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Country Doctor Museum

The Country Doctor Museum, Bailey

The Country Doctor Museum, founded in 1967, is the only medical museum in the nation dedicated to rural physicians who practiced medicine in the South during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
The museum collects and preserves the medical instruments and tools of pharmacy used by country doctors as well as their diaries, papers and medical books. The museum is housed in two restored 19th-century physicians’ offices, which were moved to Bailey and joined to form a single building.
Phone:(252) 235-4165

Belhaven Memorial Museum, Belhaven

One visit to the Belhaven Memorial Museum will surely change your mind. This museum is like no other, the result of Mrs. Eva Blount Way’s penchant for collecting buttons. When she died in 1962 at age 93, Mrs. Way had amassed some 30,000 buttons in addition to a fascinating array of memorabilia.
Among the collection are period clothing, toys and dolls, china, farm tools and some truly “odds” and ends . . . like a dried flea wedding (visible through a magnifying glass), a two-headed kitten, one-eyed fetal pig and a hare lipped dog. The museum, now housed in Belhaven’ s Town Hall, continues to build on her collection.
Phone:(252) 943-6817

The Gourd Museum, Angier

Marvin Johnson, long-time president of the Gourd Village Garden Club, founded the Gourd Museum in 1964. He and his wife collected so many gourd crafts from around the world that they decided to build a museum to display them.
A master gourd grower, Johnson cultivated more than 200 different kinds of gourds, most of which he crafted and placed on display. Visitors will find giant African gourds to gourds so tiny they look like robins’ eggs.
Phone:(919) 557-5946

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