"Martha C Thomas Museum" Aberdeen Things to Do Tip by etfromnc

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An official site on the NC Civil War Heritage Trail and located on the grounds of the Malcolm Blue Farm the Martha C Thomas Museum is only about 20 years old but looks very much like a mid-19th century barn might have. It's exhibits display the highlights of Aberdeen-area history, and include:
A 15-minute video on the harvesting of pine sap and production of turpentine
Early economic history of the area (primarily farming, lumber production, and "naval stores"
The second floor is largely devoted to the Civil War Battle of Monroe's Crossroads which took place in March, 1865 (one of the last battles of that war).
The actual site of the Battle of Monroe's Crossroads is within the confines of nearby Ft. Bragg so if you are a Civil War buff, the Martha Thomas Museum may be your best opportunity to learn about, or relive, this battle. For real history buffs, especially Southerners, the names of the generals who commanded the forces in this battle may pique your interest. They were Major General Hugh Kilpatrick of the Union Army and Lt. General Wade Hampton of the Confederate Army.

The Malcolm Blue Historical Society oversees the farm and the museum which is open Wednesday through Saturday from 1 PM until 4 PM.
Admission is free and there are several special-event weekends throughout the year. The most prominent is perhaps the Crafts and Farmskills Weekend which is held late in September.

Address: Hwy. 5, NE of Aberdeen
Directions: On the Malcolm Blue Farm
Phone: 910-944-7558
Website: http://www.malcolmbluefarm.org

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  • Written Nov 3, 2005
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