An Afternoon on the Grounds


OCTOBER 24, 2020
12:00 PM – 5:00PM, Last entry at 4:00 PM

For one day only! On October 24th, the Museum will open our 8-acre site for a self-guided, outdoor experience of Charlotte’s oldest home site. Guests can explore the Museum’s park-like setting, walk through the garden, and view the historic buildings. Tickets are discounted to just $10 per vehicle and include a digital guidebook that tells the story of the people who lived and worked at the Rock House and includes videos and resources to dig deeper into Charlotte’s past. To support social distancing, tickets are limited.

Visitors over the age of 5 are required to wear a face covering when they may be within six feet of any person not in their group, including Museum staff.  Visitors ages 2-5 are highly encouraged to wear a face covering. Please read our full mask policy below.

The Museum building as well as the historic buildings will not be open. No restrooms are available for visitors, so please plan accordingly.

Purchase tickets: one ticket per household/vehicle required

By checking the box, you agree to abide by the stated mask policy below and pledge that you and your party are feeling well and are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19: fever, cough, chills, and/or difficulty breathing. You also pledge that you are not aware of anyone in your party having COVID-19 in the last 14 days, nor have been knowingly exposed to a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
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Admission is $10 per vehicle (private vehicles only) and must be paid in advance. No credit card or cash purchases will be taken onsite.

You will be asked to show proof of purchase upon entry to the Museum. Your emailed receipt on your phone is acceptable, as is a printed out copy of your receipt.

If you arrive without having pre-purchased your ticket, you will be asked to purchase them on your smartphone and show confirmation or to return once you have purchased your ticket. Staff is unable to accept payment via cards or cash.


Admission to the Museum includes a self-guided tour of the grounds of the 1774 Alexander Homesite. A few days prior to your visit, you will be emailed a link to download the Digital Tour Guide, which contains information about the site as well as links to in-depth videos and history resources.

There is no wi-fi onsite, so be sure to download the guide prior to visiting if needed. There will be exhibit panels with the same information at each stop, but the Museum will not have copies available to hand out.


In accordance with state ordinances, visitors over the age of 5 are required to wear a face covering when they may be within six feet of any person not in their group, including Museum staff.  Visitors ages 2-10 are highly encouraged to wear a face covering.

Those who are unable to wear a face covering because of a medical condition should wear a face shield or interact with the Museum virtually.

In certain areas, you will find signs that say, “Mask On.” These are areas where you will interact with Museum staff and interpreters and may come in close contact with others. To protect them and you, masks are required in these areas.


Restrooms are not available to visitors, as the Museum building will remain closed. Please plan accordingly.


To ensure all visitors purchase a ticket, please provide your license plate number.  Private vehicles only. Museum staff will be monitoring parking to ensure all patrons have checked in with staff prior to walking to the Homesite. This will allow us to ensure the number of visitors onsite stays under the required limits. Failure to check in or provide license plate may result in your vehicle being towed.


The Museum grounds contains a picnic area with tables and chairs, as well as several benches and open spaces. We encourage you to bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic with your family! Picnic areas and benches will not be sanitized – visitors are responsible for wiping down any surfaces, as well as throwing trash into the appropriate receptables.

The Museum reserves the right to remove any person or group from the property, including the grounds and parking lot.

An Afternoon on the Grounds