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Macon County Historical Museum

Museums, Galleries and Archives (Local and County Historical Societies, Museums, and Archives)


The home of the Macon County Historical Museum is the 100 year old commercial store building built by the Rev. Jesse R. Pendergrass on Main Street in 1904, and was immediately considered the finest commercial building in Macon County. Over the next seventy years, the store was a hub for the community. The many items offered for sale in the store included grocery staples, dry goods, notions, school supplies, and other necessities of everyday life in early 20th century Macon County. (Many examples of these items are among the artifact holdings of the Museum, and are exhibited on a rotating basis in Museum displays.) The store was also a community gathering place, with lively checker games ongoing daily on the street outside in the summer and by the wood stove in the winter. It also served as a wedding parlor for many of the couples who were married by the Rev. Pendergrass. The top floor of the building served as the living quarters for the Pendergrass family.


In addition to operating the Museum, the Society publishes a quarterly newsletter, Macon County Echoes, as well as books on county history and genealogy, offers educational and entertaining programs for all ages, promotes historical and heritage preservation, and pursues historical and genealogical research and encourages and offers assistance to others in doing research.  The photographic and family history collections are open to the public for research at the museum.

36 W Main St
Franklin, NC 28734
Phone Number
(828) 524-9758
Monday - Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM
  • Local History Societies and Museums
This location was created on 2013-12-13 by Jeremy Harris .   It was last updated on 2014-05-16 by Clio Admin .

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