Cary Heritage Museum

The Cary Heritage Museum, located in the Page-Walker Arts & History Center in downtown Cary, North Carolina, chronicles the history of the Town of Cary using a timeline exhibit. This community museum is free and open to the public. In 2014, the Cary Heritage Museum received the Evelina D. Miller Museum Award from the North Carolina Society of Historians.

Although packed into a small third-floor space, the museum receives hundreds of visitors each year and contains several significant artifacts and many educational exhibits, including:

  • A timeline exhibit that traverses the border of the museum, using a railroad track to guide visitors through Cary’s history (Cary was founded by Frank Page, who built a railroad hotel)

  • The WWI uniform and medical instruments of Dr. James Templeton, one of Cary’s first doctors

  • A restored watercolor painting featuring Walter Hines Page, son of the Town’s founder and one of Cary’s most prominent and successful citizens

  • A vintage Cary High School band uniform (the Cary High School band has played a prominent role in Cary’s history, as illustrated by the decades-long tradition of Cary Band Day, which continues in the present day)

  • Interactive exhibits about important events in Cary’s history

  • Several other exhibits and artifacts that bring Cary history to life, including a diorama of early Cary

The Cary Heritage Museum is a community asset that makes the best use of available space to tell the story of Cary, North Carolina. Long-term plans include the consideration of expanding the museum to make more artifacts accessible to the public.

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