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.
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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. 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.

Join us each Wednesday in the month of August as we release a Wild Wednesday video to accompany the FREE craft kits! Reg...
07/29/2020

Join us each Wednesday in the month of August as we release a Wild Wednesday video to accompany the FREE craft kits! Register this Thursday and Friday by calling the museum at 910-324-5008 or sending us a Facebook message with the number of kits you need, your phone number, and when and where you'd like to pick up the kits.

We have TWO (2) pick up locations. You can pick up at the museum from 10-12 on Monday and Tuesday, or you can pick up at the Onslow County Environmental Education Center Monday and Tuesday from 2-4.

07/28/2020
Twentieth Century Part I

Tour With Us Tuesday and follow along as Museum Director Lisa Whitman-Grice explores how Onslow County changed and evolved during the first half of the twentieth century.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgp1veWAF_I

Join Museum Director Lisa Whitman-Grice as she explores how Onslow County changed during the first half of the twentieth century. From new modes of transport...

Thank you for your interest in Family Fun Friday, unfortunately we've exhausted our capacity for free craft kits but you...
07/26/2020

Thank you for your interest in Family Fun Friday, unfortunately we've exhausted our capacity for free craft kits but you can find instruction manuals and materials lists for all of our craft kits on our website: http://www.onslowcountync.gov/1754/Space-Crafts.

Stay tuned for our Wild Wednesdays craft series through the month of August from the Onslow County Environmental Education Center!

07/24/2020
Extraterrestrial Life

This Family Fun Friday is practically out of this world! Explore with Mrs. Emily extraterrestrial life and create your own alien space craft!

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

Join Museum Educator Mrs. Emily for another Family Fun Friday. In this video Mrs. Emily discusses extraterrestrial life and walks you through creating your o...

Tour With Us Tuesday! Join Museum Director Lisa Whitman-Grice as she explores how agriculture and transportation in Onsl...
07/21/2020
Late 19th century Onslow

Tour With Us Tuesday! Join Museum Director Lisa Whitman-Grice as she explores how agriculture and transportation in Onslow County changed with new technologies during the late 19th century.

https://youtu.be/Xl7sh5JGW5g

Join Museum Director Lisa Whitman-Grice as she explores how agriculture and transportation changed with new technologies during the late 19th century.

It's time to register for Family Fun Friday at the museum! This week Mrs. Emily will explore Extraterrestrial Life! Send...
07/19/2020

It's time to register for Family Fun Friday at the museum! This week Mrs. Emily will explore Extraterrestrial Life! Send us a Facebook Message or give us a call (910-324-5008) Monday and Tuesday to register!

We have a limited number (50) of FREE craft kits, so be sure to register quickly! Registration closes Tuesday at 5:00 PM.

Throwback Thursday: If you’ve headed to the beach this summer you may have passed by Winery Road, which connects Old Fol...
07/16/2020

Throwback Thursday: If you’ve headed to the beach this summer you may have passed by Winery Road, which connects Old Folkstone Road to Highway 172. If you’ve ever wondered how the road got its name then follow along as we explore the history of Onslow Wine Cellars, the first winery to open in Onslow County after Prohibition.

Onslow County has a long tradition of making wine from muscadine grapes, including the most popular, and oldest varietal, Scuppernong, which are native to the state. In 1859, at the first county fair in Onslow, Mrs. Col. Montfort took both first and second place for best Scuppernong wine, undoubtedly using traditions and methods that had been handed down to her. However, in 1908 North Carolina voters approved a prohibition on the sale of alcohol, the first state to do so, and legal production of wine ceased until nationwide Prohibition was ended by the passage of the 21st Amendment in 1933.

Growing muscadine grapes gradually became more popular in North Carolina after efforts to convert small farmers from cotton to grapes sought help offset losses due to the boll weevil. In 1950 farmers in Onslow County planted twenty-five acres of scuppernong for sale to a winery out of state, but in 1955 the winery refused to buy the grapes. Raymond A. Hartsfield, one of the Onslow farmers, reacted by building his own winery to purchase and process the grapes grown locally. Onslow Wine Cellars grew as demand for the wine increased. Throughout the 1960s it was the only winery listed by the IRS’ Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division as having a permit to operate in North Carolina.

In 1967 Onslow Wine Cellars lobbied the state legislature in order to produce fortified or “sweet” wines alongside the unfortified wines they had been producing. At the time a fortified wine was that which had an alcohol percentage above 14%. State Senator Albert J. Ellis of Onslow explained the bill to the General Assembly, saying that since both wines could be sold in the state it was unfair for local industries to be able to only produce one type. A month later, just before the end of the legislative session, The Daily Times-News out of Burlington, NC reported that a brown bag with a bottle of scuppernong wine from Onslow County had been placed at each legislative member’s desk. The measure passed.

By 1969 Raymond Hartsfield sold Onslow Wine Cellars to a winery out of Petersburg, Virginia, who continued to sell the brand after operations in Onslow County shut down. Vestiges of the winery remain here in Onslow on road signs and in left over bottles, sometimes found in barns, old dump sites, or antique stores. The pictures included in this post come from the museum’s permanent collection. Do you have memories, stories, or even artifacts that are related to Onslow Wine Cellars? If so, we would love for you to share them with us! Cheers!

Sources:
Helsley, Alexia Jones. A History of North Carolina Wine: From Scuppernong to Syrah. Charleston, SC, The History Press, 2010.
Taplin, Ian M. The Modern American Wine Industry: Market Formation and Growth in North Carolina. Brookfield, Vt, Pickering & Chatto, 2011.
"Onslow County-The First Annual Fair- Crowd In Attendance-Ball-Party-Premium List," Newbern Daily Progress, 29 November, 1859.
“Wine Making Bill Offered,” Statesville Record and Landmark, 17 May, 1967.
“A Legislative Session Is Over,” The Daily Times-News, (Burlington), 8 July, 1967.

07/14/2020
Civil War

Join Museum Director Lisa Whitman-Grice for our latest Tour With Us Tuesday and discover how the American Civil War impacted those that lived here in Onslow County.

https://youtu.be/UAHpfYLbh-g

Follow along as Museum Director Lisa Whitman-Grice explores how the American Civil War affected those who lived in Onslow County. To read the rosters of Unio...

It's time to register for another Family Fun Friday at the Onslow County Museum! We have a limited number (50) of kits a...
07/11/2020

It's time to register for another Family Fun Friday at the Onslow County Museum! We have a limited number (50) of kits available so make sure to give us a call at 910-324-5008, or send us a message with your name, phone number, number of kits, and preferred pick up time by Tuesday 5:00 PM. Pick up times available are Wednesday and Thursday 10:00 - 12:00 or 2:00 - 4:00.

07/10/2020
Moon

It's time for another Family Fun Friday with Mrs. Emily! Today we explore the Moon and learn some tips for creating your very own button crescent moon craft!

Check out more virtual exploration opportunities on our website:
http://www.onslowcountync.gov/1693/Virtual-Tours

https://youtu.be/UyOomnIPg2I

Join Mrs. Emily for another Family Fun Friday! This video explores the Moon, its iconic craters, why we only see one side, and the next NASA mission to bring...

07/07/2020
Antebellum Onslow

On this Tour With Us Tuesday Museum Director Lisa Whitman-Grice explores antebellum Onslow. Follow along as she discusses the county's agricultural economy, the enslaved people on whom it relied, as well as the War of 1812 and Onlsow's own privateer Otway Burns.

Check out more virtual opportunities on our webpage: http://www.onslowcountync.gov/1693/Virtual-Tours

https://youtu.be/xEAjlDmvIMY

Join Museum Director Lisa Whitman-Grice as she discusses Onslow County during the antebellum period. This video explores the agricultural legacy of the count...

It's time to register for another Family Fun Friday at the Onslow County Museum! In celebration of the 4th of July holid...
07/05/2020

It's time to register for another Family Fun Friday at the Onslow County Museum! In celebration of the 4th of July holiday the museum is closed Monday, July 6th. To register please send us a Facebook message with the number of craft kits, your name, and phone number, as well as your preferred pick up time, Wednesday or Thursday, 10-12 or 2-4. You can also call us on Tuesday to register, 910-324-5008.

07/03/2020
Planets

Another Family Fun Friday at the Onslow County Museum! Today Mrs. Emily will discuss planets and then lead you through the solar system mobile craft from our craft kit. If you were not able to register for a craft kit this week, you can find instructions for all of our crafts on our website: http://www.onslowcountync.gov/1754/Space-Crafts

Check our virtual programming page for even more exciting virtual opportunities: http://www.onslowcountync.gov/1693/Virtual-Tours

https://youtu.be/Wpvy_ynS3Qg

Join us for another Family Fun Friday at the Onslow County Museum. Museum educator Mrs. Emily will discuss our solar system and then lead you through creatin...

07/03/2020

In honor of the July 4th holiday the museum will be closed Friday, July 3 - Monday, July 6.

07/02/2020
Collecting for the Future

This Throwback Thursday we're going to throw it forward! Join museum curator Chance Hellmann as he discusses how and why the museum collects items and stories, especially during significant historical events.

The museum is actively collecting stories and artifacts related to this pandemic such as homemade masks, closing or reopening signs, protest signs, photographs, etc. If you have stories or items you'd like to share with us or donate to the museum's permanent collection, check out our web page on collecting during this pandemic: http://www.onslowcountync.gov/1717/Remembering-Coronavirus

https://youtu.be/xD6jkSPiZQg

Join the Onslow County Museum's curator Chance Hellmann as he discusses how and why the museum collects artifacts, with a special focus on collecting during ...

06/30/2020
Onslow in Early America

Join us in our third installment of Tour With Us Tuesdays as Museum Director Lisa Whitman-Grice explores Onslow County during the early years of the republic. Just in time for the 4th of July, we cover independence, the first US Census, and President Washington's southern tour.

https://youtu.be/uXsTURPzJqU

Join museum director Lisa Whitman-Grice as she explores Onslow County in the early years of the republic. Independence, the first US census, and President Wa...

It's time to register for another Family Fun Friday! Call the museum, 910-324-5008, Monday or Tuesday to register your k...
06/27/2020

It's time to register for another Family Fun Friday! Call the museum, 910-324-5008, Monday or Tuesday to register your kids for FREE make and take craft kits. This week's intergalactic theme is PLANETS!

Send us your planet related questions via Facebook Messenger or when you call to register, and Mrs. Emily will answer in her video on Friday!

Pickup times for craft kits are Wednesday and Thursday, from 10:00-12:00 and 2:00-4:00.

06/26/2020
Stars

The museum is excited for our first Family Fun Friday of the summer! Join us each Friday as museum educator, Mrs. Emily, explores our summer art topic, Space, with fun facts and exciting crafts! This week we'll discover the sparkling stars that light our night sky!

If you were not able to register for a craft kit be sure to check our website for instructions you can use to follow along at home with materials you may already have!
http://www.onslowcountync.gov/1754/Space-Crafts

Make sure to check our virtual programming page for more exciting virtual opportunities!
http://www.onslowcountync.gov/1693/Virtual-Tours

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49JMNvIUWp4

Join Onslow County Museum education coordinator, Emily Baker, as she explores our night sky. Learn about stars and constellations and get to create your very...

06/23/2020
Colonial Settlement

Follow along on another Tour With Us Tuesdays, as Museum Director Lisa Whitman-Grice explores the colonial settlement of Onslow County during the eighteenth century.

Make sure to check out all of our virtual programming on our website:
http://www.onslowcountync.gov/1693/Virtual-Tours

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3ct5Lo858U&t=1s

Travel along with Onslow County Museum Director to learn more about the colonial settlement of Onslow County. Where did the settlers come from, why did they ...

Saturday, June 20 marks the Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year and official start of the summer season. As we...
06/20/2020

Saturday, June 20 marks the Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year and official start of the summer season. As we take note of this event on the astronomical calendar, Onslow County Museum invites you to be a part of our summer celebration of galaxies, the Sun, planets, and other celestial bodies. We will launch the virtual edition our annual Summer Kids Discovery Exhibit, “I Need My Space” next week with the first in a series of (6) FAMILY FUN FRIDAYS. Each Friday, you can connect with the Museum as we create some stellar arts and crafts and learn some out-of-this world facts about outer-space.

REGISTRATION: To join in on the fun, families can call the Museum Monday and Tuesday of each week to register to pick up their own intergalactic grab and go space kits. The weekly space kits contain the instructions and materials needed to create the craft projects. To register please call the Museum at 910-324-5008.

PICK-UP: Curbside pick-up of the space kits will take place on Wednesday and Thursday of each week from 10 until 12 pm and 2 pm until 4 pm.

JOIN IN: Friday for a 10 am release on Facebook for a virtual visit and deep space discussions.

Week One – June 22 through June 26

It is time to sparkle and shine and learn about the stars of the night sky and constellations!

In celebration of Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery, we invite you to explore the rich history of the Af...
06/19/2020
The African American Experience in Onslow County | Onslow County, NC

In celebration of Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery, we invite you to explore the rich history of the African American community in Onslow County through our virtual exhibit "The African American Experience."

We have items in our collection from past Juneteenth celebrations and we invite you to share with us items, memories, and photos you may have collected as you've celebrated this most significant event.

You can also explore the places associated with African American history in Onslow County on the African American Heritage Trail.

https://www.onlyinonslow.com/african-american-heritage-trail/#:~:text=African%20American%20Heritage%20Trail,Jacksonville%20Onslow%20Chamber%20of%20Commerce.

To learn more about Juneteenth check out these sites from history.com

https://history.com/juneteenth?cmpid=email-hist-Classroom-2020-0619-06192020&om_rid=5feafe8631a30e3ab61b8064d4e17f05f7c381b49e3cd23efa877a3856ed8860

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

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

This Throwback Thursday we are exploring the war of 1812, which began this day two hundred eight years ago. Often when w...
06/18/2020

This Throwback Thursday we are exploring the war of 1812, which began this day two hundred eight years ago. Often when we think about the War of 1812 in Onslow County, we are reminded of the role played by privateer Otway Burns and his exploits harassing British ships. However, there were many more men who served the United States from Onslow.

During the first muster in 1812 the 1st Brigade, 2nd Regiment, 11th Company was a detachment of the Onslow Regiment of the NC Militia. These eighty men were led by Captain Jacob Golden.

Again, in 1814, a detachment of Onslow Militia was mustered, this time forming 3rd Regiment, 1st Company. Captain William Mitchell, who previously served as Lieutenant under Captain Golden, commanded 104 men.

A war that most historians treat as badly managed and poorly financed, offered little in the way of participation for North Carolina’s militia regiments, who primarily marched and never left the state. There are no records that show any combat or other involvement for the men raised in Onslow County, and there was no significant military activity in the state other than a naval incursion at Ocracoke and nearby Portsmouth Island in 1813. Nevertheless, the rumor mill generated reports that the North Carolina coast was in danger, and in September 1814 the Raleigh Minerva contained a report that the British landed in Swansboro and stole cattle. The war ended in February 1815 with eighteen men from North Carolina losing their lives serving in the Regular Army of the United States.

You can follow these links to see the names of men who served from Onslow County:

https://www.carolana.com/NC/1800s/antebellum/war_of_1812_1B_2R_11th_Company.html

https://www.carolana.com/NC/1800s/antebellum/war_of_1812_1814_3R_1st_Company.html

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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