Person County Museum of History

A white house with a green porch roof

Person County Museum of History

Experience the rich history of Person County. Person County is full of so much rich history, and visitors to the Person County Museum of History are amazed when they see how impressive the campus is here in Roxboro.  Although it is not a typical museum setting, there is such a wide variety of unique collections and buildings that there truly is something for everyone here. Both residents and out of town visitors can see what a treasure this museum is and historians as well as casual visitors delight in the artifacts and information they find. While on a tour of the eight-building museum campus, visitors are taken back to earlier eras. The tour begins with the main house, which was built in 1901 by former North Carolina Governor William Walton Kitchin, who governed from 1909-1913. There are rooms and exhibits dedicated to baseball great and Hall of Famer Enos Slaughter, military history that celebrates our Veterans,the former textiles and mills, along with the Dorothy Brooks Doll Gallery (housed in a building that was formerly the R. P. Brooks General Store) ; a family's collection of various artifacts spanning many years.

In addition to these wonderful exhibits, the museum campus is home to the oldest known subscription school still standing in Person County and possibly even the state of North Carolina, the Van Hook Subscription School which started in 1810. Also on campus is the original office of Drs. John and William Merritt who were buggy doctors from the late 1800's to early 1900's. This doctor's office is completely equipped with its original pharmacy, medical instruments and supplies. The old Tobacco Pack Barn is where visitors to the museum can learn about early agriculture and how tobacco was processed
for sale at market.  We are also excited to introduce to our visitors, a new acquisition in 2013 . . .

The Curtis E. Long Memorial House to honor a loyal son of Person County as well as to remember the history of an important property, formerly known as The Woody House, which was built in 1922 by George W. Kane. The museum's Docent guides will take you through the tour while telling you charming stories and interesting information about the many facets of Person County's rich history: the old schools and sports memorabilia, early uptown Roxboro and its businesses, our military heroes, the African-American history of Person County, the Sappony Indians of the High Plains community, memorabilia of Victorian lifestyles of the county, Person County's link to the Titanic and much more. The past is indeed alive here! Tours of the Person County Museum are all guided tours and are catered to your individual interest, time constraints, etc.  We give tours to both individuals and all sorts of groups (schools, churches, youth, senior citizens), just to name a few. Group tours must be scheduled ahead of time and to receive a group rate on admission. The museum's operating hours are Wednesday through Friday from 10 am - 4 pm and on Saturdays from 1 pm - 4 pm,  and other times by appointment. You may contact the museum by calling 336-597-2884 or email us at for more information.

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