By the early 1960s, Carson House had seen several owners and dozens of renters. Abandoned and unattended, the destruction wrought by time and the elements had begun. Led by Misses Mary, Ruth and Nina Greenlee, local educators and historians, along with Carson descendant, Moffitt Sinclair Henderson, the citizens of McDowell County raised funds to rescue and restore this significant historic structure.The house was opened to the public as a museum and library in 1964, and has since seen many improvements, including expansion of the library and handicap accessibility. A non-profit 501(c)3 organization, Carson House is a private museum overseen by a Board of Directors. The house depends upon donations and fund raising efforts to remain in operation. All donations are tax deductible.
The Jubilee Arbor at the Historic Carson House was finished in 2015 and is an educational and community event space. Built in the same style as a community meeting house of the 19th century, the beautiful beams and classic design make this a stunning location for school picnics and weddings alike. Reservations can be made on our website.
Tickets to Carson House Museum are $7 per adult and children 12 and under are always free! Hours: We are open for the season April through November. Wed through Sat 10aa-4pm (last tour leaves at 3:00 p.m.), Sun 2-5pm. Group tours are welcome!
We are located close to Tom Johnson’s Camping World along US-70W, just outside of Marion, NC. For GPS, please simply type in Tom Johnson’s Camping World for the most accurate location.