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About the Museum

The May Museum and Park is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of the Town of Farmville and the surrounding areas of western Pitt County. It chronicles the agricultural, commercial, domestic life, and transportation history of the area from colonial times to the present. The museum interprets the area's history through permanent displays, rotating exhibits, and special programs, which are offered periodically throughout the year.

The Museum occupies an 1850's era home which is located in the National Register of Historic Places Farmville Historic District. Its extensive archival holdings consist of approximately 10,000 photographs, 20,000 records and 10,000 artifacts. The collection includes a wide variety of materials relating to the area's history including: May family correspondence, materials from the office of Congressman Walter B. Jones, Sr., maps, commercial and legal records, postcards, scrapbooks, club records and genealogical data. Examples of period furniture, glassware, agricultural implements, militaria, and a variety of domestic life items comprise a great portion of the museum's collection of three dimensional artifacts.

If you would like a more detailed history of the museum, here is an excellent article by the Museum's director, Deborah Higgins, which was published in the June, 2014 issue of the Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies.

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