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 Evergreen Packaging).
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 is no longer the visitor information center. For self-guided walking tours, stop by the museum and request a historical map of the town.
Hours of Operation
Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm