Museum Hours:
Tuesday through Friday10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Saturday10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
By appointment 919-563-5054
Admission is free.
Monthly Public Program: Monday August 18 at 7:00 p.m.
"Outside the Frame: The Astonishing Life
of Whistler’s Mother"
Presented by William McNeill
Free and open to the public

Mebane Historical Society & Museum’s free, monthly, public program has taken July off.

Join us again on Monday, August 18 at 7:00 p.m. for

Outside the Frame: The Astonishing Life
of Whistler’s Mother

A North Carolina Humanities Council Roads Scholar Program
Presented by
William McNeill

Randell Jones shares favorite excerpts from;
“Scoundrels, Rogues and Heroes of the Old North State”
A Road’s Scholar Program sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council.

Monday, May 19 7:00 p.m.
Mebane Historical Society & Museum
Lower level, Milton McDade meeting room

North Carolina enjoys a remarkable reputation for its history. Our state is rich in stories about people, places, and events that set us apart from all other states. And we’ve been home to some notable Americans whose lives have become a part of the fabric of America’s story. Our state has also been home to some real characters over the centuries, folks whose antics, tomfoolery, and sometimes their all-around cussedness have made them worth remembering. And that’s just the women! On the evening of May, 19 Randell Jones will introduce us to a few of these ornery North Carolina ladies and a few heroines, too.


Growing Up in Alamance County, North Carolina

By J. Ronald Oakley

Return to the halcyon days of a Carolina childhood

Alamance County, North Carolina, was a slice of Americana in the 1940s and 1950s. Whether they lived in the “big city” of Burlington or in Mebane and other small textile towns, children of the era have warm memories of the area. Younger kids rode the Dentzel Carousel at Burlington City Park traded comic books, while teenagers downed hot dogs at Betty’s Snack Shack and snuggled with dates at the East 70 Drive-In Theatre. In the hot summer evenings before wide-spread air conditioning, families gathered on the front porches to enjoy cool breezes and discuss the day’s events. Join author and Alamance County native J. Ronald Oakley for a stroll down Main Street.

Growing Up in Alamance County, North Carolina is available at the Mebane Historical Museum and through PayPal $19.99+tax ($21.34)

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November is Native American Month

John Jefferies Black Feather:
A Walking Legend

Saturday, November 16 10:30 a.m.

Join John Jefferies Black Feather, esteemed member of the Occoneechi Indians of the Saponi Nation, for a program on ancient tools and weapons. Black Feather has been creating and demonstrating primitive weaponry at museums in Maryland, Virginia, and the Carolinas for many years. Saturday, November 16 at 10:30 a.m., Black Feather will be at the Mebane Historical Museum for this free program.

With the Museum's popular exhibit Welcome to Our Land: The Occaneechi Yesterday and Today as a backdrop, Black Feather will give and an overview of Occaneechi history along the Eno as well as instruct the audience on the craft of making and using prehistoric fire lances, darts, bows and arrows, and knives. Appropriate for all ages.

Remembering Freshwater's Grocery
and Other Neighborhood Stores

Monday, November 18 7:00 p.m.
Image Interior of R. T. Dunn Grocery

The Mebane Historical Society & Museum will present a program by Ron Oakley on remembering Freshwater's grocery and other neighborhood stores of days gone by. The program will include narrated imagery illustrating how small groceries in the 1940s and 50s not only served many of the shopping needs of the neighbor- hood but also helped to keep neighbors connected by providing a gathering place to unwind after work, to catch up on the latest news about sick neighbors or those down on their luck, and collect money for flowers when there was a death. It was a nostalgic time and way of life that virtually disappeared after the arrival of the large grocery chains.

Harvest House Tour 2013

If you’ve ever admired a local home from the road or are embarking on your own restoration project, the Harvest House Tour creates the understanding of how knowing the origins of a house assists in transforming it into a treasured home.

Guest hosts will generously open their doors between the hours of 1:00 – 5:00 pm on Saturday October 26 and Sunday October 27 rain or shine. Tickets are $15.00 in advance by stopping by the Museum, Melville Trading Post on Clay Street, and Solgarden on Clay Street. Tickets are $20.00 the day of the tour. All proceeds support the Mebane Historical Society & Museum. Call 919-563-5054 for details.

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Once payment has been made, ticket brochures are to be picked up at the Museum either the day of the event, or during regular Museum hours prior to the event.



Welcome to Our Land: The Occaneechi Yesterday & Today
New exhibit to open at the Mebane Historical Museum
Public Reception May 9, 2013
5 – 7 p.m.

The Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, one of eight officially state-recognized tribes of North Carolina, is alive and thriving in the local community and is eager to share their rich and unique culture. The Occaneechi have a long and ancient history in North America, but have lived in and around Mebane since the 1700s. The tribe is an important part of the cultural history of Mebane, and Alamance County as a whole, and the story this exhibit tells is one of struggle and perseverance as well as ultimate triumph.


Erin Mellett, Senior Anthropology student at Elon University, is curator of this extensively researched exhibit. The Mebane Historical Museum anticipates increased visitation from Welcome to Our Land: The Occaneechi Yesterday & Today states Executive Director; Traci Davenport. “Our visitors have been looking for comprehensive information on Alamance’s native population and their considerable history. Ms. Mellett’s scholarly line of study has produced an outstanding glimpse at a part of this region’s culture that is so frequently overlooked.”

Mellett has worked closely with the Band throughout her collegiate career and focused much of her study on how the tribe can market their cultural traditions without diluting their heritage. She looks forward to presenting their history in exhibit format as it allows for historic artifacts to be viewed alongside a close look at where the Occaneechi find themselves today.


This exhibit is made possible through funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council and Elon University.

Mebane Historical Society Presents a
North Carolina Humanities Council Roads Scholar Program:
The history of North Carolina in 45 minutes
Monday, January 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mebane Historical Museum, Lower Level,
Milton McDade Meeting Room, Free to the Public

Lynn Salsi, author, teacher, playwright and historian, will present a high-energy program covering North Carolina’s history from the 1600s to the present.

Salsi weaves a narrative of well-known events with myths, little-known facts, and humorous anecdotes. Stories include how “the land” was discovered with a little nepotism, the founding tri-fecta, What John Lawson saw, the bad wagon road, and Morehead’s railroad. Other historical figures include O. Henry, the Blount Brothers, Daniel Boone, Moses Horton, Caleb Brabham, Penelope Barker, and Emeline Piggott. Humorous yet factual tales include ducks at work, no bath in the house, the state of the state song, North Carolina’s first all-female political caucus, and there is no truth to the rumor that North Carolina’s first symphony was a jug, a washboard and a washtub.

919.563.5054 for more information.

Mebane Historical Society Free Public Program
Monday Nov. 19 7:00 p.m.

On Monday, November 19, the Mebane Historical Society will feature a program on "Hard Times in the Mill: Working Lives Past and Present," presented by Dr. Roxanne Newton. The daughter and granddaughter of mill workers, Dr. Newton is the director of the Humanities and Fine Arts Division at Mitchell Community College, where she teaches English, women’s studies, and humanities courses.

Free and open to the public, this special event sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council will begin at 7:00 P.M. in the Milton McDade Room in the Mebane Historical Museum on 209 W. Jackson Street.

919.563.5054 for more information.

Harvest House Tour 2012
Saturday & Sunday November 3 & 4
1:00—5:00 p.m.
Experience Historic Mebane from within!
Celebrating Mebane's newly designated Historic District with a spectacular array of homes
$15. in advance / $20. the day of the tour

North Carolina And Coca–Cola:
Red, White, And Southern
Opening Reception Aug 2, 2012—exhibit Will Be On Display Through The Fall Of 2012

Whether found on a corner-store’s sign or spread across a billboard on a stretch of highway, Coca–Cola’s red and white logo has graced the American landscape for more than 125 years. In celebration of Coca–Cola’s iconic imagery returning to Mebane’s historic downtown, the Mebane Historical Museum is proud to announce the opening of an exhibit of Coca–Cola memorabilia that spans the company’s history.

Over 200 Coca–Cola artifacts selected from the private collection of Sandra and Stephen Rich will be exhibited in the Museum’s main gallery. In 1965, as a recent graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and having returned home to Atlanta, Stephen began collecting Coke’s advertising and marketing material in earnest. Later, as an employee of the company, the Rich’s amassed over 5,000 pieces of Coca–Cola history.

Beyond the well-known trays emblazoned with images of beautiful women of another era, the Rich collection contains rare and unusual advertisements, signage and artifacts from all over the world. And while the drink itself originates in a different southern state, this exhibit will both explore and remember North Carolina’s own relationship with a beverage that has been with us for longer than any of us can remember.

The public is invited to a free opening reception featuring Coca–Cola products generously donated from the Greensboro Coca–Cola Bottling Plant at the Mebane Historical Museum from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 2 at the Mebane Historical Museum’s main gallery. This event is to accompany a celebration of the downtown signage being officially unveiled to the public.

The Mebane Historical Society & Museum
Invites you to attend the opening reception for

William Lynch: Mebane Through his Lens
Thursday, July 19, 2012
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Mebane Historical Museum
209 W. Jackson Street
(919) 563-5054

Makers of Modern Mebane
Makers of Modern Mebane recognizes and honors the lives of those who shaped
Mebane to be the city it is today.

There are many people, both living or who’ve passed, who helped shape Mebane to be the community that we enjoy living, working and playing in today. From industry leaders to relatively unknown individuals, many people have had a hand in Mebane’s growth and development over the years. The City of Mebane and Mebane Historical Society & Museum have created an event that will select and present individuals through a public exhibit held each year.

No person in Mebane’s history is considered too big or too small to be a part of this annual commemoration. Celebrating the individuals who molded Mebane’s identity serves to educate and remind us, that as a community, the best way to move forward is to know where we’ve been.

Exhibit Opening and Reception
June 28, 2012
5 – 7 p.m.


First ever, a pictorial history of Mebane, NC.

New from Arcadia Press

Images of America: Mebane is a visual journey through the history of a town that has long been regarded by its citizens as “the biggest little town on earth.” From its modest beginnings in 1809 as a stagecoach stop. Inn and post office, it has recently developed into one of the fastest growing towns in North Carolina. Mebane has a long connection to the railroad, a legacy as one of the major tobacco markets in the state, and a history as a major manufacturing and shopping center. Over many decades, ordinary people and forward-looking leaders fostered the town’s growth by establishing businesses, industries, good schools, a public library, various recreation facilities and other opportunities and services. The construction of Interstates 85 and 40 brought many changes while linking Mebane more closely to the outside world and making it even more attractive place to work and live.

Mebane native and retired college history instructor J. Ronald Oakley used many photographs from the Mebane Historical Museum and local citizens in creating Images of America: Mebane. Oakley is president of the Mebane Historical Society and author of three books and numerous articles.

Now available for $21.99 + tax at the Mebane Historical Museum during regular hours of operation.

Also available by mailing a check in the amount of $23.47 to:
   Mebane Historical Society
   PO Box 1541
   Mebane, NC. 27302

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Meet the Author Tea & Book Signing
Sunday, March 4, 2012   2–4 p.m.
Mebane Historical Museum
Lower level Milton McDade Meeting room

Mebane at Play:   late 19th to mid 20th century
February 10 – fall 2012
Opening Reception Thursday, February 9, 2012 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Brenda Gail Kelly’s 3rd Birthday Party 1950 ( l to r) Linda Gettig, Pamela Sue Yates, Sandra Arnold, Jimmy Harris, Gary Yates, Mike Kelly, Jo An Kelly, Mary Ellen Phelps, Lennie Harris, Mary Ann Riley, Ronnie Oakley, Smokey Lynch, Garland McCauley, Jerry West, and Judy Harris. Photo courtesy of Velma Kelly.

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