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.
GENERAL ADMISSION - $6.00
Children 5 and under admitted free
Wilkes Heritage Museum
100 East Main Street
P.O. Box 935
Wilkesboro, NC 28697
Jennifer Furr - Director
Diana Perry - Volunteer Coordinator
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).
- Law Enforcement Day Saturday, May 10 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
- Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Saturday, June 14 at the Stone Center for the Performing Arts
- Candlelight Ghost Tours
- 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.
- Gift Shop Time to shop for Christmas! Come by and see our selection.
- School Tours Lots of adventures for students at the museum!
Law Enforcement Day - May 10
“If This Hat Could Talk”
The Wilkes Heritage Museum is presenting an exhibit “If This Hat Could Talk” starting in the month of March. We would like people to bring in one hat each with a story about what the hat means to them. Everyone has a hat in their closet that belongs to them or to a relative (perhaps long gone) that has a special meaning. For example, we have a hat that was worn during the last John Denver concert. We also have an Indiana Jones hat that was purchased when the movie premiered and was taken to Europe and all over the United States with the owner. Another hat was worn by a father and kept in the rear window of his car for many years. Upon the father’s death, the son kept the hat due to its special memories. We also have a hat worn during the 1940s when women always wore hats in public.
Please contact the museum at (336) 667-3171 or visit us on Facebook to let us know what you have. Or, just bring the hat by with your story and we will put it on display.
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!
Wilkes Community Foundation Grant
The Wilkes Heritage Museum has been awarded a $1,300 grant from the Wilkes Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, for updated sound equipment in the old courtroom. Funding from this grant will go towards updating the sound system in the old courtroom which is used as an auditorium. The Wilkes Heritage Museum hosts concerts, special programs and speakers throughout the year. The auditorium can also be rented by other groups in the community for their special programs.
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?
- Become a museum member
- Purchase tickets and attend our events
- Purchase items from our gift shop
- Patronize our business sponsors and thank them for their support!
- Give a donation
- 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.
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.