All Tours: 14

A southern capital is established among plantations along a major north-south road. This early period includes the founding of Raleigh in 1792 and continues through the first few decades of the nineteenth century. During this time, Raleigh grew…

A government town grows with the establishment of several enduring institutions Raleigh's growth in this period included a small expansion of its city limits, the development of the commercial district along Fayetteville Street, the…

Education, manufacturing, and retail expand in Raleigh's healthy economy at the end of the nineteenth century The exuberance and variety of late-nineteenth-century architecture contrasts with the simpler and more restrained styles seen in…

Raleigh expands by leaps and bounds with suburban development and the growth of the transportation infrastructure Waves of suburban development forced the physical expansion of Raleigh throughout the first half of the twentieth century. The city…

A small southern town becomes more cosmopolitan with the influx of professors and professionals. Raleigh's historic properties from the second half of the twentieth century reflect the maturation of Modernism, an architectural movement that…

Interested in Raleigh Historic Landmarks, but want to get some fresh air and exercise? Begin at the Raleigh Little Theatre, wind your way through West Raleigh, check out downtown's urban core, enjoy the Grand Dames on North Blount Street, and…

Blount Street has always been a part of Raleigh—it runs straight through the original one-square-mile city plan that William Christmas drew in 1792. Today’s Blount Street extends from just south of Shaw University up to Peace Street and…

Many Raleigh landmarks reflect the achievement, culture, and struggle of the city’s African American population. The oldest date to the nineteenth century. Estey Hall, built in 1874 at Shaw University, is the country’s first building erected for…

Fayetteville Street is the historical heart of this city. It has seen iconic events like the march of Union troops to the Capitol in the waning days of the Civil War. It has seen welcome-home parades at the close of other wars and protests that…

Health care is a major industry in twenty-first century Raleigh, so it is odd to recall that there were no hospitals and few doctors here in the early nineteenth century. White physicians generally saw white patients in their offices or made house…

The Capital City Trail, established in 1963, was a heritage trail highlighting 45 sites around central Raleigh. A printed guide mapped the properties, gave a thumbnail history of each, and suggested a driving route connecting them. “Capital City…

Developed from 1792 through 1950s Two centuries of Raleigh's history are represented in the architecture of the Capitol Square Historic District The most prominent building in the Capitol Square Historic District is the State Capitol, a…

Method, a southwest Raleigh neighborhood, evolved from a freedman’s village established in the 1870s. It was one of a dozen or so that surrounded the city in the years after Emancipation, when blacks moved from the countryside in search of work and…

Oberlin originated as a freedman’s village, established by blacks after Emancipation. Oral tradition holds that some purchased land from whites as early as the 1860s, others were given land by the families who had enslaved them. The new landowners…