Explore History Through Art
The N.C. Museum of Art's American art collection features several paintings and sculpture from the late colonial period and Revolutionary War period, including three imposing portraits by John Singleton Copley, the country’s first great artist.
A visit to the collection is great way to explore several of the themes dominant in our nation's early history, including the celebration of wilderness and the search for a national identity.
Twenty state historic sites and parks tell stories from North Carolina's colonial and Revolutionary history. From the clash between the Cherokee and British commemorated at Fort Dobbs to the story of early Tar Heel governors preserved at Tryon Palace there's so much to explore. We've spotlighted three of our signature sites from the period directly below.
Scroll down to the map to see all the stories from this period to explore at our historic sites and parks.