Tours by appointment. Group and school tours require advance notice. Suggested donation: $5 per adult. Office hours 10 AM - 4 PM Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday. Tuesdays 10 AM - 3 PM. Due to COVID-19, all property tours, including the Historic Burke County Courthouse and Captain Charles McDowell, Jr. House are suspended. Please email us at for more information. Should you have an appointment in either building, masks are required.


Heritage Museum


The Heritage Museum, located in the Historic Burke County Courthouse, has a permanent exhibit on the history of the Historic Courthouse and a gallery featuring changing exhibits on various aspects of Burke County history.  The permanent exhibit is displayed in a room that is a representation of an attorney’s office around the turn of the twentieth century. The furniture and related items were donated by the family and friends of the late Senator Sam J. Ervin, Jr. This exhibit includes information about the North Carolina Supreme Court Justices who held summer sessions of the Supreme Court in the Courthouse from 1847 to 1862 and who, after 154 years returned in 2016 and 2018 to hold sessions.


Current Exhibit: "1780"


This exhibit celebrates Burke County's role in the victory at Kings Mountain. The centerpiece of this exhibit is “Rendezvous at Quaker Meadows”, a recently acquired painting by nationally-known artist Richard Luce. It is accompanied by a gallery of paintings and giclees by Richard Luce that documents the march of the Overmountain Men from Virginia, current-day Tennessee, and Wilkes and Surry counties to Quaker Meadows Plantation in Burke County and on to defeat the British at Kings Mountain, South Carolina.