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).

Privacy Policy

  • Candlelight Ghost Tours Candlelight Ghost Tours LAST CHANCE!
  • Pinto Bean Luncheon Pinto Bean Luncheon Nov. 5 11:00am-1:30pm
  • Veteran's Day Event Veteran's Day Event Nov. 7th ~ 4:00pm
  • Christmas Open House Christmas Open House December 12th; 10am-4pm
  • Shopping at The Museum Shopping at The Museum Gift shop open M-F 10:00-4:00
  • 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.


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!


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.

Read more about the Wilkes Community Foundation

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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