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Burgaw Train Depot  
Burgaw Train Depot
 
Come take a tour of the Burgaw Train Depot. It is believed to be the oldest train depot in the state of North Carolina, dating back to 1850. Recently renovated, the depot contains many facilities under one roof, the Burgaw Area Chamber of Commerce, Railroad Museum, Transportation Museum, Pender County Arts Council, and the Visitor’s Center. So take a step back in time enjoy the museums and take a tour. The kids are sure to love the rail car and loading dock. The building is also on the National Register of Historic Places and the Civil War Trail. We have rental space that includes a 2,000 sq ft banquet room (seats 120 people, standing 250 people) and Conference Room (14 people).
 
115 S Dickerson Street
Burgaw, NC 28425
Phone: 910-663-3452| Fax: 910-259-6644

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Confederate Monument of General Pender  
Confederate Monument of General Pender
 
In honor of General William Dorsey Pender, for his dedication to the Battle of Gettysburg, the Confederate Monument was dedicated on May 24, 1914. The monument has been moved several times because of the town’s growth. It currently sits on the grounds of the Pender County Courthouse on South Wright Street.
 
100 S Wright Street
Burgaw, NC 28425
Phone: | Fax:

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Historic Downtown Burgaw  
Historic Downtown Burgaw
 
Tree lined streets of historic downtown Burgaw boast an eclectic variety of 18th & 19th century architecture that represent a vanishing example of a bygone era. In addition, the historic district is the home of the NC Blueberry Festival & the recently renovated oldest depot in the state, dating back prior to the Civil War. Though Burgaw has gone through many changes, one thing that hasn’t changed is the small town charm & rich historic character. Get your walking shoes ready & stroll through our shady streets. See for yourself what makes Burgaw “A Charming Town Year Round." The Burgaw Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.
 
109 N Walker Street
Burgaw, NC 28425
Phone: 910-259-2151| Fax:

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Ivey Hayes Artwork  
Ivey Hayes Artwork
 
Southern artist Ivey Hayes was born and raised in Pender County. His artwork has earned numerous awards from Presidential and Celebrity Awards to the North Carolina Azalea Festival Master Arts Exhibit. His artwork has been exhibited throughout North Carolina, Washington, D.C., Boston and New York as well as various galleries and private collections in the United States. Ivey has developed a unique style, always drawing upon his own personal experiences. His use of bright colors to express feeling and emotion makes each of his pieces seem to come to life with their own distinct personality. You can find Ivey's work at Topsail Art Gallery. Owning an Ivey Hayes print or original is a true joy.
 
PO Box 915
Rocky Point, NC 28457
Phone: 910-259-5535| Fax:

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Missiles and More Museum  
Missiles and More Museum
 
During World War II, a select group of young, daring, female pilots became not only pioneers but heroes. They were the WASP (Womens AirForce Service Pilots), the first women trained to fly American military aircraft. They served domestically, ferrying and testing, towing targets and training men to fly. The Missiles and More Museum opens on April with a new exhibit which traces the history of this elite group of women and pays tribute to their service and valor. Other exhibits at the Museum include: Pirates of the Carolinas, Operation Bumblebee, Camp Davis, The Towns of Topsail Island, Topsail's Natural Beauty and Fragility, Traces of Native Americans on the Island and an International Shell Exhibit.
 
720 Channel Boulevard
Topsail Beach, NC 28445
Phone: 910-328-8663 or 910-328-2488| Fax:

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Moores Creek National Battlefield  
Moores Creek National Battlefield
 
Moores Creek is the site of one of the first battles in the South of the Revolutionary War and the first patriot victory of the war. Throughout the park remnants remain of the 1776 road traveled by patriot and loyalist forces. A .7-mile trail with wayside exhibits leads through the battlefield and across Moores Creek. The historic bridge site is located along the trail. The park offers a visitor center with exhibits, lighted troop movement maps and film, a .3 mile colonial forest trail and a picnic area.
 
40 Patriots Hall Drive
Currie, NC 28435
Phone: 910-283-5591, 910-283-5351| Fax:

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Pender County Courthouse  
Pender County Courthouse
 
The courthouse is one of the most attractive historical buildings in Burgaw. Built in 1936, this three-story structure was designed with several unique features by William Henley Dietrick. The brick-veneered H-shaped structure holds a mixture of Georgian Revival and Colonial Revival architecture features. The building is historical known for its architecture and engineering design. The courthouse was renovated in 1989 by Wilmington Architect, John Sawyer. Take a stroll under the 100 year old oak trees on the courthouse square and notice the distinctive architectural features of the unique building. The courthouse gazebo and grounds are the perfect location for weddings and other special events.
 
100 S Wright Street
PO Box 310
Burgaw, NC 28425
Phone: 910-259-1229| Fax: 910-259-1292

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Pender County Museum  
Pender County Museum
 
Preserving the history of Pender County through documents, artifacts, photos, and genealogy collection of the museum.  The house contains the Mattie Bloodworth Room, a collection of WWII Veterans remembrances, several family bibles, civil war information, clothes from the 19th century, old medical equipment and many other artifacts.  The barn contains a collection of agriculture equipment and items relating to Pender County's past as a hub of the naval stores and timber industries.
 
200 W Bridgers Street
Burgaw, NC 28425
Phone: 910-259-8543| Fax:

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Penderlea Homestead Museum  
Penderlea Homestead Museum
 
The Penderlea Homestead Museum is housed in one of the first homesteads built in 1936 by the Department of the Interior on Penderlea Homestead Farms, a resettlement community in Pender County developed under Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. Museum sponsored efforts resulted in the listing of Penderlea Homestead Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places 9-27-13. This is a large rural historic district of farms, dwellings, and a school on approximately 4,250 acres.
 
284 Garden Road  
Willard, NC 28478
Phone: 910-285-3490 or 910-259-5344| Fax:

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Poplar Grove Plantation  
Poplar Grove Plantation
 
Spend a morning or afternoon exploring one of the oldest surviving peanut plantations in North Carolina. Poplar Grove Plantation was in the Foy family for six generations, from 1795 to 1971. It opened to the public as a museum in 1980. The present Manor House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and sustained through the continuing efforts of Poplar Grove Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to education, conservation, and preservation. Built by Joseph Mumford Foy circa 1850 to be closer to the Old New Bern Road, and later the Wilmington and Topsail Sound Plank Road, Poplar Grove Foundation, Inc. preserves the homestead of a successful farming family, along with the outbuildings and crafts typical of a 19th century working community. The 15+ remaining acres of the homestead are under the stewardship of the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust.
 
10200 US Hwy 17 N
Wilmington, NC 28411
Phone: 910-686-9518| Fax: 910-686-4309

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