The buildings include:
This building was constructed about 1903. It houses the medical exhibit, the Coharie Indian exhibit, an old-timey kitchen, antique wooden post office display, and a display commemorating some of the county’s outstanding African- Americans.
The military collection depicts the history of the men and women of the armed forces. Move through time from WWI, WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War via the different uniforms worn by our troops. Rationing cards, a Nazi flag, and pictures tell the stories of our local war heroes fill this building.
Law Enforcement Museum
Visit the Law Enforcement museum to see the 1916 Manly Portable Convict Car, an authentic jail cell taken from Sampson County’s 1950 jail as it was being torn down, and a preserved whiskey still straight from the woods of 1960s Sampson County. Stroll by displays of the Clinton Police Department, North Carolina Highway Patrol, Sherriff’s Office, and county fire department artifacts.
This is a real working blacksmith shop and during special events a blacksmith demonstrates forging iron.
Sports Hall of Fame
This building was dedicated October 2013 and is in honor of the county’s past and present athletes who have been inducted into our local Sports Hall of Fame. Pictures, uniforms, and other memoribilia showcase some of the county's greatest athletes.
The Exhibit Hall
This building is filled with an eclectic mix of Sampson County history. Explore a schoolroom exhibit and a picture wall showcasing local schools in the 1800s. A tar and pitch exhibit explains how early farmers made their living from the once plentiful long leaf pine. An early 1900s toy exhibit will put a smile on your face.
The Grange Agriculture Museum
Explore the variety of farm equipment used to harvest corn, tobacco, and cotton. Do you know the difference in a double and a single tree? Have you ever smelled dried tobacco? Have you ever seen a “cotton mop”? Once you tour this building you will be able to answer yes to all those questions.
Bunting Log Cabin
This original 1750s log cabin was found inside an abandoned two-story house as it was being torn down. The larger home had been built around the cabin. As the family grew, they added on to the house until the cabin completely disappeared and was eventually forgotten. The logs and floor are original to the cabin. The history was traced back to the David Bunting Plantation.
Civil War Cabin Museum
The cabin and its one-of-a-kind collection of Civil War artifacts is a remarkable display of Sampson County history preserved by the late Claude Moore, who donated it all to the Museum. A 1700s stairway, Harper’s Ferry Springfield rifles, cannon balls, and a flag that flew at the Battle of Cold Harbor, Va are just a few of the items you will be amazed by.
The Holmes House
This home and much of the contents are another donation from the late Claude Moore of Turkey. It was built in the mid-1800s and started out as the detached kitchen to a proposed plantation house, but the Civil War halted those plans. The four columns in front were added by Moore and came from the plantation home known as Pleasure Retreat. The home is filled with antebellum furnishings, such as a piano with mother-of-pearl keys shipped from Niagara Falls as a honeymoon present, as well as a finger-painting exhibit by the renowned Ruth Faison Shaw.
This country story was moved here from the great community of Timothy, N.C. and was in the Wooten family for decades. It is complete with a screen door, coal stove, drink boxes, and an assortment of bottles made right here in Clinton to name just a few of the items you will find. Outside are two authentically refurbished early 1900s gas pumps.