Tobacco Farm Life Museum

Preserving a Heritage and Celebrating a Way of Life

About US
Since 1983, the Tobacco Farm Life Museum has been preserving the history and cultural heritage of Eastern North Carolina farm life. The museum was started by a group of local families who had pride in their past and a strong volunteer spirit. Having seen the way of life of their parents and grandparents becoming obsolete, these families wanted to preserve this personal and special history of the North Carolina tobacco farm family for future generations. The museum has grown to an internationally recognized and accredited museum and today continues to interpret and present this important rural legacy to the public. Come visit and step back in time to a turn-of-the-century homestead, including a restored house and detached kitchen, smokehouse, log tobacco barn, and even an outhouse. The 6,000 square foot museum features both permanent and rotating exhibits on farm life, southern medicine, domestic skills, rural social life, and artifacts.

The Tobacco Farm Life Museum offers a variety of experiences for students of all ages, providing an informative insight into early 20th century farm family life. Through numerous educational programs, the museum encourages participants to discover and appreciate the personal heritage that belongs to each of them. Open year-round, Tuesday through Saturday for tours, we offer a large, easily-accessible, shaded picnic area, a covered stage, convenient bus parking, and special tours for groups.

The museum gift shop is open for business and offers a wide variety of items reminiscent of rural life in the early 20th century. Items include: original pottery, signed prints, books by local authors, one-of-a-kind jewelry, recipe books, jelly, pickles, and more!

Our Products
history of agriculture, farm tours, educational tours, art prints, jams, jelly, canned goods, soap, jewelry, pottery, picnic area, antiques, equipment, farm house, tobacco barn, packhouse

From Interstate 95, take exit 107 to Kenly,and enter the city limits. This is Hwy. 301 North. Travel north through town toward Lucama/Wilson. We are located approximately 1.5 miles on the left. From Lucama/Wilson/Rocky Mount, continue along Highway 301 South to Kenly. We are located on the right just before the Kenly city limits. The speed limit sign will reduce from 55 mph to 35 mph just prior to the museum entrance

Hours of Operation
Tuesday - Saturday 9:30am until 5:00pm

Web Site

Here's where you can find our products

Tobacco Farm Life Museum
Gayle Kildoyle
709 N Church St Hwy 301, P.O. Box 88
Kenly, NC 27542
Phone: 919-284-3431
Fax: 919-284-9788

Special News

"Stepping into the Past" Saturday Event Series. For more information and a full list of our events visit All activities are included with regular admission.

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