Before you enjoy the Hezekiah Alexander homestead, take time to stop in the stunning 36,000 square foot newly expanded Charlotte Museum.
The museum is dedicated to telling the history of Charlotte and the surrounding area. You first walk into the rotund marbled front desk and pick up a map of the museum and sign up for the tour of the Alexander home.
To the left you will see the history of Charlotte as it started to immerse into the 19th century. There are displays and artifacts of every day citizens, see how Charlotte began it rise as a banking giants with a display of a early 1900’s bank, see mementos from when Mother Theresa was in Charlotte in 1995 to open up one of her charities, and see a display to one of Charlotte’s most prominent citizens..Rev. Billy Graham.
To the right see how Mecklenburg county got its start. Check out a huge covered wagon which brought many new citizens to the area and everyday items including pottery, Bibles, photographs, coins, etc. There is also a display to show the regions prominence as gold was first discovered in the area in 1799.
Up stairs there is a display of the Alexander house. There is a miniature of the house and it shows the work and progression of restoring this amazing house. There is also room for changing exhibits upstairs.
Outside there is large cannon in front of the museum as well as a beautiful flower garden and water fountains which allows this stunning museum to have a picture postcard quality to it. They also have a walking path around the back which can be accessed anytime.
The museum has a very well stocked gift shop on the premises. It includes books, local crafts, museum replicas, as well as children’s gifts and your requisite round up of t-shirts, post cards, magnets and such. Scrapbookers be on the lookout for their bookmarkers. I got a beautiful one that made a great enhancement to my page. They do have restrooms and water fountains. They are handicapped accessible. But please note the Hezekiah Alexander homestead is not. They are affiliated with the Smithsonian. They have a research library and reading room. They also have a beautiful grand hall that can be rented out for private events.
They have a number of on going events through the year including music sessions, ice cream socials, kids nights, demonstrations, lectures, Christmas and Halloween programs, and tours of the museum in the evening.
Tue-Sat. 10-5 Sunday 1-5 Tours of the house: 1:15 and 3:15
Closed major holidays and Monday except for Memorial Day and Labor Day. Hours may be changed or extended during events.
Admission: $6 (a) $5 (s) $3 (c) under 6. AAA and other discounts may apply.
Parking is free. Accessible by CATS bus system on CAT Rt. 23 Shamrock.
For more information please go to www.charlottemuseum.org.