History in the Making


Stanly County is a crossroads of history.  Its people have helped mold and define the cultural landscape of the county, the state, and the nation for more than 10,000 years. Our citizens value their history and have diligently worked together to establish the Stanly County Museum to safeguard the objects of their heritage. With so many different cultures and catalysts creating history in this “land between the rivers,” the Stanly County Museum has a unique collection of artifacts—from examples of Native American art and pottery to restored pioneer homes.  We invite you to discover the rich heritage that is Stanly County, North Carolina.

The Stanly County Museum is a department of the Stanly County Public Library and works closely with the Stanly County Historical Society, whose office is housed in the museum’s building.

Location (Newly Updated!):
157 North 2nd Street, Albemarle, NC 28001
telephone 704-986-3777

Hours (Newly Updated!):

  • Monday through Friday: 9 AM to 5 PM
  • 1st Saturday of the month: 9 AM to 1 PM.

Current Exhibits

Main Gallery: A General History of Stanly County

This exhibit begins with the first settlers of Stanly County, the Native Americans,and then examines Early Education and Home Life, Transportation, Industries, Military Battles, and the last 100 years.  Visitors can listen to oral histories from Stanly County World War II veterans, card cotton,  learn how to transfer calls on our interactive telephone switchboard and much more.

Changing Exhibit Area:

Mills of Stanly County

Stanly County Museum’s current exhibit is about the textile mills of Stanly County. Beginning in 1897 when Efird Mills opened their doors, this exhibit follows the rise and fall of the textile mills. Artifacts on display include the steam whistles from Wiscassett Mills, photographs of early 19th century mill worker children, a Wiscassett Mills baseball jersey, an early 19 th century knitting machine, and much more. Whenever possible, quotes from mill workers themselves are used to tell their story. This exhibit will remain on display into January 2020.

The Museum Gallery is self-guided. Guided tours of the Daniel Freeman House and I.W. Snuggs House are usually available daily upon request. Please call ahead to schedule a tour.


Admission is FREE. The Stanly County History Center is a public and educational service provided by Stanly County Government.