Hours of Operation

OPEN 10:00 - 4:00
Monday - Friday
CLOSED - Saturdays, Sundays and all major holidays

Closed during some inclement weather events. Please call first to check opening/closing.


Children 5 and under admitted free

Museum Address/Phone

Wilkes Heritage Museum
100 East Main Street
P.O. Box 935
Wilkesboro, NC 28697

Phone Numbers
336 667-3171

Staff Directory

Jennifer Furr - Director
Diana Perry - Volunteer Coordinator

Photo Gallery


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About Us

Wilkes Heritage Museum, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization formed in 1968. The Wilkes Heritage Museum, Inc. is responsible for operating and maintaining the Old Wilkes Jail (c. 1859), Robert Cleveland Log Home (c. 1779), and the Wilkes Heritage Museum (former Wilkes County Courthouse, c. 1902).

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  • Veteran's Day Event Veteran's Day Event Nov. 7th ~ 4:00pm
  • GoFundMe Help! GoFundMe Help! Help fix the old jail!
  • Shopping at The Museum Shopping at The Museum Gift shop open M-F 10:00-4:00
  • Christmas Open House Christmas Open House December 12th; 10am-4pm
  • Joyce Dancy McNeil and George Franklin McNeil Family History Collection Joyce Dancy McNeil and George Franklin McNeil Family History Collection
  • Veteran's Book Vol. 4 is in! Veteran's Book Vol. 4 is in! “Heroes of Red, White & Blue: Wilkes County Veterans Volume IV”. The books are $25 each at the Wilkes Heritage Museum Gift Shop.


Business Membership

Special thanks to Wilkes Heritage Museum's business members. Support our supporters!

Deal Insurance Agency
Joines and James Attorneys at Law
Wilkes Income Tax
Brushy Mountain Water Company

We Need Help!

 We need help funding a new HVAC unit in the Old Wilkes Jail. Please help us out by going to our Go Fund Me page!

The Joyce Dancy McNeil and George Franklin McNeil Family History Collection

The museum is now home to the McNeil Genealogy Collection. This is a computerized database of genealogy information specifically pertaining to cememtary/gravesite locations. For information on ustilizing the collection please contact the museum.

Our Spot for the Road Trippin' Show!

Wilkes County Veterans Volume IV

The Wilkes Heritage Museum is pleased to announce the arrival of “Heroes of Red, White & Blue: Wilkes County Veterans Volume IV”.  This book is part of a special fundraiser for the Wilkes Heritage Museum that documents the stories of Wilkes County veterans who have bricks in the museum lawn.  The books are $25 each and can only be purchased at the Wilkes Heritage Museum Gift Shop.   Gift Shop hours are Monday-Friday from 10am-4pm.  Special arrangements can be made if you are purchasing this book as a Christmas gift and cannot come during normal business hours. 

We Appreciate Our Grants!


Support YOUR Museum!

The Wilkes Heritage Museum is responsible for preserving the history of this area as well as celebrating our musical heritage! Without the museum, we would not be able to preserve the history of this area. Please help continue this valuable work by participating in the fundraising events the museum puts on during the year.

How can you help?

  1. Become a museum member
  2. Purchase tickets and attend our events
  3. Purchase items from our gift shop
  4. Patronize our business sponsors and thank them for their support!
  5. Give a donation
  6. Business owners! Please call the museum to see how you can help us.


That's right! We have books for sale at the museum! Everything from historical non-fiction to ghostly tales of terror! We are also adding a link from our SHOP page directly to our online Book Store. If you can't come by in person, browse online.


Our History

The Wilkes Heritage Museum, Inc. was established in 1968 with the intent of restoring
the Old Wilkes County Jail to its original 1860 appearance and operating it as an
educational center for the community. Since then, restoration of the Old Wilkes County
Jail has been completed as well as the 1779 home of Captain Robert Cleveland, the late
19th century Finley Law Office, and the 1902 Wilkes County Courthouse.

The Wilkes Heritage Museum, Inc. now finds it home in the newly restored 1902 Wilkes
County Courthouse celebrating it's unique heritage as it seeks to preserve the past of
Wilkes County. Since it's official opening in November 2005, the Wilkes Heritage
Museum, Inc. has undoubtedly contributed to the education and culture of the county's
present and future. Through a collection of artifacts and images, numerous stories of
early settlement, military history, industry, agriculture, medicine, communication,
education, entertainment, and transportation are told.



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