The Civil War and Reconstruction in North Carolina are important and complicated subjects. Early in the planning process, there was considerable debate…
…over the merits of approaching the interpretation from the perspective of southeast North Carolina or from that of the existing museum’s regional focus area.
Planners concluded that the whole state’s story is the most compelling one. A conceptual feasibility study validated this finding, demonstrating that the museum will attract wider attention and stronger support by reaching beyond Fayetteville and Cumberland County to tell the larger story.
The result is a $65 million project involving a phased, multi-year approach to both fundraising and the museum’s overall development.
The four-acre History Center site will include a 60,000-square-foot main museum built outside the U.S. Arsenal’s archaeological footprint, protecting the remnants of the asset seized by Confederate forces in 1861 and leveled by William T. Sherman’s engineers four years later.
The existing 1896 E.A. Poe House (described by one visitor as “a delightful step back in time”) and three Civil War-era structures are incorporated into the larger, interpretive plan. This project offers North Carolinians and others of inquisitive mind a repository, not merely of artifacts, but of information and a context for it.
Earlier this year, we commissioned two local university students, one from FSU (Dorien Caldwell) and the other from UNC-Pembroke (Angel Garcia) to do a three-part video history of the Fayetteville Civil War Arsenal site. They did all the filming, research and...read more
About The Center
Transforming an existing regional museum into a major, statewide history center requires a tremendous amount of planning. The challenge is much greater...
Building The Museum Of The Future
The History Center is designed to be a “teaching museum” rather than a “collecting museum.” While hosting a respectable core collection, the History Center will...
The Civil War and Reconstruction in North Carolina are important and complicated subjects. Early in the planning process, there was considerable debate over the merits of...
BOARD OF ADVISORS
Governor James B. Hunt, Jr.
Governor James G. Martin
James R. Leutze, Ph.D., Wilmington