History in the Making


Check out our new virtual exhibit: Treasures and Curiosities!



About the History Center

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.

157 North 2nd Street, Albemarle, NC 28001
Telephone: 704-986-3777


  • Monday through Friday: 9 AM to 5 PM
  • Last Saturday of each 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.


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