The North Carolina Museum of History provides this list as a general resource. Hours of operation and admission fees are subject to change. (Admission is free unless otherwise noted.)
Averasboro Civil War Battlefield
N.C. 82, Dunn
Historic markers and a museum tell the story of the March 1865 battle. Highlights include Chicora Cemetery and Lebanon, the 1825 plantation home used as a Confederate hospital.
Battle of Chicamacomico Races
Civic Center-Route 12, Rodanthe
Outdoor monument commemorating the October 1861 battle.
Bellamy Mansion Museum
503 Market Street, Wilmington
The Union used this spectacular plantation home as its military headquarters following the fall of Wilmington in 1865.
Bentonville Battleground State Historic Site
5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks
The largest battle fought in North Carolina and the last major Confederate offensive of the war took place here. Harper House (on the site) served as a Union field hospital during the battle.
Cape Fear Museum
814 Market Street, Wilmington
Established in 1898 as a repository for Confederate relics, the museum presents exhibits that explore the history of Wilmington, blockade running, and the Battle of Fort Fisher.
Fort Anderson State Historic Site
8884 St. Philip’s Road Southeast, Winnabow
The fall of Fort Anderson in February 1865 allowed the Union to take Wilmington and cut supply lines to the Confederate army. Visitors can see the nearly 90 percent of the earthen fort that remain today.
N.C. 1416, Fort Branch Road, Hamilton
On the banks of the Roanoke River, this earthen fort protected the CSS Albemarle construction site and a railroad bridge. Seven original cannons are on exhibit.
Fort Fisher State Historic Site
1610 Fort Fisher Boulevard, Kure Beach
Fort Fisher, the largest Confederate earthen fort, protected blockade runners bound for Wilmington loaded with goods critical to the South.
Fort Macon State Park
East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach
Union troops captured this casemated fort in April 1862 after a land and sea bombardment. Visitors can view restored rooms and explore a museum.
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
1401 National Park Drive, Manteo
This pre-Colonial site contains exhibits on the Civil War and the Freedmen’s Colony.
Liberty Hall Plantation
409 South Main Street, Kenansville
Tour the nineteenth-century home of the Kenan family and view exhibits and a video presentation highlighting plantation life during the Civil War. The nearby Cowan Museum (free admission) has an extensive collection of rural artifacts.
Museum of the Albemarle
1116 U.S. 17 South, Elizabeth City
Part of the North Carolina Museum of History Division, this museum features an overview of the Civil War in the Albemarle region and offers exhibits on slavery and antebellum plantation life.
Museum of the Cape Fear
801 Arsenal Avenue, Fayetteville
This museum, part of the North Carolina Museum of History Division, features Civil War exhibits and the remains of an arsenal used to supply weapons and ammunition to the South.
Poplar Grove Plantation
10200 U.S. 17 North, Wilmington
Costumed interpreters lead visitors through this antebellum plantation and demonstrate nineteenth-century crafts.
302 East Water Street, U.S. 64, Plymouth
This museum interprets the Battle of Plymouth, the CSS Albemarle, and Union occupation of the town.
Somerset Place State Historic Site
2572 Lake Shore Road, Creswell
This historic site examines the people who lived and worked at one of North Carolina’s largest plantations and the Civil War’s impact on plantation life.
Wayne County Museum
116 North William Street, Goldsboro
This museum presents an exhibit about Union general William T. Sherman’s march through Wayne County on his way to Raleigh.
Wyse Fork Battlefield
U.S. 70, Kinston
Explore the battlefield where Confederate troops tried to halt Major General John Schofield’s march on Goldsboro.
Alexander Dickson House
150 East King Street, Hillsborough
Confederate general Wade Hampton used this historic house, built in 1790, as his headquarters. Also at this site, General Joseph E. Johnston prepared documents used to surrender to General William T. Sherman in 1865.
Bennett Place State Historic Site
4409 Bennett Memorial Road, Durham
Walk the grounds where the largest Confederate troop surrender occurred.
Burwell School Historic Site
319 North Churton Street, Hillsborough
This site examines antebellum Hillsborough and the impact of the Civil War on the Burwell family, the slaves who lived and worked there, and the students who attended Burwell’s School for Young Ladies.
Greensboro Historical Museum
130 Summit Avenue, Greensboro
The site of a Confederate hospital, this museum exhibits rare Civil War weapons, historical prints, paintings, and other artifacts. A cemetery containing the graves of Civil War veterans lies on the museum grounds.
5825 Old Oxford Highway, Durham
Dedicated to historic structure preservation and African American cultural history, this site offers tours of Civil War–era slave quarters, a house, and a barn.
Malcolm Blue Farm
N.C. 5 South (Bethesda Road) and Ives Drive, Aberdeen
Union troops commandeered this farm and nearby Bethesda Church in March 1865. Today an exhibit details the Battle of Monroe’s Cross Roads.
603 West Main Street, Jamestown
Home of Quaker abolitionist Richard Mendenhall, the plantation houses such artifacts as a false-bottomed wagon used in transporting slaves to freedom.
North Carolina Museum of History
5 East Edenton Street, Raleigh
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.; Sunday, noon to 5:00 P.M.
The museum has a large collection of Civil War artifacts, some of which can be seen throughout its exhibitions.
North Carolina State Capitol
1 East Edenton Street, Raleigh
The Capitol was the official site of the beginning and end of the Civil War in North Carolina. In the House chamber, representatives cast their votes to secede from the Union and join the Confederacy. After Union troops occupied the Capitol grounds in the spring of 1865, a signal message proclaiming the war’s end was dispatched from the Capitol roof.
Orange County Historical Museum
201 North Churton Street, Hillsborough
This county museum presents the area’s Civil War history, including information about the Orange Guard Company.
Salisbury National Cemetery and Confederate Prison Site
202 Government Road, Salisbury
The cemetery, adjacent to the site of Salisbury Confederate Prison, contains the graves of 11,700 unknown Union soldiers buried in eighteen trenches marked by head- and footstones.
Catawba County Museum of History
30 North College Avenue, Newton
This county museum features a permanent Civil War exhibit that includes the Colonel Clinton Cilley collection of Confederate and Union artifacts.
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
U.S. 441 and Drama Road, Cherokee
One gallery in this recently renovated museum chronicles Thomas’s Legion, a Confederate regiment composed partly of Cherokee troops.
Zebulon Vance Birthplace State Historic Site
911 Reems Creek Road, Weaverville
This historic site features the reconstructed 1830s birthplace of North Carolina Civil War governor Zebulon B. Vance.
Civil War Traveler
Check out this website that provides multiple ways to explore the Civil War history of North Carolina, including Civil War Trails.