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1500 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC 28054
P 704-866-6900
F 704-866-6041
Outdoor Exhibits
Get some fresh air. Visit the museum's outdoor interpretive sites.
Nature Trail
All within a 0.7 mile trek, you'll experience a pine forest, mixed hardwood forest, and pond and stream communities typical of the North Carolina Piedmont. On our Trail for all Seasons, everyday is a good day for a walk.
Memorial Wildlife Garden
In this wildlife oasis, you can take advantage of the contemplative setting by escaping the rat race and settling into an environment authentically designed to provide food and shelter for the Carolina Piedmont's native species.
Catawba Indian Village
Open seasonally, this interpretation of 400 years of Catawba Indian culture, adaptation and survival is a must see for visitors interested our region's rich heritage. Visit a prehistoric bark-covered house, council house and log cabins. Please call 704.866.6908 to verify that the village is open.
Stone Age Heritage Site
Travel back in time when the stone tools our ancestors used were the cutting edge of technology. Walk among the standing stones, stone circles, earthen burial mound, rock cairn and petroglyphs that give insightful glimpses into our past.
18th Century Backcountry Farm
The ways of life of our early settlers is a source of fascination for many. Complete with living history presentations in period buildings, this interpretation is open seasonally and comes to life with hogs, sheep, chickens and cattle.