Heritage Center Exhibits
The Johnston County Heritage Center's exhibits are housed in the Holding-Richardson Exhibit Hall on the first floor or in the Visitors Bureau Gallery on the third floor. The building is open FREE OF CHARGE 9:00-5:00 Monday-Saturday(except holidays observed by the County of Johnston). While there's no charge for admission to any part of the Johnston County Heritage Center, voluntary donations are always welcome!
Holding-Richardson Exhibit Hall (first floor)
THEY LEFT FOR AMERICA: THE LEBANESE IN JOHNSTON COUNTY---This exhibit, running from October 2016 to April 2017, documents stories of a dozen Lebanese families who found their way to Johnston County between 1900 and 1930. A traveling exhibit, "The Lebanese in America," is on loan from NC State University's Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies until December 5.
THE STORY OF FIRST CITIZENS BANK --- Built in 1913 for the Bank of Smithfield, the renovated building that houses the Johnston County Heritage Center served for many years as the home office of First Citizens Bank and Trust Company (the bank's headquarters are now in Raleigh). Prior to the Heritage Center's opening in April 2000, First Citizens donated the building to the County of Johnston. In celebration of First Citizens' 103rd anniversary on March 1, 2001, a permanent exhibit was unveiled on the Heritage Center's first floor that tells the story of the bank's founding and subsequent nurturing by Smithfield's Holding family. The exhibit is centered around the bank's vault door, which was left in place as the entrance to the Heritage Center's elevator vestibule.
Visitors Bureau Gallery (third floor)
- JOHNSTON COUNTY'S 10 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERS
- TINTYPE PHOTOGRAPHS FROM STEPHENSON/CARROLL AND RELATED FAMILIES, C. 1860-1880
Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield (Lobby)
- AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY, INCLUDING A SPECIAL DISPLAY ON JUDGE ELRETA MELTON ALEXANDER RALSTON, NATIVE OF SMITHFIELD WHO BECAME NC'S FIRST BLACK FEMALE AFRICAN AMERICAN ATTORNEY AND JUDGE