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Helping Farmers Since 1867

What is a Grange? The Grange is officially named the National Grange of the of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry. It is a fraternal organization created in 1867. It’s the oldest American agricultural advocacy group that functions on both national and local levels.

The social organization encourages families to band together to promote the economic and political well-being of their communities and Agricultural interests. The Grange has been known as “the voice of the farmer” for almost 160 years. North Carolina and Wayne County have several Granges that are still iinvolved in charitable and advocacy activities. This new exhibit celebrates local agriculture and the history and work of our local Granges.


First Gulf War Exhibit

This exhibit, on loan from the North Carolina Museum of History until 12/30/2023, remembers the Persian Gulf W17 ar of 1990-1991 when the United States led the most diverse coalition of nations in recent history in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Shield to oust Iraqi forces that had invaded the Middle East nation of Kuwait. The government of the State of Kuwait funded this exhibit to honor the 75,000 men and women, and their units stationed in North Carolina, who served and sacrificed to liberate Kuwait. Those soldiers honored include the bases of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, U.S. Army Fort Liberty (Bragg), and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.


Seventeen Men: USCT Civil War Portraits

The Wayne County Museum is honored to host a traveling historical exhibit by artist Shayne Davidson, entitled “17 Men.” The exhibit has been extended to be on display through December, and contains 17 portraits of men who served in the 25th United States Colored Troops. The exhibit ties in with the latest Civil War Trails, Inc. marker downtown, honoring the 135th USCT. The portraits are colored drawings of the soldiers of the 25th USCT. The artist has painstakingly hand-drawn and researched each soldier from the company, and their bios hang below each portrait. Approximately 180,000 African Americans were part of Union forces during the Civil War, with most serving in the United States Colored Troops.


Wayne County History Gallery

Our Wayne County History Gallery is filled with unique artifacts and photographs from Wayne County’s long and diverse history. Come see the Korschun Galleries which highlight our county’s Jewish history. Check out the Wall of Fame filled with some of Wayne County’s prominent and influential citizens. Learn about the many local businesses and entrepreneurs that called Wayne County home.


Medical Gallery

Our Medical Gallery displays many of the vast and unique medical implements used in early twentieth medicine. We also have a collection of hand drawn sketches of the several hospitals Wayne County has had throughout the decades.  Learn about many of the local doctors from the past. See the instruments used and old medicine bottles, many with their original labels, as well as several medical books that were used for reference and education!


Military Gallery

Our Military Gallery is housed upstairs in our Ballroom. The gallery highlights much of our local history during major conflicts such as the Civil War, WWI, WWII, and the Vietnam war. Come check out the uniforms from these different eras of our military past as well as weaponry, flags, swords, and many more exciting artifacts and displays!


Education

The museum is also available for field trips. Teachers can bring their students into the museum to learn about all the different historical aspects of Wayne County. If you are a educator interested in bringing your students to the museum, please contact us to schedule your field trip!