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Canton Area Historical Museum

The Canton Area Historical Museum in Canton, North Carolina, contains artifacts and photographs that depict the history of the towns of Canton, Bethel, and Cruso. Included are agricultural and domestic artifacts from the late 19th and early 20th centuries and a large collection of photographs and memorabilia of the town and its primary industry, the Champion Paper Mill (now Blue Ridge Paper Products).

Other artifacts in the collection include uniforms of local veterans of World War I and World War II and two cannonballs from the Civil War. The collection includes materials related to two prominent Canton area natives: Fillmore Christopher, a creative and inquisitive inventor whose creations ranged from ditch diggers to fruit and vegetable scales, and Fred Chappell, noted author and poet.

The museum building also serves as Canton's Visitor Information Center. Programs include an introduction to tours of the paper mill and a walking tour of historic downtown Canton. The walking tours can be arranged by calling the museum. Mill tours can be arranged by calling Blue Ridge Paper Products at (828) 646-2841.

Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday: 8 am - 5 pm

Admission Fees


Hours of operation and fees are subject to change. Contact directly for most current information.


The museum is located in historic downtown Canton, NC.

Canton Area Historical Museum
36 Park Street
Canton, NC 28716
(828) 646-3412



Canton Area Historical Museum

36 Park Street
Canton, NC 28716
Canton Area Historical Museum

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