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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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

It’s census season and this Throwback Thursday we’re looking at the importance of the census, not just to historians, re...
09/03/2020

It’s census season and this Throwback Thursday we’re looking at the importance of the census, not just to historians, researchers, and genealogists, but also to present day funding and services. The US Constitution requires a decennial (every ten years) population count, but the census has become much more than that, collecting demographic, agricultural, and economic data to help guide decision making for the vast and diverse communities in our country. As the census grew during the 19th century, it became evident that processing all the data required a permanent Census Office, which Congress created in 1902.

The below images taken from historical censuses shows the evolution of that data collection. It also provides us with a look into the makeup of our community, who we were and how we lived. For historians these snapshots of a community can provide evidence of how broader social, political, and economic movements were felt at a local level. Prior to the American Civil War the data helps us find free people of color and the roles they held in their community. We use census data to discover trends in a community as well; as technologies change, so too do the jobs people hold. It also provides research material for genealogists tracking individuals and families through time.

Not only do we look to at the national census for historical data but a complete and accurate accounting of households in each community is vital for current information as well as the ability to plan for future growth. The census data that you provide today, as noted earlier, is kept strictly confidential and is not released for 72 years. For example, the 1950 census information will not be made public until 2022 – and historians and genealogists cannot wait to see what they can learn. However, the essential quantitative or numerical data including the number of people who live in our county and state is essential to receiving key federal funding allocations, representation in the U.S. House of Representatives, and important services. Be part of the complete count today to make a difference in the future of Onslow County.

09/02/2020
Discover Onslow Part Two

On our final Wild Wednesday at the Onslow County Environmental Education Center we explore the flora and fauna that call Onslow home.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0SUDM2WyxQ

Join Museum Director Lisa Whitman-Grice on our final Wild Wednesday tour at the EEC and learn all about the flora and fauna that call this place home!

Are you at home with school aged kids, trying to keep them engaged while learning? Check out our Virtual Programming pag...
09/01/2020
Virtual Programing | Onslow County, NC

Are you at home with school aged kids, trying to keep them engaged while learning? Check out our Virtual Programming page on the museum's website! We have FREE science and history virtual programs for all ages, and we're updating it constantly!

http://www.onslowcountync.gov/1693/Virtual-Tours

In an effort to promote social distancing the museum is excited to provide virtual tours of exhibits and programs.

On this Throwback Thursday we celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony for the building in which the museum currently resid...
08/27/2020

On this Throwback Thursday we celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony for the building in which the museum currently resides. Twenty seven years ago today, August 27, 1993, County Commissioners scooped the first shovelful of dirt on the site that would become home to the Onslow County Museum and the Richlands Branch Library.

08/26/2020
Discover Onslow Part One

On this Wild Wednesday at the Onslow County Environmental Education Center follow along as Museum Director Lisa Whitman-Grice explores the Discover Onslow gallery and the rivers that define our county!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSQbb_gLPCY

Join Museum Director Lisa Whitman-Grice on this Wild Wednesday tour of the Environmental Education Center in Sneads Ferry. We explore the rivers, the New and...

08/19/2020
Venus Fly Trap

It's Wild Wednesday at the EEC and we're exploring a plant unique to this region, the Venus Fly Trap! Follow along with Museum Educator Mrs. Emily as she discusses this carnivorous plant and then create your own Venus Fly Trap!

https://youtu.be/TM1EKkSaylE

Join Museum Educator Mrs. Emily on another Wild Wednesday at the EEC as she discusses Venus Fly Traps and shows you how to make your own!

In commemoration of the 19th amendment, which became part of the US Constitution on this day in 1920 and reads "The righ...
08/18/2020

In commemoration of the 19th amendment, which became part of the US Constitution on this day in 1920 and reads "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex," we share this photo from our 2008 Summer Art Camp. The theme was "Modern Life," after the turn of the century, and one camper chose to represent a women's suffrage activist. Her stole reads "Votes for Women."

While the museum remains closed under phase 2 of the Safer at Home executive order, we do have a temporary exhibit from National Archives titled "Rightfully Hers," which will remain up once the museum resumes regular hours.

08/18/2020
Twentieth Century and Museum Updates

Join Museum Director Lisa Whitman-Grice on this Tour With Us Tuesday as she discusses the latter half of the Twentieth Century as well as updates coming to The Water and The Wood!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pel0f2JJyEw

Join Museum Director Lisa Whitman-Grice on this Tour With Us Tuesday as she discusses the latter half of the twentieth century as well as updates to the muse...

Throwback Thursday: This week is shark week and what better way to celebrate Throwback Thursday than to look at sharks i...
08/14/2020

Throwback Thursday: This week is shark week and what better way to celebrate Throwback Thursday than to look at sharks in our own back yard! The Onslow Rod and Gun Club, one of many popular hunting and fishing clubs that populated North Carolina’s coast during the early twentieth century, kept a journal of the many adventures of its members as they hunted and fished along the New River and its Inlet. On this week in 1918 one member recorded in the journal several encounters with sharks, some scaring away the drum they fished for, one they caught, and one swimming up French’s Creek!

One notable club member recorded in these pages is Herbert Hutchinson Brimley, who served as the first Curator and then Director of the NC Museum of Natural History from 1895 to 1937. Due to his association with Onslow County the Museum of Natural History has in its collection a woolly mammoth skull found here in Onslow County as well as a large Mola Mola, or Sunfish, brought into Swansboro!

08/12/2020
Dragonflies

On this Wild Wednesday learn all about dragonflies and create a dragonfly bead craft!

https://youtu.be/vf6bNxGs2Eo

Follow along on this Wild Wednesday at the EEC with Museum Educator Mrs. Emily as she discusses dragonflies and creates a cool dragonfly craft!

08/05/2020
Nature Walk

It's a Wild Wednesday at the Onslow County Environmental Education Center and we're following along with the Museum Director Lisa Whitman-Grice as she explores the nature trail at the EEC! Join us with your naturalist's notebook from our craft kit (or print one from our website!) and explore the beautiful natural areas Onslow County has to offer!

click here to print a notebook! http://www.onslowcountync.gov/DocumentCenter/View/11375/Nature-Journal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3OtlhhtU6g

Join Museum Director Lisa Whitman-Grice as she explores the trail behind the Environmental Education Center in Sneads Ferry and talks about our first craft f...

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301 S Wilmington St
Richlands, NC
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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/

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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

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(910) 324-5008

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