News and Special Events

A Generation Goes to War, 1941-1945

Please join us on Saturday, 23 November at 11 am for the Grand Opening of our new exhibit, A Generation Goes to War, 1941-1945.

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Tarheel Traveler Scott Mason Book Signing Nov. 16 At Heritage Center

The Johnston County Heritage Center in Smithfield will host a book signing by author Scott Mason on Saturday, November 16, from 11 am to 2 pm.

Mason will have copies of his newest book, Tar Heel Traveler: New Journeys Across North Carolina, as well as other popular books he has written about North Carolina cuisine and encounters with unique individuals throughout the state. His book Faith and Air: The Miracle List (2017), includes a miracle story about Johnston County’s own J. D. Lancaster, a Pearl Harbor survivor.

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The 15th Annual Historical Ghost Walk

THE 15th ANNUAL HISTORICAL GHOST WALK hosted by the Johnston County Heritage Center is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 24 in Smithfield's Riverside Cemetery. Admission will be $5 for adults and $3 for students in grades K-12.

Tickets are not sold in advance. Guided tours are offered first-come, first served, starting at the corner of South Second and Church streets.

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Current Exhibit

Building the Black Community in Johnston County, 1865-1900 


Historical Marker Unveilings

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Wednesday, June 19, 10 am, Freedmen's Schoolhouse marker, First Missionary Baptist Church, corner of 4th and Caswell Streets, Smithfield

Friday, June 21, 11 am, Atkinson's Mill marker, 95 Atkinson Mill Road, Selma

Friday, June 28, 10 am, Hinton's Quarter Courthouse marker, E. Front Street Roundabout, Clayton, with reception at Arbors at East Village, 56 Bent Branch Loop, Clayton 

Saturday, July 6, 10 am, Gov. Benjamin Williams marker, 3390 Grabtown Road, Smithfield

Saturday, July 20, 10 am, Catch-Me-Eye marker, place TBD


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