Admission is FREE for all exhibits and events except our Annual Reverse Raffle & Auctions!
Gateway Festival Saturday, October 8 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Gateway Festival, an annual fall festival honoring the anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain, will be celebrated all across Downtown Kings Mountain, NC on Saturday, October 8, 2016. Award-winning author, storyteller, and Road Scholar Randell Jones will present a program at 2:00 pm at the museum on new, recently developed history: “They Came Through Here: New Catawba Valley connections to the Battle of Kings Mountain.” The Battle of Kings Mountain on Oct. 7, 1780 was the "turning of the tide" in the American Revolution, a conflict between Americans-Whig rebels from the backcountry against Loyalists trained as British forces. Some patriot militiamen marched over the Appalachians in a heroic effort well celebrated today. But, these overmountain patriots were joined by the equally brave and courageous partisans of the Lincoln County militia and the South Carolina militia who marched nearly as far as any others to join in the gathering of militiamen to confront and defeat Ferguson's army atop Little King's Mountain. New history puts the Kings Mountain story squarely in the eastern Catawba Valley. This program is made possible with support from the Kings Mountain Tourism Development Authority. Visitors will also be able to see rare original artifacts on display with the current exhibit "Turning Point: The Battle of Kings Mountain" from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Kings Mountain Revolutionary Ghost Tours
Friday, October 7 // Saturday, October 8 // Friday October 14 // Saturday, October 15
TICKETED EVENT - GET YOURS SOON! Click here for tickets.
The museum will stay open until 11:30 pm on the dates above for the KINGS MOUNTAIN REVOLUTIONARY GHOST TOURS! Your experience will begin at the museum, where you can tour the exhibit "Turning Point: The Battle of Kings Mountain" to see some of the rare original artifacts that tell the story of the turning point of the American Revolution. Ticket check-in and shuttles to the Gateway Trail begin at the museum. The last shuttle will leave at 11:00 pm. For more information, click HERE.
SAVE THE DATES FOR OUR SIGNATURE HOLIDAY EVENTS, IN CONJUNCTION WITH OUR ANNUAL MODEL TRAIN EXHIBIT!
Spirit of Christmas Past Saturday, December 3 from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
10am-3pm: Experience the magic of the Toys, Games & TRAINS exhibit, and tour the historic Barber House decorated for the holidays. Learn about the history of Christmas celebrations, and participate in traditional craft demonstrations led by 18th century costumed interpreters. Bring home your own hand-made ornaments!
3pm-5pm: City of Kings Mountain’s annual Christmas Parade.
5pm-7pm: Enjoy a special “night run” of the Toys, Games & TRAINS exhibit, candlelight tours of the historic Barber House, and hot apple cider with cookies by the firelight.
Santa & Mrs. Claus Visit the Museum Saturday, December 10 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Santa Claus will be at the Museum during the Toys, Games & TRAINS exhibit to visit with the little ones. Mrs. Claus will also do a special reading of the classic 1823 children’s story, “The Night Before Christmas.”
ADMISSION IS FREE! Donations are appreciated. All donations go towards fulfilling the Museum’s mission to collect, preserve, and interpret history through exhibits, educational programs, tours, and other appropriate means, in order to foster a deeper understanding of the history of our community and the region.