Museum of the Cape Fear
The Museum of the Cape Fear  in Fayetteville  is the third regional branch of the North Carolina Museum of History  and the only one that began as a branch museum. (The other two regional branches, the Museum of the Albemarle  in Elizabeth City and the Gateway Museum  in Old Fort, operated independently before coming under the Museum of History's umbrella.) The free-admission Museum of the Cape Fear opened in 1987 with funding assistance from the Historic Fayetteville Foundation and with Rodney Barfield as its first curator. It introduces visitors to the history and culture of southeastern North Carolina through exhibits, lectures, and workshops and, as part of its mission as a regional branch, offers expertise to the nonstate historical museums, sites, and agencies in its 20-county service area.
The museum features permanent exhibits on the history of the Piedmont  and the lower North Carolina coast from early Native American  settlements through the Civil War  period. Exhibits on transportation in the region, Fayetteville  history (including the devastating 1831 fire), and an 1890 potter's shop are of particular interest. Visitors and school groups are drawn to the temporary exhibit gallery, where changing exhibits have highlighted, among other subjects, African American  women in the Cape Fear , traditional crafts of the region, and the region's archaeology. A meeting room provides space for programs, lectures, and films.
Angela Fracaro, "A Fast Start at Looking Back," The State 57 (June 1989).
Karen Rosalinde Zimmer, "An Audience Development Plan for the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville" (M.A. thesis, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1989).
Museum of the Cape Fear: http://museumofthecapefear.ncdcr.gov/ 
North Carolina Museum of History: http://ncmuseumofhistory.org/ 
A promotional video for the Museum of the Cape Fear (Fayetteville, NC), courtesy of the Fayetteville Arts Council. Available from http://museumofthecapefear.ncdcr.gov/mustext.html  (accessed August 24, 2012).
1 January 2006 | Patteson, Angelyn H.