Located on the Waterfront in Downtown Plymouth, North Carolina,
this small but impressive museum is housed in the circa 1923 Atlantic Coastline Railroad station. It is primarily
a Civil War museum revolving around the 1864 "Battle of Plymouth".
The second largest Civil War battle fought in North Carolina, the
Battle of Plymouth involved twenty thousand soldiers and sailors.
This battle was the last Confederate victory in the war and the last
glimmer of hope for the failing South.
Port O' Plymouth Museum packs a lot of history into a small
space. You will find impressive collections of cannon balls,
bullets, buttons, buckles, guns, pictures, and thousands of battle
artifacts . Many artifacts found in the fields where battles took
place over 100 years ago have been loaned by local citizens. Now
nationally recognized, the museum is very proud of the loan of items
from the Smithsonian Institute, and others that help tell the story
of Plymouth, North Carolina and its part in the War Between the
A working replica of the ironclad ram CSS Albemarle is located at
the docks behind the Museum and recovered artifacts including a
recently unearthed rare unexploded shell fired from the Albemarle
are on display. The Albemarle was the most successful ironclad of
the Civil War, and the subject of a recent History Channel
documentary titled “The Most Daring Mission of the Civil War”, which
was filmed on location here in Plymouth. The museum also serves as
the headquarters of the Washington County Historical Society, and
plays host to the long-running Battle of Plymouth Living History
Weekend which is held the last weekend each April. Living History
Weekend is truly a trip back in time, and a rich learning experience
for all ages.
The Port o’ Plymouth Museum operates from 9am to 4pm Tues-Sat,
and seasonally on Mondays. Call 252-793-1377 or visit
www.livinghistoryweekend.com for more information.