History museums instill wonder in children who have become bored with their own closets full of skeletons. Discover a body of knowledge with this Groupon.
Choose from Four Options
$15 for a one-year individual membership package (a $30 value)
- Subscription to CCHA newsletter Past Times, six issues per year
- A 10% discount at all museum shops
- Free admission to CCHA properties for one person
- Discounted tickets to CCHA festivals, workshops, and tours
- Special notice of CCHA events and members-only programs
$25 for a one-year family membership package (a $50 value) * Everything in the individual membership package for everyone in the same household
$48 for a one-year friend membership package (a $100 value)
- Everything in the individual membership package
- Two complimentary guest cards for admission to either Murray’s Mill or the Harper House
$69 for a one-year sponsor membership package (a $150 value)
- Everything in the individual membership package for everyone in the same household
- Two Saturday tickets to the Murray’s Mill Harvest Folk Festival
Catawba County Historical Association
The Bunker Hill Covered Bridge, which was improved by Civil War general Herman Haupt, the late 19th-century Historic Murray's Mill, which boasts a 28-foot high waterwheel, and the Harper House, which showcases its intricate Queen Anne stylings, all have something in common: They're maintained and shown by the Catawba County Historical Association, an organization dedicated to preserving and exhibiting historical sites throughout North Carolina.
The Catawba County Museum of History, situated in the former Catawba County Courthouse, depicts the lives of the Catawba River Valley's original settlers and their decedents through artifacts such tools made from hand-dug iron ore, military uniforms, and hand-stitched quilts. Visitors can step back in time into the ornately decorated, Queen Anne–style Harper House, whose period-accurate color schemes, wallpaper, and architectural details paint a picture of southern life in the Victorian era. The Murray & Minges General Store's shelves are still stocked with old-fashioned toys and treats, which at one time must have kept the Murray family children occupied as their parents helmed the Murray Mill. Guests can tour the mill and imagine workers grinding corn and wheat with the tools on display, toiling away to make their sacrifices to the Corn Gods in hopes of one day receiving Fritos.