The Billy Graham Library pays tribute to late American Christian evangelist Billy Graham. The place opened in the year 2007 and spreads across 40,000-square-foot (3,700 meter square). The library features a number of artifacts from different facets of Graham's life, from his small beginnings on a farm to his career as a prominent minister, the place covers everything. Many find the library to be a site of inspiration, regardless of religious connotations.
Much like SoHo, NoDa (North Davidson Street) is a bustling area in the city of Charlotte. There is lots to see and do in this famous arts district, for both visitors and locals. Restaurants, theatres, bars, shops and galleries abound here. Visit during the annual Gallery Crawl to check out the area's fascinating art scene. An amalgamation of culture and cuisine, this district is cloaked in an air of enjoyment, making it a must-visit. Check the website for what's happening at various venues in the area.
The heart of this museum lies in an exploration of the people who have changed and shaped the social landscape of the South since the end of the Civil War. The exhibit addresses controversial issues like race relations and immigration, providing a forum for discussion and contemplation. The facility is newly renovated and many of the pieces contain modern multimedia displays and virtual tours that make the learning experience fun for all ages. Be sure to explore the 'Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers' exhibit, one of the permanent collections that focuses on the changing face of Charlotte and the Piedmont region of North Carolina.
The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County and the Children's Theatre of Charlotte have come together to create this awesome complex that houses the McColl Family Theatre, the Spangler Library, the Wachovia Playhouse, a Scene and Paint Shop, several studios, rehearsal rooms and a costume shop. A veritable entertainment center, this is the hub of family amusement activities in the area. A comprehensive collection of books and videos fills the library, while a number of educational programs for kids takes place at regular intervals.
From 1836 to around 1861 this Federal-style building served as the first branch of the United States Mint. During the Depression it was saved from demolition through a community effort and became North Carolina's first art museum. Now it is one of the major collections of American, European, African, and Asian artwork, along with ceramics, photography, maps and contemporary art. There are daily tours, lectures, art classes, and festivals that invite the public to come and enjoy the exhibitions. With such an extensive collection of over 72,000 items and a building rich in history, this museum is a must-see for any art lover! Also be sure to check out the Mint Museum Uptown, located in nearby Uptown.
The Light Factory is one of only four establishments in the country to be solely dedicated to photography and film-making. Founded in 1972, this institution has since been a platform for contemporary artists with creative leanings to light-based media. Visit thought-provoking photography exhibitions, attend documentary screenings and indie film events, and take a class in digital video art to experience the magic of capturing images and the power of visuals.
Located in the heart of the city, Mount Prospect Baptist Church is one of the oldest places of worship in the city. Though it's current building dates back to 1915, the church was formed 1883, and conducted its activities in a wooden building before it was gutted in a fire. The church is actively involved in community activities and is one of the primary places of worship in the city.
The Hoyle House in Dallas, North Carolina was the home of Pieter Heyl, a German miller. An extraordinary example of German-American architecture, the two floored house was constructed sometime in the mid 1700s. It underwent various alterations over the years as it was passed from generation from generation and today one can see a mix of many architectural styles, with evident Federal and Georgian influences. The property was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.
The largest city in North Carolina, Charlotte may not feature at the top of most people's bucket lists, but this booming metropolis has much to offer visitors of every age. One of the country's fastest growing major cities, Charlotte is a great place to bring the kids with attractions like the Carowinds Amusement Park and the Discovery Center to look forward too. The city's history is on display at stately neighborhoods like the Fourth Ward where stunning Victorian mansions stand alongside beautifully landscaped parks, rose gardens and whimsical bird houses. Other top attractions include the Billy Graham Library and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Charlotte is a city that revels in sporting action, home to professional teams like the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League, the Charlotte Independence of the United Soccer League, the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball League, and the Charlotte Hounds of Major League Lacrosse, not to mention the NASCAR races hosted by the Charlotte Motor Speedway. There are plenty of fine dining and entertainment options as well, even as Charlotte remains a primary business and banking hub.
Inaugurated in 2002, Duke Family Performance Hall is one of the main event centers of Davidson College in Davidson. Equipped with state-of-art facilities, the venue is mainly used for in-house events and is also available for educational conferences, theater, and music performances. The hall can accommodate up to 600 spectators for a single event,