Transportation Museum

325 Franklin Street

Fayetteville, NC  28301

910-433-1457; 910-433-1458; 910-433-1944 

Tues.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm

Closed Sun. and  Mon.

The Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum is the hub for history in Downtown Fayetteville. From the history enthusiast to families looking for fun, there is something for everyone here. The Historic Properties division operates the museum, Museum Annex, the North Carolina Veterans Park, and city owned historic sites to include the Market House. The museum has oversight of the two National Register Districts and Local Landmarks.


About the Museum
Located in the beautifully restored 1890 Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley Railroad Depot, the museum offers two floors of engaging, artifact-filled exhibits. The rich history of our area is told from pre-history through the early 20th century. Favorite spots in the museum include the model train room, steamboat interactive, and the recreated Station Agent’s Office.

Museum Annex
Conveniently located next door to the museum, the annex continues Fayetteville’s story with automobiles and airplanes. Vintage cars, the recreated 1920s gas station, and Fayetteville’s 1880s Silsby Steam Pump Engine are a delight. Exhibit topics also include local law enforcement and fire department history, farm life, and the early years of Fort Bragg and Pope Army Air Field.

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The Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum is a wonderful educational resource of the City of Fayetteville. In addition to a self-guided experience, we offer guided tours for schools, home school groups, scouts, churches, civic groups, military units, and more. Tours are free and can be adapted to suit the needs of a wide range of ages and educational objectives.

Tours of the Museum and Annex Let staff lead the way through our exhibits. Our tours emphasize transportation and local history using a “now and then” approach to make the past relevant.

Downtown Walking Tours Discover the history of local landmarks and walk in the footsteps of historically significant personalities with a tour of Fayetteville’s Downtown Historic District. Your customized tour may include a visit to the Market House, the Fayetteville Light Infantry Museum and Armory, one of
a number of historic churches, Liberty Point, Cool Spring Tavern, and Cross Creek Cemetery.

Preschool Special Emphasis Tours We offer themed experiences for visitor’s ages 3 to 5. Each
program includes a sing-along, story time and exploration of specific artifacts in the museum and annex.

Local Government Program
Step inside City Hall to learn more about our local government. Held inside City Council Chambers, this
experience highlights the role of local government and how it operates. Students can role-play various positions in the Council Chambers and given a behind the scenes tour of the Emergency 911 Center, as city operations allow.

Local History Talks
Need a speaker for your upcoming program or event? Staff at the museum offer presentations on a variety of local history topics to organizations and groups in the community. Whether it is military heritage, historic preservation, or anything related to Fayetteville or Cumberland County’s history, we can help make your program a historical success.

For more information or to schedule a tour or program call 433-1457, 433-1458 or 433-1944. We open early for groups and experiences can be shortened, lengthened, or tailored to meet your group’s needs.


There is always something special to see and do at the museum so stop by often. You can also learn about museum happenings on the Fayetteville/Cumberland Parks and Recreation website or our museum’s Facebook page. Admission to programs and exhibits is free unless noted.

Civil War 150th
In March 1865, Union General Sherman and his army occupied Fayetteville. Through a variety of programs, exhibits and tours, the Civil War will be brought to life in recognition of the Sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary of the Civil War. For additional programming details see specific activities below or call for more information.

City Market at the Museum
The 2015 market season kicks off April 18. A market for local farmers and crafters is hosted on the grounds of the museum every Wed. and Sat. Fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, and other farm products are offered for sale. These seasonal offerings along with plants, flowers, pottery,
tea, soap, candles, jewelry, and more can be purchased. The market season runs from April through Dec. but a number of vendors appear year-round.
All ages; Wed.; 2-6 pm; Sat.; 9 am-1 pm; Free (market purchases on your own)

History of Cumberland County Photo Exhibit
Calling all photographers! Help us document the history of this area and be a part of a new exhibit at the museum. It’s as easy as find, click and submit. First, find a property on the National Register of Historic Places in Cumberland County. Next, take a picture of that property (or an element/portion of that property). Finally, submit your unframed, black and white, 8 X 10 image. Include a description of why you chose to photograph the property (50 words or less). Twenty entries will be selected for
exhibition. Interested photographers should pick up an entry form with additional details prior to submitting an entry. Limit one entry per person.
All ages; Submissions due: Tues., July 7; Exhibit opens: Tues., Aug. 11; Free

A History of the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry
Join staff from the museum on Aug. 16 at 2 pm in the Pate Room of Headquarters Library at 300 Maiden Ln. and then walk to the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry Armory and Museum at 210 Burgess St. for a tour. The program is in collaboration with the Cumberland County Public Library
and Information Center. This program highlights the history of the North Carolina militia system and focuses on the oldest militia unit in the South in continuous existence, the F.I.L.I. Enjoy this rare opportunity to see the inside of the F.I.L.I Armory and Museum.
10+; Sun., Aug. 16; 2-4 pm; Free.

The Museum offers a number of themed history bus tours. For more information on other bus tours offered throughout the year, contact the museum.

Cruise-In for 4th Fridays at the Museum
Experience a “night at the museum” every 4th Friday. Come explore our exhibits inside and some of the coolest cars around outside on the museum grounds. Car clubs and individual enthusiasts are welcome to make a pit stop at the museum and enjoy 4th Friday fun.
All ages; 4th Fri. of each month; 6-10 pm; Free

4th Fridays at the Market House Museum
The Market House, which is Cumberland County’s only National Historic Landmark, is open to the public on 4th Fridays from 6-10 pm. Explore the exhibit A View from the Square: A History of Downtown Fayetteville. In addition to the permanent exhibit, view a different local history exhibit each month.
All ages; 4th Fri. of each month; 6-10 pm; Free

June: Baseball
July: Early Car Dealerships In Fayetteville
Aug.: Anniversary of the End of World War II


This season the museum will open a number of exhibits and update our lobby area. We encourage you to visit us often, as there is always something new to see and learn about the history of our area. All ages; During museum hours; Free

Ezekiel Ezra Smith: Educator, Minister, Soldier, Statesman and Businessman
This exhibit opened Feb. 3 and highlights the renowned and multi-faceted citizen more commonly known as E.E. Smith.

Civil War 150th Special Exhibit
This exhibit opens March 3 and highlights the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and will focus on Union
General Sherman’s occupation of Fayetteville.

Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley Railway
This exhibit opens on April 7. The museum is located in the circa 1890 Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley Railroad Depot and Regional Office.

Early Fort Bragg and Pope Army Airfield
This exhibit will open on June 9. Explore the establishment of Camp Bragg and Pope Army Airfield through the eve of World War II.

All Things Fayetteville
This exhibit opens on June 23 and features various artifacts highlighting local artisans and businesses.

History of Cumberland County Photo Exhibit
View our history through the eyes of a photographer when this exhibit opens on Aug. 11. Images are of Cumberland County National Register properties.


From State House to Statehood
In 1789, Fayetteville was the place where the North Carolina delegates ratified the United States Constitution. This exhibit explores the people and places that surround this pivotal event in our city, state and national history. Visitors can also learn how Fayetteville has celebrated the ratification in previous milestone years.
All ages; During museum hours; Free

Lafayette in Fayetteville
Fayetteville is the first city named for the Marquis de Lafayette and the only city named for him that he visited. The exhibit includes the bed Lafayette slept in, a rosette worn at the ball held in his honor and other unique artifacts associated with Lafayette and his visit to Fayetteville in 1825. The museum is very thankful to a number of institutions and individuals for assisting in the presentation of the most comprehensive collection of Lafayette-related artifacts and information ever displayed in Fayetteville
under one roof.
All ages; During museum hours; Free

Civil War Sesquicentennial Exhibit
Cumberland County Goes to War is our exhibit commemorating the sesquicentennial anniversary of the
American Civil War. This exhibit features artifacts, pictures, documents, and educational panels which explore Cumberland County’s war experience both on the battlefield as well as the sacrifices made on the home front.
All ages; During museum hours; Free


121 Lamon Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301
FAX 910-433-1762

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