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)




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.

First Citizens Bank

Visitors Bureau Gallery (third floor)



Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield (Lobby)


  • World War II