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  • The Ghosts of Christmas Past  December 17, 2022  4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  • Museum Closed for Christmas  December 24, 2022

The Wayne County Museum presents “The Ghosts of Christmas Past.” Join us on December 17 for a guided journey through the beautiful and historic Willowdale Cemetery where you will meet some of its fascinating residents, all portrayed by local actors. The cemetery tours will be followed by a Holiday Reception at the Wayne County Museum.There will be tours from 4-6 PM and 7-9 PM.

Each tour will last approximately 45 minutes. The last tour time is 8:30pm.This is a walking tour. The evening tours will take place in the dark with dim lighting available from lanterns and candles. We encourage attendees to take this into consideration before reserving a ticket time. Attendees are responsible for their own actions during the tour and by purchasing a ticket acknowledge the risk associated with participating in an evening walking tour.This is a rain-or-shine event. All ticket sales are final. Click “Find Tickets” to purchase.

Welcome to the Wayne County Museum’s Official Website. These pages will hopefully prompt you to come visit us and see first-hand the exhibits we have to offer.

We’re open Tuesday – Friday from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM, and Saturday from 10:00 AM until 6:00 pm.

Our mission is to discover, preserve, document, display, and disseminate historical knowledge and artifacts of Wayne County. We also seek to increase public awareness of the heritage of Wayne County and its environs through exhibits, events, and traditional and digital information sources.

Be sure to check out the Current Exhibits, Upcoming Events, and the History of the Museum. Also, the upstairs, which was the ballroom for the USO, is available for Rental.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.


Platinum Sponsors:
William & Ellen Bland
The Community Foundation
M & J Foundation
Mt. Olive Pickle Company
Diane Rawl
Skill Creations, Inc.
David & Emily Weil

Silver Sponsors:
The Borden Foundation
The Laughing Owl
Tom & Rosanna Anderson

Bronze Sponsors:
Lafayette Greenfield
Amaziah Howell, III
Mrs. Charles Norwood
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Strickland
Meg Teasley
Laurie Urland
Connie Whaley
Union Bank

NC CARES: Humanities Relief Grant

We are very grateful to be one of the 59 organizations selected to be awarded an NC CARES: Humanities Relief Grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. This Humanities Relief grant will enable us to upgrade our platform and share virtual tours of our exhibits for community members who may have risk-factors and therefore feel unsafe visiting us in person. These virtual tours will allow us to continue to serve the community and maintain our public engagement during the pandemic. This NC Cares grant will also provide audiovisual resources so that we may interview elders in our community and preserve their memories and life experiences for posterity. This “Living Library” of interviews will help us to save the knowledge of the subjects that might otherwise be lost and allow us to share them with the public and students. Especially at this time, we feel that learning from the past can only help to aid in shaping the future. The North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through grant-making and public humanities programs, the Council serves as an advocate for lifelong learning and thoughtful dialogue about our shared human experience. The Council operates the North Carolina Center for the Book, an affiliate program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

To learn more, please visit:

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National Endowment for the Humanities: