From Interstate 40/85, exit on Rock Creek Dairy Road (Exit 135) between Burlington and Greensboro. Follow the directional signs north on Rock Creek Dairy Road to U.S. 70. Turn left on U.S. 70 and travel approximately one and one-half miles. The site is on the left. The Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum is 3.75 miles west of the NC Interstate Highway rest-stop in Whitsett, between Burlington and Greensboro on I-85.
Canary Cottage (ca. 1927), Dr. Brown's personal residence, has been completely restored and appointed with both original and period furnishings. Step back to the days when Dr. Brown played piano in the living room, and taught students how to entertain in the dining room. Window treatments, Oriental rugs, bathroom hardware, and similar features evoke the heyday of the school in the 1940s and 1950s.
Three dormitories, (including Galen Stone Hall , the partially restored girls' dorm), Kimball Dining Hall (1927), the bell tower, the teahouse (campus store), and several teachers' cottages also are viewable on the campus.
The visitor center, housed in the Carrie M. Stone Teachers' Cottage (1948), features exhibits with artifacts, photographs, and information on Dr. Brown, the Palmer Memorial Institute, and African American education in North Carolina. The fifteen-minute video, Palmer Memorial Institute: Its Mission and Legacy, tells the story of the school's beginning and its founder.
Several events throughout the year focus on the life of Dr. Brown and African American education in North Carolina.
Guided tours are available upon request. Groups of ten or more are requested to call ahead for reservations.
No admission fees. Donations are accepted.