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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Forsyth Heritage Museum

Have you been? Of course not, because we don't have one.

Wilkes does, though, and the youngest and I popped over to visit last weekend. We loved it madly, and we think you should get in your car right now and whip over there.

The museum is beautifully set up with individual rooms focusing on particular aspects of Wilkes' history: local military memorabilia, moonshiners, medicine, developments in farming, transportation, education, the rise of racing, etc.

In addition to the main museum, housed in a courthouse built at the turn of the twentieth century, admission also gets you a guided tour of two additional buildings: the old jail (c. 1859), where you can see ghastly cell doors and hear about Tom Dula (pronounced Dooley) who was jailed there before his trial and subsequent execution, and a log cabin dating to 1779 that was home to one of Wilkesboro's well-to-do citizens and his umpteen children.

Early local citizenry is presented in several rooms, including a thoughtful introduction to famed conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker, who came to North Carolina to see a doctor in Wilkesboro and fell in love with the area, settling nearby.

The museum is well-suited for school-aged children and older.

Admission is $5 adults/ $4 students and seniors age 55 and older/ ages 4 & under free. Closed Sundays, Mondays, and major holidays. Hours are 10 AM - 4 PM. Museum is located at 100 East Main Street, Wilkesboro.


Wilkes Heritage Museum
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