Learn the individual stories of our country’s service members and appreciate the proud history of our country. Enjoy our unique artifacts, uniforms from all service branches, priceless photos from overseas and the home front. You will never forget your visit.




We are calling on veterans, individuals, families, foundations, organizations and corporations to help us realize the vision of our new permanent Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas. We want to be as being the center for excellence for honoring our veterans.




We are the center for educating all ages through stories and exhibits. Treat your group of students, veterans, family members, or club members to a personalized tour of our galleries, enjoying the stories, artifacts, and photos on display.





Your generous donation will enable future generations to understand the how the sacrifices of military service members preserve our freedom and way of life, as we honor these patriots and educate young and old.



Our Mission

To honor, educate and preserve our history by remembering and honoring
the veterans from the Carolinas and all veterans.







New Hours: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The museum will be open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. New COVID-19-related protocols will ensure the safety of visitors and our all-volunteer staff. Movies, lectures, special events, and guided tours are cancelled through 2020.

The Veterans History Museum will continue to offer digital newsletters, media coverage, and self-guided tours in support of our mission to honor veterans from WWI to the present, educate the community, and preserve historic artifacts.

We look forward to welcoming you back as we continue honoring veterans and service members, educating young and old, and preserving our proud military history.


In Loving Memory of
Toni Casciato,
First Lady of the Museum

June 27, 1953 – May 17, 2020


Toni Casciato passed away on May 17, 2020.
She brought creativity, tireless work, positive energy, her beautiful smile and her joyful laugh to the museum and everywhere she went.

Why the Veterans History Museum

 The purpose of this veterans museum is to honor the men and women from North and South Carolina who served in our armed forces.

Some examples of what the museum features include one-of-a-kind artifacts, uniforms, weaponry, original newspapers, personal letters, etc.

All of these special items weave the great and proud stories of service in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

 They display and help us empathize with the wonder, but also the danger of our involvement in these wars, and the unique sacrifice of our military men and women!

 Love of country plus gratitude to those who served proudly equals the museum’s theme for all ages, both young and old.


 Museum Vision

To be the center of excellence for honoring veterans, documenting their histories, and showcasing their memorabilia from WWI to the present. To be a place for remembrance, education and celebration.

Peek Inside the Museum

Our Honor Wall hallmarks the service of veterans across North and South Carolina.

The Honor Wall is the first exhibit a visitor encounters. Golden plaques recognize those who served and those who are serving. Many funeral homes are now providing plaques in honor of passed veterans.

When looking for a meaningful way to honor a family member or friend, please consider an honor wall plaque. Click here for more information on how to honor your veteran.

Golden plaques are available for one hundred dollars and can be etched with up to forty five letters of your choice.  Four inch by eight inch golden plaques are also available for two hundred dollars and can be etched with up to fifty letters.

Living Histories

Don’t Ask That Question

Don’t Ask That Question

Don’t Ask That Questionby John Hallimore Veteran’s Creative Writing Workshop 4th meeting, February 17th, 2016 Coming home from Vietnam to America amidst college sit-ins, peace protests, passionate political debate, and random cultural turmoil is not a fond memory. My...

Driving a Howitzer with The Big Red 1

Driving a Howitzer with The Big Red 1

Jimmy McKinney – Driving a Howitzer with The Big Red 1 By Michel RobertsonNorth Carolina native Jimmy McKinney was working at a paper plant when he received his draft notice in May 1966. “I’d been married about three years, with no children. I preferred it to be me...

Flying a U-2C with the Canopy Open

Flying a U-2C with the Canopy Open

A Dubious Honor:Having Flown a U-2C with the Canopy Open by Richard "Duke" Woodhull One fine day in 1968, I accompanied a squadron mate of mine to Palmdale in a T-33, for the purpose of retrieving one of our U-2Cs that had been loaned to another organization. The plan...


Toni Casciato Remembered and Honored

Toni Casciato Remembered and Honored

Representatives of honoree organizations surround Toni's portrait. From left, Frank Duckworth, American Legion; John Rogers, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Howard Thiele, Transylvania Honor Guard; and Jeff Miller, Blue Ridge Honor Flight   May 17, 2020, Toni Lee...

Quilts of Valor Ceremony Sept. 19th

Quilts of Valor Ceremony Sept. 19th

At the Transylvania courthouse gazebo, veterans Charles Burgess, H. Gerald Owen, and James Ross Dodson were honored with Quilts of Valor on September 19. Quilts were presented by Didi Salvatierra, Bonnie Cunningham, and Bonnie Hartel.   Charles Burgess (pictured...

New Video Series

“A Night at the Muesum”

Now available on our Youtube channel 

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