Passport program encourages visits to local museums – Salisbury Post

The passport program encourages visits to local museums

Published at 00:05 on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

GOLD HILL – “Miles for Museums,” a cooperative passport program, encourages people to visit the area museums and communities this summer.

A wide range of museums in the region, including some local ones, take part in the program which runs throughout the summer months. These include Historic Gold Hill, NC Music Hall of Fame & Museum and Curb Motorsports & Music Museum, both in Kannapolis, and Price of Freedom Museum in China Grove.

Visitors can pick up a passport at any of the participating museums and begin collecting stamps or answering questions as they visit each museum.

According to a press release, participants can also earn prizes along the way and submit completed passports to enter a raffle. Museums also partner with local businesses to offer discounts and incentives to passport holders.

The Miles for Museums program offers free or low-cost adventures as you learn about local history and visits new places and communities.

The Price of Freedom Museum, in the old Patterson School, located at 2420 Weaver Road, China Grove, is an American war memorial dedicated to the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.

Board of Supervisors member Steve Stroud said it has been called the best-kept secret in the county.

“It’s a great museum honoring our vets and most people don’t know about it, even Rowan County residents,” he said.

And the great thing about the museum is that it honors local veterans.

Memorabilia is collected from everyone, but he did note that they are now focusing on World War II with the 80th anniversary of the war soon approaching.

And they’re also trying to improve their displays on recent conflicts, saying a Gulf War veteran is currently working on a display.

“This school building is completely filled with military memorabilia from local veterans, most of it from within a twenty-mile radius of here,” Stroud said.

And a building in the back, provided by Tom Smith, also houses some of his military vehicles, he said.

The goal of the museum, as stated on their website, is to “teach all generations the true price of freedom” and there is a classroom in the building where students, when they come on a field trip, can hear veterans speak.

Admission is free and parking is free, but donations are accepted. On Sundays the museum is open from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Appointments can also be made by calling Bobby Harrison at 704-202-3301.

For more information, visit

The NC Music Hall of Fame & Museum is a nonprofit organization created to honor musicians, composers and artists with ties to North Carolina. It is located in the Curb Motorsports & Music Museum, a museum focused on music and NASCAR racing, 600 Dale Earnhardt Boulevard, Kannapolis.

Both museums are open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Wanting to get more people from the area to come visit the museum, Veronica Cordle, executive director of the NC Music Hall of Fame & Museum, said she would encourage people to participate in the Miles for Museum program.

“We thought this would be a great way to get more people outside,” she said.

Visit their website at for additional information.

As for the Curb Records & Motorsports Museum, Gene Overcash, general manager of the building, said one of the reasons he would encourage people to visit is: “Mike Curb’s record company is probably the largest record company in the United States . This year marks our 60th anniversary.”

And he added that they are the only place with the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.

There are “two museums in one building,” he said, “and it’s free.”

For more information about the Curb Records & Motorsports Museum, visit

“People can stop by any of these locations to learn about the history of the specific area where the museums are located,” said Vivian Hopkins, vice president of the Historic Gold Hill and Mines Foundation and a merchant in Gold Hill.

The check-in point for Historic Gold Hill, in eastern Rowan County, will be the EH Montgomery General Store, Hopkins’ store at 770 St. Stephens Church Road.

Inside the store, she said there would be history exhibits, and “over the weekend I will be running a video so people can learn about the history of Gold Hill.”

This community of shops, Hopkins said, is a historically themed town that just celebrated its bicentennial when the first gold discovery occurred in 1824 on what became Gold Hill.

Opening hours for some of the things visitors can see and do include Gold Hill Mines Historic Park, which is open daily during the day and features the Gold Hill Rail Trail with hiking and biking trails and picnic areas. Typical opening hours for shops in the village are Friday to Sunday from 11am to 5pm

The EH Montgomery Store is open the same hours except Fridays. They are open until 9pm because bluegrass music is played on those nights.

The restaurant, Flynn’s Village Grill, is open Wednesday and Thursday for dinner from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM and Friday through Sunday from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM for lunch and dinner.

Visit the website for more information. They also have Facebook and Instagram pages, Historic Gold Hill North Carolina.

In addition, other museums participate in the program: Badin Historical Museum; Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society Museum, Mount Pleasant; Locust Historical Society and Museum; Matthews Heritage Museum; Oakboro Museum of History; Oakboro Railroad Museum; and Stanly County History Center, Albemarle.