Founded by the The Highland Historical Society in 2005, the Highland County Museum is located in The Mansion House in McDowell, the ca. 1851 Greek Revival home of George Washington Hull, a farmer, merchant, and colonel in the Confederate militia. The house served as a field hospital for soldiers wounded during the Battle of McDowell, and later, as a stage coach stop and hotel. The home is now undergoing a complete restoration by the Highland Historical Society. The home and, in fact, the entire village of McDowell is truly a step back in time and appears much at it did in the 19th century.

The Museum, which serves as the McDowell Civil War Orientation Center, has a small theater and an excellent 20-minute film with commentary and re-enactments of actions during the Battle of McDowell. The Museum has a permanent exhibit, Uniquely Highland, that documents the history of Highland County, two changing exhibits, a research library and gift shop. Museum hours are limited, so check the website or call ahead. It is also possible to schedule tours by appointment.

Pictured above: Highland County Museum.