Hamlet Depot & Museums (Amtrak Station)
Victorian-era depot said to be the most photographed train station in the eastern United States. Built in 1900 by the Seaboard Air Line Railroad (now CSX Transportation), added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, and fully restored in 2004, the hands-on exhibits, visual displays and interactive consoles encourage both young and old alike to explore the history of the Seaboard Railroad and Hamlet. From our oral histories to our model railroad to the Tornado steam locomotive replica, we offer something fun for everyone. Our complex includes the Depot (Amtrak Station), the Tornado Steam building, the visitors center which features changing exhibits, and the Main Street park with an engine and caboose. Excellent vantage point for watching trains in the area. Still an active Amtrak location with two ts daily. We're the Number one place to train watch in North Carolina.
2 W. Main Street, Hamlet, NC 28345 / 910-582-0603/ www.hamlethistoricdepot.org
Richmond County Tourism Visitor Center has area information and brochures for counties throughout North Carolina. The Richmond County Historical Museum contains memorabilia from Richmond County, including education, sports, racing history, railroad, agriculture, military, and public safety. The Visitor Center and Museum are located in the historical Seaboard Railroad Depot.
101 West Broad Avenue, Rockingham, NC 28379/ 910-895-9057/ www.visitrichmondcounty.com
An adventure in learning through play; Discovery Place Kids offers unique opportunities for learning for children from birth through age ten. Through play, children explore their world, discover how to get along with others, test their skills and muscles, experiment with new ideas and feel competent enough to try different activities. This children's museum features developmentally appropriate experiences that encourage interactive learning through play.
233 E. Washington St., Rockingham, NC 28379 / 910-997-5266 / www.rockingham.discoveryplacekids.org
Bynum Peach Farm
Bynum Farm is a 91 year old farm located in the northern end of Richmond County in the Windblow community. When you buy peaches from us, you get what you pay for. Our baskets, bags, boxes, etc. are always full. We also do not believe in storing peaches on cold storage. Cold storage works well for the grower but bad for the consumer; Cold storage kills shelf life. Tree-ripened peaches are picked daily.
119 Gallimore Road, Hwy. 73 East, Ellerbe, NC 28338 / 910-652-2204 / www.bynumpeachfarm.com
Little River Vineyards and Winery
Little River Winery combines the best elements of wineries throughout the world. Winemaking techniques developed and used in France, Italy, Argentina, South Africa and Napa Valley are being implemented and used at Little River. From our lush vineyards, gorgeous southern climate and the historic rolling countryside to the lazy Little River flowing in the background, Little River Vineyards and Events is the perfect backdrop for your special event or wedding. We make it our goal to share our vineyards, farm and historical facilities to ensure that each and every couple goes home with a magical experience as they cross the thresholod into their brand new lives as one.
1907 NC 73 West, Mount Gilead, NC 27306 / 704-201-6343 / www.littleriverwines.com
The Leak-Wall House
The historic Leak-Wall House, built by John Wall Leak in 1853, was acquired by the Richmond County Historical Society in September of 1995. The interior is furnished in Victorian period antiques, including some pieces original to the house. The interior was remodeled in 1903 prior to the wedding of Annie Wall to Howard Alexander Foushee. There has been very minor changes to the interior since this time. Today the house is available for tour by appointment.
Rockingham, NC 28379 / 910-895-1660 / email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A glimpse of pre-Columbian life in the Piedmont. The visitor center has interpretive exhibits, as well as audiovisual programs that bring alive a rich cultural heritage from the buried past. Self-guided tours of the rebuilt structures and mound are available. About the 11th century A.D., a new cultural tradition emerged in the Pee Dee River Valley that gave rise to complex societies. They built earthern mounds for their spiritual and political leaders, engaged in widespread trade, supported craft specialists, and celebrated a new kind of religion. Excavations began at Town Creek in 1937 and continued for 50 years. The reconstructed cerremonial center includes the mound and major temple, the minor temple, and burial house or mortuary.
509 Town Creek Mound Rd., Mount Gilead, NC 27306 / 910-439-6802 / www.nchistoricsites.org
Celebrating the theatre for more than 45 years, the Richmond County Community Theatre has offered fams of the arts productions of highly acclaimed plays and musicals such as "Chicago," "West Side Story," and "Arsenic and Old Lace." Check our website for schedule.
111 E. Washington Street, Rockingham, NC 28379 / 910-997-3765 / www.richmondcommunitytheatre.org
The Berry Patch
We are the home of the world's largest strawberry building. We specialize in growing & retailing strawberries, fresh produce & homemade ice cream.
351 Cargo Rd., Ellerbe, NC 28338 / 910-652-3276 / www.worldslargeststrawberry.com
Ellerbe Springs Inn & Campground & The Spring House Pub
Come for a quiet evening - perhaps a leisurely walk around the pond or a friendly game of chess in front of the fire. Get a jumpstart on your day with a delicious breakfast. A csmpground with new facilities and hookups is adjacent to the Inn, for a weekend gateway, or for those traveling the road. We are also open as a beautiful reception and wedding venue.
2537 North US Highway 73, Ellerbe, NC 28338 / 910-652-5600 / www.ellerbe-springs.com
Robert L. and Elizabeth S. Cole Auditorium and Community Center
Serving Richmond County and the Sandhills area since 1999, the Cole Auditorium features a 1,000 seat performing arts theatre and is host to the annual DeWitt Performimg Arts Series. The facility annually host concerts by headlining performers and professional touring Broadway productions. In the past, the facility has hosted performances of “Annie”, “Cats”, and “Fame - The Musical.” We have had concerts headlined by Kellie Pickler, Martina McBride, and The Beach Boys.
Operated by the Richmond Community College and located on the college’s main campus on Highway 74 between Rockingham and Hamlet, the facility offers these performances in season packages and single-show tickets. The last schedule of events can be found on the facility website www.richmondcc.edu/cole-auditorium. The facility also features a spacious lobby and banquet/meeting rooms that are perfect for any type of event. More than 270 people can be seated in the main banquet room. The entire facility is available for event rentals.
1042 W. Hamlet Avenue, Hamlet, NC 28345 / 910-410-1691/ www.richmondcc.edu/cole-auditorium
Rare and unique artifacts & specimens comprise the museum's holdings of archaeology, paleontology, natural history. Native American history and early Americana. One of the best Native American artifact collections in the state. Animal mounts from all over the world, including a life-size polar bear, Kodiak bear, American bison, mountain lion, and a 14 ft. alligator. The animal mounts share billing with an enormous fossil collection which spans 500 million years; from the Cambrian Period to the Pleistocene. Early Americana exhibits contain representations of 19th century life in North Carolina. Antique farm tools, an operable loom, early musical instruments, and possibly the only 500 gallon turpentine still in the East are but a few of the many items on display.
131 W. Church Street, Ellerbe, NC 28338 / 910-652-6378 / www.rankinmuseum.org
The interior of the schoolhouse has been restored so as to become a time-period piece of exactly how one-room schoolhouses looked back in the late 1800s. After falling into disrepair, it was completely refurbished in 1998 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005. The Bostick Schoolhouse sits on private land and visitation requires an appointment.
578 Clayton Carriker Road, Ellerbe, NC 28338 / 910-652-5821
Railroad Museum & Hall of Fame
Opened in 1976, the National Railroad Museum & Hall of Fame is dedicated to preserving railroad history - especially local history. Discover why Hamlet was once dubbed the "Hub of the Seaboard," while viewing various displays, tographs, plaques, rolling stock and model train display. Free Admission.
120 E. Spring Street, Hamlet, NC 28345 / 910-582-3555 / www.facebook.com/nationalrrmuseumhof