The Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will host the traveling exhibit “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” Jan. 24 through March 8.
“Crossroads: Change in Rural America,” a Museum on Main Street exhibition, offers small towns a chance to look at their own paths to highlight the changes that affected their fortunes over the past century..
To complement the traveling exhibit made possible through the Smithsonian Institution and the North Carolina Humanities Council, the museum is to have on display Jan. 24 until November photographs of “Century and Bicentennial Farms of northeastern North Carolina.”
“According to the State Agriculture Overview, in 2021 there were over 45,000 farms operating in North Carolina with 8.3 million acres being farmed. Soybeans dominated the harvest with over 1.65 million acres planted. As of December 2022, over 1,500 of these farms have been placed on North Carolina’s Century Farm registry, with 186 of these farms located here in the Albemarle region,” according to the museum press release.
“Farms that have applied for inclusion must have been owned by the same family for over 100 years. Gates County has the largest number in our region with 48. Over 100 farms in the state have received their certificate as a Bicentennial Farm. Four are within the Albemarle region,” the museum continues.
The Museum of the Albemarle is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
“Crossroads: Change in Rural America” is a Museum on Main Street exhibition. These exhibitions are available for booking by state humanities councils or other statewide organizations but are not available for general rental by individual venues.
Along with the museum in Elizabeth City, the traveling exhibit will be in the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village, Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center in Massachusetts and Mead Cultural Education Center in South Dakota to host the traveling exhibit.