Onslow County Museum - North Carolina

Onslow County Museum - North Carolina The Onslow County Museum collects and exhibits artifacts from the county's natural and human history. The Onslow County Museum is a public, non-profit, educational institution whose purpose is to stimulate an interest in and teach about the cultural and natural history of Onslow County and its agricultural, marine, and industrial resources and development so that residents of and visitors to the county will be able to gain an understanding and appreciation of its past, present, and future.
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The Onslow County Museum is recognized as an important local history museum and serves the public through its permanent exhibit, changing exhibits, outreach programs to schools, and sponsorship of special events. The staff comprises the Director, Artifact Collections Manager, Education Coordinator, part-time Office Assistant, and part-time Exhibits Facilitator.

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March is women's history month and, while we are still in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, we're exploring Onslow wom...
03/04/2021
An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure | Onslow County, NC

March is women's history month and, while we are still in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, we're exploring Onslow women in healthcare. To begin this series of posts we'd like to focus first on a topic more uplifting than a pandemic, the role of the midwife in bringing new people into this world.

Until relatively recently women were not allowed medical training and midwives learned their craft from other more experienced women, often passing knowledge from mother to daughter. This knowledge frequently included general medical care, and midwives served their communities as general practitioners, especially in rural areas throughout the nineteenth century. By the turn of the century the professionalization of obstetrics by the male dominated field of medicine led to the decline of midwifery. Largely due to economic reasons the midwife practiced primarily in underserved and minority communities during the early twentieth century.

In Onslow, as in the rest of the country, midwives served their local communities both in childbirth and as doctors. Their position is often listed in the United States Census. In 1910 two women, Mary Leacraft and Rebicca Moore, are listed as Doctors who practice midwifery. Such a title indicates the importance of their role in the community. You can learn more about childbirth in Onslow on our virtual exhibit panel from our health care exhibit here:
http://www.onslowcountync.gov/DocumentCenter/View/11042/pediatrics-midwifery-

You can view other panels from the exhibit on our website: http://www.onslowcountync.gov/1715/History-of-Healthcare

An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure explores the history of healthcare in Onslow County from the colonial period to the present.

While the Onslow County Museum is closed so that staff may assist with the Covid-19 Vaccination response we encourage yo...
02/04/2021
The African American Experience in Onslow County | Onslow County, NC

While the Onslow County Museum is closed so that staff may assist with the Covid-19 Vaccination response we encourage you to celebrate Black History Month by checking out our exhibit on the African American Experience virtually! You can learn more about historically significant places and people of color by exploring the African American Heritage Trail: https://www.onlyinonslow.com/african-american-heritage-trail/

http://www.onslowcountync.gov/1752/African-American-Experience

This changing exhibit explores the rich history of the African American community in Onslow County.

01/04/2021

Due to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases, the Onslow County Museum will be closed until further notice.

Throwback Thursday:"Merrie Xmas" from Onslow Hall! These images show Onslow Hall and its holiday decorations in the late...
12/24/2020

Throwback Thursday:
"Merrie Xmas" from Onslow Hall! These images show Onslow Hall and its holiday decorations in the late 19th century. Onslow Hall and Glenoe Farm were the mansion house and estate of Thomas McIntyre, a wealthy New York financier, who brought the railroad to Onslow County. McIntyre, who founded the Onslow Lumber Company in 1889, built the Wilmington, Onslow and East Carolina Railroad, which connected Jacksonville to New Bern and Wilmington in 1891.

Onslow Hall, also constructed in 1891, was a lavish home built in the Queen Anne style. Notice the Christmas decorations around the fireplace include greenery harvested from the estate, including palm fronds and pine boughs. Traditional decorations such as these can still be found in modern holiday decorations around the area. Other traditions such as Christmas wine, made from scuppernong grapes, locally cured ham, and local oysters are also a part of the region's rich history in celebrating Christmas.

However you celebrate the season, we at the Onslow County Museum wish you Happy Holidays!

Throwback Thursday:'Tis the season and this Throwback Thursday we join museum educator Emily Baker as she discusses the ...
12/17/2020
Colonial Onslow: Christmas

Throwback Thursday:
'Tis the season and this Throwback Thursday we join museum educator Emily Baker as she discusses the differences between modern Christmas and how the colonists would have observed the holiday during the 18th century.

To learn more check out these articles from Colonial Williamsburg for more in depth explorations of the topic: https://slaveryandremembrance.org/almanack/life/christmas/history.cfm

Join museum educator Emily Baker as she explores how Onslowans celebrated Christmas during the Colonial Period.

'Tis the #season for another great take and make craft from the Onslow County Museum! Pick up your FREE holiday take and...
12/09/2020

'Tis the #season for another great take and make craft from the Onslow County Museum! Pick up your FREE holiday take and make craft kits in the Museum lobby December 14-19, Monday - Friday, 8-5 and Saturday, 10-4. First come, first served, while supplies last.

The Onslow County Museum is excited to announce our newest changing gallery exhibit The First Gulf War: The War to Free ...
12/01/2020

The Onslow County Museum is excited to announce our newest changing gallery exhibit The First Gulf War: The War to Free Kuwait, a traveling exhibition organized by the North Carolina Museum of History. The exhibit explores the conflict and the contributions of over 75,000 men and women stationed in North Carolina. Onslow County, home of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, saw the deployment of over 24,000 marines and sailors, who followed the route now known as Freedom Way from Camp Lejeune to the port at Morehead City on their way to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

The exhibit will be installed in the changing gallery from December 1, 2020 until May 31, 2021.

Join the Onslow County Museum as we celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a FREE take and make craft kit. Activi...
11/13/2020

Join the Onslow County Museum as we celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a FREE take and make craft kit. Activities include a dream catcher, spinner drum, and more!

You can pick up kits, first come first served, from the museum lobby Monday 11/16 - Friday 11/20, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Saturday 11/21, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Throwback Thursday: In honor of Veteran’s Day, we are exploring the Museum’s collection and the connections to veterans ...
11/12/2020

Throwback Thursday:
In honor of Veteran’s Day, we are exploring the Museum’s collection and the connections to veterans from the American Revolution all the way to today. One story stands out in that members of the family residing in Onslow County have been involved in conflicts dating to the Revolution.

Colonel Henry Rhodes, who served in the Onslow County militia during the Revolutionary War and on whose plantation the militia mustered, was likely at the battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge along with his command of the Onslow Minutemen. He also served on the county committee of safety and on the Council of Safety for the Wilmington District. During the American Civil War eight Rhodes descendants served in the Confederate army. One of those, 1st Lt. Anthony Hatch Rhodes can trace his descendants to William Anthony Rhodes, who served in World War I and Calvin and Benford Rhodes, who served in World War Two.

Sgt. Calvin Rhodes, who served in the Airforce as a tail gunner on a B-17 flying fortress, was captured on Christmas Eve 1944 and held in Stalag III-A, a prisoner of war camp in Germany. He was released in June 1945. His Footlocker, with all its contents, is part of the museum’s permanent collection. Calvin’s brother Benford Rhodes served in the Navy as a radio operator on board a bomber as well and went on to become one of the early members of the county’s Civil Defense Agency. Private ham radio operators like Benford Rhodes were able to keep in contact around the county and the country in case of emergencies. His radio equipment, pictured here in his command center, is also part of the museum’s permanent collection.

As we honor these veterans, we would also like to thank the many veterans who have called Onslow home for their service to this country.

11/05/2020
Prehistoric Onslow

Throwback Thursday:
November is Native American Heritage month and for this Throwback Thursday we join Museum Director Lisa Whitman-Grice as she discusses prehistoric Onslow, from the early fossil record to the first inhabitants that settled this area.

https://youtu.be/Bda6eiDqLvE

Join us for Tour With Us Tuesdays as we travel through the museum's galleries. This video explores Onslow County's prehistoric fossil record and the first pe...

10/29/2020
Onslow County Cemeteries

Throwback Thursday: 👻🧟‍♀️⚰️

It's a frightening time of year and as we get ready for Halloween we're exploring the cemeteries in Onslow County. Many people think cemeteries are haunted places, where spooky things are hiding behind every headstone. But not us! We see cemeteries as excellent resources that contain information helpful when doing genealogical research! Check out our video with Museum Director Lisa Whitman-Grice as she explores just a few of the cemeteries you can find around Onslow County, including the Verona Loop National Cemetery, the Huggins Cemetery, and the Montford Point National Cemetery.

You can learn more about Onslow's cemeteries using this interactive map created by Onslow County GIS: https://www.onslowcountync.gov/cemeteries. This map is open for editing so if you have information about a local cemetery such as names, dates, locations, or photographs please feel free to add them! Additionally, the Museum's reference library contains the "Onslow County Cemetery Records," a twelve volume series compiled and edited by Michael Whaley for the New Hanover County Public Library as well as "Markers of Time," a four volume series focused on the cemeteries moved from land that became Camp Lejeune. "The Architectural History of Onslow County, North Carolina," by Dan Pezzoni also includes information about some of our cemeteries.

Websites such as ancestry.com and findagrave.com can also provide information from and about our local cemeteries.

🎃Happy Halloween!🎃

https://youtu.be/fz7B0VOko5U

Join Onslow County Museum Director Lisa Whitman-Grice as she explores a few of the many cemeteries in Onslow County and how we can use them as resources for ...

OOOoooOOOooo, it's almost Halloween! And to celebrate we're learning about SPIDERS! Pick up your FREE take and make spid...
10/20/2020

OOOoooOOOooo, it's almost Halloween! And to celebrate we're learning about SPIDERS! Pick up your FREE take and make spider craft kit the week of October 26 - 31 from the Museum lobby! First come, first served, while supplies last!

The Onslow County Museum is open Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Saturdays 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

10/15/2020
Ballot Box - 3D model by Onslow County Museum [818c056] - Sketchfab

Throwback Thursday:
Early voting begins today so we're taking a look at the Onslow County Museum's collection of ballot boxes! These boxes were used to collect ballots in Onslow County during the 1940s and 1950s by election officials Eldridge Walton and his sister Nannie Walton. The election of 1954 is the last time these boxes were used. Check out this 3D model of the ballot boxes and explore other 3D models of artifacts from the Museum's collection.

These ballot boxes were used in Onslow County elections during the 1940s and 1950s.

The last day to view the changing exhibit "Order in the Court" will be Saturday, November 14. Stay tuned for information...
10/10/2020

The last day to view the changing exhibit "Order in the Court" will be Saturday, November 14. Stay tuned for information on our next changing exhibit!

Throwback Thursday:This week is national fire prevention week, so we're taking a look at our collection of fire safety e...
10/08/2020

Throwback Thursday:
This week is national fire prevention week, so we're taking a look at our collection of fire safety equipment! We also look back ninety nine years to the fire that burned much of downtown Richlands on June 18, 1921. The fire was responsible for destroying many of the wooden buildings that made up the town in the early twentieth century, which were replaced with the brick structures we see today.

We also look at how fire prevention and safety have changed over time, with the growth of volunteer and paid fire departments. Many of Onslow County's fire departments have recently improved their fire insurance or ISO ratings. Included in the photos of this post is a table showing area fire departments and their improved ratings, lower equals better!

Throwback Thursday: This week has seen the celebration of International Coffee Day, with many countries observing betwee...
10/01/2020

Throwback Thursday:

This week has seen the celebration of International Coffee Day, with many countries observing between September 28 - October 1. So how do you take your coffee? Here at the museum we like it OLD! Check out these items from the museum's collection that relate to coffee and the many ways it is brewed and consumed.

09/24/2020
Hurricanes

Throwback Thursday:
September is the peak of hurricane season and Onslow County's proximity to the coast means that residents have seen impacts from storms throughout its history. Join Museum Director Lisa Whitman-Grice and Emergency Operation Director Norman Bryon as they explore the history of some of the hurricanes that have impacted Onslow County, including the storm of 1752, which destroyed the county seat of Johnston.

While there is little recorded about the storm, the few sources that remain depict a damaging hurricane that made landfall on September 30, 1752 in Onslow. The storm surge rose at least ten feet up the New River and strong winds damaged and destroyed many structures. Some accounts record 7-8 lives lost. The newly settled town of Johnston, site of the county courthouse and jail, as well as several homes, ordinaries, and mercantile establishments, was completely destroyed. Also destroyed were the records kept at the courthouse, including land deeds, wills, tax documents, bastardy bonds, and indentures. In the aftermath of the storm county leaders chose to move the site of the county seat further inland to Wantland's Ferry, today known as Jacksonville.

Read more about this storm, and others historical storms in David Ludlum's "Early American Hurricanes, 1492-1870."
https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015002912718&view=1up&seq=63

https://youtu.be/ZVPsZo1quwo

On this Throwback Thursday video we explore the history of some of the hurricanes that have affected Onslow County with Emergency Services Director, Norman B...

We still have a few take home craft kits left for Talk Like A Pirate day, so swing by today or tomorrow to pick yours up...
09/18/2020

We still have a few take home craft kits left for Talk Like A Pirate day, so swing by today or tomorrow to pick yours up!

The Onslow County Museum is open Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 5:00, and Saturday, 10:00 - 4:00.

Throwback Thursday:  If you’re like us then you’ve been binge watching all kinds of TV during the last six months of thi...
09/17/2020

Throwback Thursday: If you’re like us then you’ve been binge watching all kinds of TV during the last six months of this pandemic. Imagine trying to spend all that couch time staring at this tiny screen, not nearly as easy as holding your phone or tablet! This Temple Radio television, ca. 1948, boasts a seven inch screen with a built in nine inch magnifying lens!

Manufactured by the Templetone Radio Manufacturing corporation in Mystic, CT, these television sets were somewhat of a novelty since the company primarily made radios. Only four models, all similar in appearance, were created in 1948 and 1949.

So, what were people watching in 1948, the year that saw tv ownership reach one million homes? Milton Berle became the first US television star in Texaco Star Theater, which later became the Milton Berle Show on NBC. Ed Sullivan also began his career that year on CBS. Candid Camera, a show that aired in some form until 2014 also debuted in 1948.

ARRGH Matey! This Saturday, September 19, is Talk Like A Pirate Day! The Onslow County Museum invites you to pick up a F...
09/14/2020

ARRGH Matey! This Saturday, September 19, is Talk Like A Pirate Day! The Onslow County Museum invites you to pick up a FREE take home kit anytime this week, which you can use to make some awesome pirate crafts at home! There are a limited number of craft kits, first come first served, so make sure to pick yours up soon! When you pick up your kit, make sure to check out the mini pirate exhibit in the Museum lobby! As a reminder the museum has opened for regular operating hours, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, and on Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Please call the Museum at 910-324-5008 with any questions.

During this time of Covid-19 we remember that even pirates were affected by disease and sought to mitigate its effects. Many ships carried a yellow flag, sometimes known as the Yellow Jack, that would signal to other ships and ports that there was a disease aboard. These ships could then be quarantined to make sure that others were not infected. Archeologists have even discovered several medical instruments aboard Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge. In fact, when Blackbeard captured the ship, he forced the three French surgeons on board to remain with his crew! You can learn more about artifacts discovered on the QAR here: https://www.qaronline.org/conservation/artifacts

Two years ago, some friendly pirates visited with the Onslow County Museum on North Topsail Beach! Legend has it they discovered some buried treasure!

09/06/2020

The Onslow County Museum offices will be closed Monday, September 7 in observance of Labor Day. However, we are excited to announce that the Onslow County Museum will reopen Tuesday, September 8 with special safety precautions and at 50% capacity in accordance with Governor Cooper's Safer At Home 2.5 executive order. The Onslow County Museum will resume regular hours, 8:00AM – 5:00PM, Monday – Friday, and 10:00AM – 4:00PM on Saturday.

When visiting the Onslow County Museum please be mindful of the three W’s, Wear your mask, Wait six feet from other visitors, and Wash your hands frequently. Guests will notice several hand sanitizing stations, social distancing stickers, and directional guidance throughout our exhibits. Some interactives and high touch areas will be temporarily closed. Routine cleaning and disinfecting will take place throughout the day.

We ask that visitors who wish to use the research room or bring artifact donations to please make an appointment in advance. The research room will be available for two-hour appointment windows and cleaned between each session.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Museum at 910-324-5008

Address

301 S Wilmington St
Richlands, NC
28574

General information

Admission: $2.00/adult and $1.00/ child ages 3-18, plus tax. Cash or Check only. Follow us on Twitter @onslowcomuseum Follow us on Instagram @onslowcomuseum Visit the Environmental Education Center in Sneads Ferry: https://www.facebook.com/Onslow-County-Environmental-Education-Center-284151705098065/

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(910) 324-5008

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