History Museums in North Carolina
The following science history museums in North Carolina are notable for diving into the importance of history in science, claiming and listing all the remnants of the past and showing them to people who want to understand more about how a certain object or a concept becomes what it is now today. This article dwells on museums that specialized in the different advancements that North Carolina has contributed to the nation. Also included among the North Carolina Historic Sites is the Reed Gold Mine which is the site of the first documented discovery of Gold in the United States. It was in 1799 when farmer John Reed found a 17-pound yellow rock in his farm which he eventually learned as gold. The following year he asked for assistance to put up the Reed Gold Mine in Midland, North Carolina. That time, North Carolina has led the production of gold only to get surpassed by California in the mid-1800s. The gold mine has been restored for guided tours in underground tunnels wherein visitors can also explore and experience gold-digging in the past as they will enjoy the sight of gold as well as mining equipment of the past.
The history and development of aviation have been pretty much honored in the Wright Brothers National Memorial located at Kill Devil Hills. The National Memorial includes the Visitor Center which features an exhibit that shows the backgrounds in the life of the Wright Brothers’ that led them to the development of the 1903 Flyer. The Visitor Center also includes a functioning replica of the 1903 Flyer and the Paul E. Garber First Flight Shrine that documents the significant firsts in the world of aviation. It also includes the Centennial Pavilion (2003), an exhibit that showcases the evolution of aviation, the challenges of flight and the NASA-sponsored spaces exhibits. The Centennial Pavilion also includes a multi-purpose auditorium where special events and film programs are presented.
The National Memorial also features a replica of the building (hangar) where the Wright Brothers stored their 1903 Flyer and the take-off point for the first successful flights by the Wright Brothers. Another North Carolina Historic Site is the North Carolina Transportation Museum located on the site of the Southern Railway in Spencer. The museum, which opened in 1977, documents in the most possible detail the people and the machines that have helped the development of transportation in North Carolina. The museum welcomes its guests through the Visitor Center where they will be oriented with the primer of the museum. It features a number of historic structures that include automobile and railroad exhibits and a historic bridge that overlooks train ride tracks. Some of the exhibits are the “Wagons, Wheels and Wings” which includes a 1922 fire engine as a major centerpiece, “Bumper to Bumper” that traces the evolution of the automobile from the 1920s to the 1980s and the “Robert Julian Roundhouse” which features one of the largest constructed roundhouses. Picnic facilities are also available as well as gift shops for those who want to go home with a souvenir.