Eastern Carolina Village and Farm Museum 1840-1940
Preserving and interpreting the architecture and history of agricultural life in Eastern North Carolina
Grifton, Ayden, Bethel, Simpson, Fountain, Black Jack, Calico, Tick Bite, Pactolus, Falkland, Toddy, Parmalee, Farmville, Stokes, Winterville, Belvoir...
Let these names entice you to explore the family farm, country store, rural education, and local trades from the 1840's to the 1940's. Come partake in hands-on history, from before the Civil War to just prior to World War II. View items as diverse as a Conestoga wagon to a traveling blacksmith's tools. Experience measuring dried beans on an antique scale, select penny candy from an array of glass canisters, or turn the arm on a butter churn. Such pastimes can be relived with our extensive collection of artifacts, which are all housed in authentic structures. Hear fascinating stories about previous residents of our buildings. Enjoy living history and listen to our costumed docents tales, each personalized for our guests with accuracy and insight.
Mission of the Museum
The museum acts to preserve and present the history of rural eastern Carolina through its numerous structures, landscapes, and stories of the area. It is located on the original site of the Pitt County Home for the Aged & Infirm (1827 -1965). Historic buildings from the region have been moved and reassembled to create a living history experience for visitors. Included among the structures on site are an original one-room schoolhouse, a country store, a chapel, and a log cabin along with the original County Home barn.