Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum

325 Franklin Street; (910) 433-1457; (910) 433-1458; (910) 433-1944
Museum Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm; Closed Sun. and  Mon.


The Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum has been named one of the best museums to visit this spring by USA Today. Click here for more information on this awesome designation!


NEW-Trans-Museum_cmykThe Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum is the hub for history in Downtown Fayetteville. From the history enthusiast to families looking for fun, there is something for everyone here. The Historic Properties division operates the museum, museum annex, the North Carolina Veterans Park and city owned historic sites to include the Market House.

About the Museum

Located in the beautifully restored 1890 Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley Railroad Depot, the museum offers two floors of engaging, artifact-filled exhibits. The rich history of our area is told from pre-history through the early 20th century. Favorite spots in the museum include the steamboat interactive and the recreated Station Agent’s Office. Exhibits are frequently rotated.

Museum Annex

Conveniently located next door to the museum, the annex continues Fayetteville’s story with additional displays. Vintage cars, the recreated 1920s gas station, and Fayetteville’s 1880s Silsby Steam Pump Engine are a delight. Exhibit topics also include plank roads, fire department history, and farm life.


The Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum is a wonderful, educational resource for the City of Fayetteville. In addition to a self-guided experience, guided tours are offered for schools, home school groups, scouts, churches, civic groups, military units, and more. Tours are free and can be adapted to suit the needs of a wide range of ages and educational objectives. 

For more information or to schedule a tour or program call 433-1457, 433-1458 or 433-1944. Tours have maximum/minimum participant requirements. We open early for groups and tours can be shortened, lengthened, or tailored to meet your group’s needs.

Tours of the Museum and Annex

Let staff lead the way through our exhibits. Our tours emphasize transportation and local history using a “now and then” approach to make the past relevant. 

Downtown Walking Tours

Discover the history of local landmarks and walk in the footsteps of historically significant personalities with a tour of Fayetteville’s Downtown Historic District. Your customized tour may include a visit to the Market House, the Fayetteville Light Infantry Museum and Armory, some of the historic churches, Liberty Point, Cool Springs Tavern, and Cross Creek Cemetery.

Preschool Group Special Emphasis Tours

We offer themed experiences for visitors ages 3 to 5. Each program includes a sing-along, story time, and exploration of specific artifacts in the museum and annex.

Local Government Program

Step inside City Hall to learn more about our local government. Held inside City Council Chambers, this experience highlights the role of local government and how it operates. Students can role-play various positions in the Council Chambers.

Local History Talks

Need a speaker for your upcoming program or event? Staff at the museum offer presentations on a variety of local history topics to organizations and groups in the community. Whether it is military heritage, historic preservation, or anything related to Fayetteville or Cumberland County’s history, we can help make your program a historical success.

Volunteer Opportunities

Many people enjoy visiting the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum. Did you know that you can expand your experience by becoming a volunteer? At the museum there are a number of opportunities: greeting visitors, assisting with our collections, or helping with our exhibits. Expand your knowledge of local history and the museum’s reach into the community. Help us let the history of Fayetteville and Cumberland County shine.


All American Challenge

The Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum is a proud partner of a fun event in Downtown Fayetteville. The USO of NC will host the All American Fayetteville Challenge on Sat. March 25, 9-noon.  The Fayetteville Challenge will be a morning of fun and exploration at various downtown landmarks and businesses for a maximum of 200 participants.  If you’re up for the Challenge, contact bragg@uso-nc.org for more information. 

Spring Break Scavenger Hunt

Let the learning continue over the spring break holiday with a visit to the museum. From April 18 through April 21, search for special local history facts hidden throughout our exhibits. This self-guided activity is perfect for Grades 2-5 who are eager to learn more about Fayetteville and the surrounding area.
6-12 yrs; Tues.-Fri.; April 18-21; During museum hours; Free

City Market at the Museum Spring Kick-off

Earth Day, Sat. April 22, is the perfect day to kick off the 2017 season of the City Market at the Museum. A market for local farmers and crafters is hosted on the grounds of the museum every Sat from 9 am to 1 pm. Fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, and other farm products are offered for sale. These seasonal offerings along with plants, flowers, pottery, tea, soap, candles, jewelry, and other handcrafted products can be purchased. The market season runs from April through Dec. but a number of vendors appear year-round.
All ages; Sat.; 9 am-1pm; Free

50th Anniversary Camaro Car Show and Celebration

Rev your engines for a celebration worthy of this automotive icon. Camaros are the focus but we are giving the green light to all vehicles to register for the car show fun. The public is invited to check out all of the cool cars and cast their vote for favorite. Car show vehicle registration is free. Dash plaques and trophies awarded.
All ages; Sat., May 6; 10 am-2 pm; Free

Cross Creek Cemetery Tour

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Cross Creek Cemetery #1 is about 5 acres of land contains approximately 1,170 grave markers. In addition to containing examples of ornate graves marking the final resting place of noted citizens, the cemetery holds the premier collection of gravestones by George Lauder, North Carolina’s most noted nineteenth century stone mason. Meet museum staff at the cemetery on Friday, June 9 at 7 pm to explore this historic and hallowed ground. Cross Creek Cemetery No. 1 is located on North Cool Springs Street.
10+; Fri., June 9; 7 pm; Free

Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry (F.I.L.I.) Armory and Museum Open House

We welcome you inside this private museum in Downtown Fayetteville. The F.I.L.I. was established 1793 and is one of the oldest militia units in continuous existence in America. Step inside the armory and museum with museum staff on Friday, July 14 from noon to 4 pm. Learn of the distinguished citizens, active service, and military collection of the state’s historic military command.
10+; Fri., July 14; noon-4 pm; Free

NC Museum of History World War I Exhibit Bus Tour

Join museum staff on Monday, August 14, for a history bus tour to learn about World War I. Travel to the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, NC to view their new World War I exhibit which commemorates North Carolina’s role in the Great War. There will be a lunch stop included on this all day tour. Participants will travel via bus but tours may require moderate walking. The bus tour has a fee of $5 per person. Lunch is a separate purchase. Registration required. Space is limited. For more information or to register, call the museum.
10+; Mon., Aug. 14; 8:30 am-3:30 pm; $5

4th Fridays at the Market House Museum

The Market House, which is Cumberland County’s only National Historic Landmark, is open to the public on 4th Fridays from 6-10 pm. Explore the exhibit A View from the Square: A History of Downtown Fayetteville. In addition to the permanent exhibit, view a different local history exhibit each month.
All ages; 4th Fri. of each month; 6-10 pm; Free

Special exhibits for this season are:
March 24: USO and Red Cross in Fayetteville During the World Wars
April 28: Scottish Heritage
May 26: Banking
June 23: World War I
July 28: Vintage Postcards
Aug. 24: Market House History 

Cruise-In for 4th Fridays at the Museum

Experience a “night at the museum” every 4th Friday. Come explore our exhibits inside and some of the coolest cars outside on the museum grounds.  Car clubs and individual enthusiasts are welcome to make a pit stop at the museum and enjoy 4th Friday fun.
All ages; 4th Fri. of March-Sept.; 6-10 pm; Free

Mid-Month Market House Open House

Experience Downtown Fayetteville from its center point, the Market House. Downtown Fayetteville is a wonderful place to shop, dine, explore. On the 2nd Fri. of the months of March through August. from noon to 4 pm come and visit the 2nd floor of the Market House to learn a little bit more about our local history.
All Ages; 2nd Fri. of March.-Aug.; noon-4 pm; Free

Local History at the Library

This year the museum and the Cumberland County Library and Information Center are teaming up to bring you a host of local history presentations. Both sites are valuable educational resources for the community and this collaboration is one that will benefit a variety of ages and interest levels. These presentations will take place every month at 6:30 pm in the State and Local History Room of Headquarters Library located at 300 Maiden Lane in Downtown Fayetteville. Presentation will be given by staff from the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History.
10+; April 20, May 11, June 8, July 13 and Aug 10; 6:30 pm; Free

Topics and dates are:
April 20: History of St. John’s Episcopal Church
May 11: Frances Benjamin Johnston and Fayetteville’s Architecture
June 8: War of 1812- The Coastal War
July 13: Grave Markers of Cross Creek Cemetery
Aug. 10: The Cape Fear River


The museum features a number of exhibits to highlight specific people, events and places that impacted Fayetteville and Cumberland County. We encourage you to visit us often, as there is always something new to see and learn about the history of our area. Exhibit galleries are open Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm.


Saint John’s Episcopal Church- The First 100 Years

Established in 1817, Saint John’s Episcopal Church has made significant impacts on the Fayetteville community over the past 200 years. In partnership with Saint John’s, the exhibit opens on Tues., April 4, 2017, and explores the rich history of the church’s first 100 years. The exhibit examines the unique architecture, symbolism, and stained glass windows in the church which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Most importantly the exhibit addresses the impact the church has made beyond its congregation.
All ages; During museum hours; Free


150th Anniversary of Fayetteville State University

150 years ago, seven local African-Americans paid for land on Gillespie Street for a school to be built. Named the Howard School, it would fill a deep rooted desire for African-Americans to achieve an education and it would become a model institution of learning for North Carolina during Reconstruction. Trace the origins of the Howard School through the close of Robert Harris’s administration, the school’s first principal.
All ages; During museum hours; Free

Frances Benjamin Johnston Photo Exhibit

Nationally renowned photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston dedicated herself to the Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South as a way to help preserve historic buildings and stress the importance of American architectural history. Take a look at the Fayetteville area buildings that she photographed that are part of the more than 7,000 images that comprise the survey. Visit the exhibit to see Fayetteville through Frances Benjamin Johnston’s eyes.
All ages; During museum hours; Free

From State House to Statehood

In 1789, Fayetteville was the place where the North Carolina delegates ratified the United States Constitution and passed key legislation impacting our city, state and nation. This exhibit explores the people and places that surround this pivotal event in our city, state and national history. Visitors can also learn how Fayetteville has celebrated the ratification in previous milestone years.
All ages; During museum hours; Free

Lafayette in Fayetteville

Fayetteville is the first U.S. city named for the Marquis de Lafayette and the only city named for him that he visited.  When he came back to America as a guest of the nation, the city rolled out the proverbial red carpet to welcome the famed nobleman and general. Learn more about the places he visited and the local people he met on March 4 and 5, 1825 as well as how this community has celebrated Lafayette.
All ages; During museum hours; Free

Modern Greece

Artifacts recovered from the Confederate blockade runner Modern Greece are the focus of the exhibit. Sunken at the mouth of the Cape Fear River in 1862 by the Union blockade, the recovery effort of this ship and her cargo was the beginning of underwater archaeology efforts for North Carolina. The exhibit also highlights the significant connection between Fayetteville and Wilmington via the Cape Fear River, particularly during the Civil War.
All ages; During museum hours; Free

Local Law Enforcement

Law and order has been maintained in the Fayetteville/Cumberland County area for over 250 years. Visitors can take a look back at pivotal moments for police, sheriff, and other law enforcement agencies. This exhibit highlights some of the organizational changes, influential personnel, and tools of the trade in local law enforcement.
All ages; During museum hours; Free

Death and Remembrance: A Historical Perspective

In collaboration with the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, our exhibit highlights the local story of death, changes in the funeral industry and cemeteries. Explore the ways that individuals, families and this community mourned loss in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The exhibit features mourning clothing and accessories, artifacts related to the funeral professionals of Fayetteville as well as local historical cemetery secrets.
All ages; During museum hours; Free

Civil War Exhibit

Cumberland County Goes to War is our exhibit commemorating the American Civil War. This exhibit features artifacts, pictures, documents, and educational panels which explore Cumberland County’s war experience both on the battlefield as well as the sacrifices made on the home front.
All ages; During museum hours; Free

Railroading in Fayetteville

Fayetteville’s historic importance as a transportation hub involved river, roads and rails. From an early rail system in the 1820s to the Western Railroad bringing coal and iron to the passenger and freight connections established by the CF&YV Railroad and Atlantic Coastline Railroad, train travel has been vital to this community’s economy and wellbeing. Railroad enthusiasts will enjoy the artifacts and information highlighted in this exhibit.
All ages; During museum hours; Free

Early Camp Bragg and Pope Army Airfield

For nearly 100 years, soldiers and pilots have come from all over the county to train and work just north of Fayetteville. This exhibit focuses on these two installations during the time frame of 1918 to the eve of World War II. The establishment and growth of these two US Military installations, now Fort Bragg and Pope Army Airfield, has been pivotal in our national defense and key to our community’s identity.
All ages; During museum hours; Free