style design elements. The house has massive, single-shoulder, dressed sandstone and brick end chimneys, a gable roof, and full-width engaged front porch. It has a rear ell added in the late-19th or early-20th century. Shaw House is thought to be one of the oldest surviving houses in Moore County.It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.

Shaw House, Garner House, Sanders Cabin, Corn Crib, Tobacco Barn
Moore County Historical Association Office, Gift Shop, and Archives​
Open Thursday through Saturday from 1 pm to 4 pm

110 Morganton Road at the corner of SW Broad Street, Southern Pines

Shaw House
Southern Pines Welcome Center & Museum

235 NW Broad St, Southern Pines, NC 28387

Hours: Tuesday- Saturday 10am-4pm

The Welcome Center hosts a historic photo display of Southern Pines and offers maps, brochures and other publications outlining many of the cultural, recreational, and business offerings available in this unique town


Southern Pines Welcome Center
Taxidermy Hall Of Fame Of NC/Antique Tool Museum/Creation Museum

Located inside: Christian Book Store at 156 NW Broad St. Southern Pines, NC 28387

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm

Phone: (910) 692-3471


On exhibition is every kind of taxidermized North Carolina wildlife (within the law), state and national taxidermy ribbon winners and the oldest rock on earth. Located downtown in historic Southern Pines. Free. Free Fudge sample in the bookstore.

Taxidermy Hall Of Fame Of NC
World Golf Hall of Fame

Opening just prior to the 2024 U.S. Open in June, the WGHOF is making a return to its original home in Pinehurst. The USGA has deep experience in collecting and preserving golf history. The facility will be very convenient for visitors, resort guests and golfers. Displays will be created with flexibility to change them periodically, so an ever-evolving experience for all. Picture Courtesy of the USGA.

World Golf Hall of Fame
The Tufts Archives

The history of Pinehurst is on display across the resort’s grounds, but for a comprehensive account of everything that took this special place from its origins in 1895 to today, the Tufts Archives is unmatched. Located within The Given Library across from The Holly Inn, this collection houses original maps of Donald Ross’s course designs, photos of Pinehurst Village in its earliest days and much more. Even James W. Tufts’ original marble and silver 19th century soda fountain is on display alongside more than 125,000 historic photographs of the area.


The Tufts Archives is free and open to the public. Hours are: Monday – Thursday 9:30am – 6pm; Friday 9:30am – 3pm; Saturday 9:30am – 1pm; Closed Sunday. Hours may vary seasonally or around observed holidays. For information, call (910) 295-3642.

The Tufts Archives
Town Creek Indian Mound
Town Creek Indian Mound

A State Historic Site located 33 miles from Pinehurst.

509 Town Creek Mound Rd.
Mt. Gilead, NC 27306

Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday and most major holidays
Admission is free


Town Creek Indian Mound
Weymouth Center Literary Hall of Fame

In ceremonies held at Weymouth Center May 18, 1996, fifteen North Carolinians were inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, honoring their contributions to the rich literary heritage of the state. The first inductees included James Boyd, Paul Green, Bernice Kelly Harris, O. Henry, and Thomas Wolfe, among other notable North Carolina authors.

Free and Open to the Public Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm. Meticulous Grounds open Sunrise to Sunset for the enjoyment of all.

Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities