Dedicated to our mission to preserve and present the history and heritage of the rural farming community through collection care, research and public tours
The Museum was founded by passionate volunteers who saw technology change the farming process and the agricultural communities they grew up in. Working with local farmers they offered on-farm tours, starting one of North Carolina's earliest Agritourism organizations. Continuing to partner with our local farmers and other members of the agribuisness community allows us a wonderful opportunity to share information about the State's largest industry with visitors from around the world. An industry that impacts everyone daily.
Step back in time as you enjoy our museum and grounds. Stop and sit a spell on our front porch before touring the 6,000 sq ft gallery. The gallery features permanent and rotating exhibits on farm life including southern medicine, domestic skills, rural social life, textiles, early transportation and much more. The historic buildings on site include the original Iredell Brown Homestead with detached kitchen, a tobacco barn, a smokehouse, and a one-room schoolhouse from a nearby community, as well as reconstructions of a packhouse and working blacksmith shop.
Valuing our Heritage
Through Educational and Community Programs
Tobacco Farm Life Museum, Inc. is a private 501c3 non-profit organization focused on providing educational programs to individuals of all ages. We do this through several programs throughout the year.
"Agriculture ... is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals
Extract from Thomas Jefferson to George Washington
Paris Aug. 14. 1787.
Contact Tobacco Farm Life Museum, Inc.
709 N Church St, Kenly, NC 27542, USA
Open Tuesday - Saturday 9:30am - 5:00pm
Shelby, Beulaville, NC
I brought along a few of my adult students and they enjoyed every aspect of the museum. Some ... were older and it brought back memories...The tour guide...was excellent and the staff at in the front office was excellent as well...I would recommend for anyone, no matter what your age...there is a wealth of information about NC and tobacco farming and just life in general. They included every walk of life and I think that it was really great. We loved it!!!!!!!
Tracey, Salt Lake City UT
We loved this museum! My father came from out west to visit and he really wanted to learn more about tobacco farming. This was the perfect place to go. Informative displays inside and well kept buildings outside. Best of all, they had a wonderful kid area for little ones who may not be interested in the history of tobacco and cotton farming. A fantastic little local treasure.
Pamela, Sparkling Spring, PA
We needed a break from driving down I95, and this museum happened to be in the right spot. We learned so much about modern tobacco farming from the short video. Then you go into their museum and see all kinds of cool historical farm life displays. But there really is more than that - they have a bunch of neat items from wedding dresses, to toys, to tractors. After touring the indoor display you wander the beautiful ground and go into the historical buildings. Theres also a nice picnic area. And they even have RV parking!