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Address: 241 E Market St, Smithfield, NC 27577-3917
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+1 919-934-2836

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Great Little bit of History

Admission is free, donations accepted. 1st floor Gallery had a really nice display of local Confederate history. Sherman was Headquartered in Smithfield as the war ended. The... read more

Reviewed 22 May 2016
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Reviewed 22 May 2016

Admission is free, donations accepted. 1st floor Gallery had a really nice display of local Confederate history. Sherman was Headquartered in Smithfield as the war ended. The reference library on the third floor is very extensive if you are looking for relatives that lived in Johnston County.

1 Thank BW2
Smithfield, North Carolina
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Reviewed 12 April 2016

The Heritage Center is a treasure for those who like history and particularly for those with family roots in Johnston County and the surrounding area. The first floor is home to rotating exhibits showing how people lived and worked. These exhibits are suitable for any age and may spark an interest in history in children. The real treasure is the... More 

1 Thank Rebby2013
New Jersey
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2016

I stopped in the Heritage Center following my grandmother's passing a few years ago, and the person who assisted me was amazing. She was able to get information on my family tracing back to 1823...what an amazing find!! Since families didn't move about as they do today, it made things easy, but the worker at the location was simply AMAZING...nice,... More 

Thank TweeteyB
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 23 July 2015 via mobile

The exhibit on the first floor is small.The real asset is on the 3rd floor where county records and other genealogical resources can be found. This is a great collection. The staff are extremely knowledgeable. They are the heart of the center.

1 Thank Kimberly M
Raleigh, North Carolina
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76 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2015

This local museum, although small and free, has several interesting exhibits. It also houses an extensive local genealogy library upstairs. The staff is friendly and helpful.

Thank Don W
Matthews, North Carolina
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20 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2015

If you are looking for information about your ancestors or family genealogy, this is a one-of-a-kind resource not found anywhere else in Eastern North Carolina. The staff is always extremely friendly and helpful, even when you are not sure where to start. If you are a serious researcher, then you can spend several days here. If you are just visiting... More 

1 Thank EandT94
Raleigh, North Carolina
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294 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 392 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2015

This is a nice museum that is in the building of the former First Citizens bank. The old vault is still there too! This museum is on the next block from the library and Ava Gardner Museum, so if you are in the area, make sure you stop here as well. The admission is free and you will learn some... More 

Thank NCTraveler2015
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 2 October 2014

I stopped in here this morning and was greeted by friendly people and a surprising little museum. There are books for purchase about the history of this cute little town, and the exhibits talk about famous and almost famous Smithfield/Johnston County citizens. I learned a lot, and I'm glad I went! Admission is free and so is street parking. =)

1 Thank QuickWhitTravel
Smithfield, North Carolina
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55 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2014

The Johnston County Heritage Center has done a great job preserving the history of Johnston County! The rotating exhibits are always well done and very informative. The staff there is an excellent resource when it comes to genealogical research. You can also read old copies of the local newspaper, The Smithfield Herald, on microfilm.

Thank Sarah E
Goldsboro, North Carolina
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

I am a geneology nut & I've never spent as much time as I want to there. Computers, lots of books. Friendly staff. Large exhibit room, Books for sale. well worth your time.

Thank 37Ginny37

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