Your choice to build your new house in the South Lakes new home community gives you not only the small town neighborhood feel you desire in raising your family with access to all the near by big city amenities you also want, but also offers the unique historic flavor right in your new home town, just up the road at the Fuquay Varina Museums.
With tours offered every Wednesday at each of the three Fuquay Varina Museums celebrating the town’s rich and storied history, you are able to get transported back to simpler times and gain an even greater appreciation for the progression through time which the seen the town evolve into one of the fastest growing spots in the area. Each of the three Fuquay Varina Museums takes a detailed look at a specific location and services from the town’s days gone by.
Opened in the Summer of 2009, the Centennial Museum first came about in accordance of the town’s 100 Year Celebration. With its actual location being in the Fuquay Municipal building that dates from the 1950’s, the interesting piece of history showcased here touch on the town ties to the early railroads, the evolution of its government, the tobacco industry, and much more. Artifacts from both the Fuquay Police and Fire Departments, and Elliot’s Pharmacy, which had served the community for 99 years before closing its doors in 2013 are also prominently on display along with incredible photographic displays in the Heulon Dean Collection showing Fuquay in pictures throughout its history.
The Post Office Museum sits in the building once provided by Postmaster, Hattie Parker Jones upon her breaking down barriers and being named as a woman to the then-predominantly male filled position in 1902. It has been completely restored and furnished and not only gives you a look at Hattie’s groundbreaking time in this industry, but also a look at how other area post offices operated in the early 1900’s.
“Squire” Ballentine Schoolhouse
Once serving as a school and then a cottage near the historic Mineral Spring, the Schoolhouse Museum is believed to have been originally by J.D. Ballentine somewhere around 1875. Incredible artifacts are on display here depicting the area’s early schools, including the first ever diploma handed out at Fuquay Springs High School.
The Fuquay Varina Museums are an educational way to get in touch with the rich cultural and historic past of the town that your entire family will surely enjoy. To get full details on each, visit their website at www.fuquay-varina-museums.org.