Welcome to Our Story!
The Port o' Plymouth Museum is located in a restored Atlantic Coastline RR depot on the scenic Roanoke River waterfront in very historic Plymouth, North Carolina. We are a small, independent museum dedicated to preserving, promoting and sharing our unique heritage including Native American, Colonial, Civil War & Maritime history.
Perhaps best known for our storied Civil War battles, we also have an amazing array of historic resources from all major periods in American history, including the early Federal era Daniel Davenport Homestead which is located in the eastern section of the county.
We invite you to visit our museum, both by internet and in person when you can. We depend on your donations and support to keep our doors open. Operated by the Washington County Historical Society, both the Port o' Plymouth Museum and Davenport Homestead depend on local support and corporate and individual generosity. The WCHS is a 501c3 non-profit, donations and gifts are tax-deductible.
A Look Inside....
Located on the Waterfront in Downtown Plymouth, North Carolina, the museum is housed on the Roanoke River in the circa 1923 Atlantic
Coastline Railroad station. It began primarily a Civil War museum revolving around the 1864 "Battle of Plymouth". The second
largest Civil War battle fought in North Carolina, the Battle of Plymouth involved twenty thousand soldiers and sailors. This battle
was the last Confederate victory in the war and the last glimmer of hope for the failing South.
The Port O' Plymouth Museum packs a lot of history into a small space. You will find impressive displays of cannon balls, bullets,
buttons, buckles, guns, pictures, and thousands of battle artifacts .
Now nationally recognized, the museum is very proud of
our permanent collections in addition to items on loan from other prestigious institutions that help tell the story of Plymouth,
North Carolina and its part in the War Between the States.
Many artifacts found in the fields where battles took place over 100 years ago have been donated or loaned by local citizens. Our
own historians have discovered and documented most of the items contained in the Museum today.
A model of the CSS Ironclad Ram Albemarle and recovered artifacts are on display inside. And, as we are fortunate to be situated right
on the shore of the mighty Roanoke, don't forget to venture down to the dock where a 3/8th scale working replica is always
We are nationally known for our high-quality reenactments and Living History presentations, now going on 25 years. Known as one
of the "top Civil War sites in the two Carolinas", our presence on the very ground where so much history happened gives us a
unique perspective from which to tell the stories of the past and help keep history alive for generations to come!
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On the Horizon:
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