HOURS OF OPERATION
36 Park Street, Canton NC 28716
Due to flood damage from Tropical Storm Fred the museum is closed until further notice.
Caroline Ponton, Museum Curator
The Canton Area Historical Museum is located at 36 Park Street and serves as a community educational resource for scholars, students and visitors preserving and interpreting the unique history of Canton and its surrounding communities. The museum was dedicated on Labor Day 1990 and is located on Park Street in the former Canton Branch Library. The museum is a nonprofit, educational institution.
The Canton Area Historical Museum contains artifacts and photographs that depict the history of the towns of Canton, Bethel, and Cruso. It includes domestic and agricultural items from the late 19th and early 20th centuries and a large collection of photographs and memorabilia of the town and its primary industry, the Champion Paper Mill (now Evergreen Packaging).
Other items in the collection include uniforms of local veterans of World War I and World War II and two cannonballs from the Civil War. The collection includes materials related to two prominent Canton area natives: Fillmore Christopher, a creative and inquisitive inventor whose creations ranged from ditch diggers to fruit and vegetable scales, and Fred Chappell, noted author and poet.