Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Alamance 
County Historical Museum, Inc. was the birthplace of Edwin
Michael Holt, a pioneer in the southern textile industry.

Museum activities are sponsored in part by a grant from the NC Humanities Council.




The following publications are available at the Museum.  Mail orders are accepted by personal check only.  Prices quoted are tax-inclusive.  For mail orders please include an additional $6.00 for postage and handling.  Checks made payable to ACHM, 4777 South NC 62, Burlington, NC 27215

Historic Alamance County: A Biographical History, William Murray Vincent, 2009 $35.00 120 pp.

Contains a brief general history of the area, including information on aboriginal history, 18th century explorers of the region, early settlement patterns, pertinent Revolutionary and Civil War history, industrialization, and the development of local medical, educational and cultural services.  Also included are biographies of more than 60 individuals who have made significant contributions to the history, growth, and development of the county.  The book concludes with an overview of several local businesses whose impacts are felt locally and beyond.  More than 180 photographs – in black-and-white and color – supplement the text.

Shuttle and Plow: A History of Alamance County, N.C., Carole Troxler and William Vincent, 1999 $40.00 541 pp.

In this two-part history the authors place Alamance County in the context of regional and national history.  The book spans more than three centuries and focuses on cultural changes, religious dynamics, and socio-political themes within the central Piedmont.  Discussions of economic currents range from the Indian Trading Path’s impact on settlement patterns to methods of farming and home manufacturing, the functions of cross-roads trading and manufacturing centers, transitions to wage labor and commercial farming, and the rise and domination of textiles.  Twentieth century adjustments in the textile industry, issues and changes in labor relations, and race relations are included, together with expected topics such as the Regulators, the Battle of Alamance and the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Alamance: The Holt Family and Industrialization in a North Carolina County, 1837 – 1900. Bess Beatty, 1999 $25.00 247 pp.

Covering the Holt textile dynasty from the founding of the Alamance Cotton Factory in 1837 to the strike of 1900, the book provides an excellent social history of southern industrial development.  The author intersperses chapters on the rise of the Holts with profiles of their workers to provide a thorough explanation of how industrialization affected sectional, familial, racial, and gender relations across class lines.

History of Alamance, Sallie Stockard, 1986 $15.00 185 pp.

Facsimile reprint of the author’s UNC master’s thesis originally published in 1900.  Contains an overview of the county’s early history, oral history accounts, and selected genealogies.  Often cited and long out of print, the book was reprinted by the museum in 1986.

Tastes in Plaid, Peggy Lackey and Nora Tate, 1990 $12.00 383 pp.

Cookbook containing historical and contemporary recipes from Alamance County and the central Piedmont.  The book also includes a forward by Dr. William Vincent discussing the social history of food in the Piedmont Region of North Carolina, and contains fifteen line drawings of National Register Historic Properties located in Alamance County, as well as illustrations of the area’s famous textile, the “Alamance Plaid.”


   The Preservation of Charleston,Photography by Alamance County native, N. Jane Iseley and text by Harlan Greene and William P. Baldwin. 2016 $75 336 pp.
Handsome coffee-table book offering an unsurpassed collection of photographs showcasing contemporary Charleston, South Carolina's exceptionally preserved heritage of history and design.




Other Titles Available

Alamance: A County at War, Don Bolden, 1995. $10.00 
The Dreamer: Archibald DeBow Murphey, 1777-1832, Herbert Turner, 1871 $20.00 
Farming Dissenters: The Regulator Movement in Piedmont North Carolina, Carol Watterson Troxler, 2011 $28.00
Remembering Alamance County: Tales of Railroads, Textiles and Baseball, Don Bolden, 2006. $20.00
Images of America: Burlington, Don Bolden, 2009 $22.00
Images of America: Graham. Amy Edwards Barr and Jerry Peterman, 2013. $22.00 
Images of America: Mebane. J. Ronald Oakley $22.00 
Images of America North Carolina Quakers, Spring Friends Meeting, J. Timothy Allen, 2011 $22.00 
Images of America: Saxapahaw, Heather Wallace, 2009. $22.00
Pyles Defeat: Deception at the Racepath, Carole Troxler, 2003. $12.00 
Snow Camp, North Carolina. J. Timothy Allen, 2013  $20.00 
Stained Glass: The Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, Betsy Gant and N. Jane Iseley, 1995. $32.00
Tasty Museum Memories, Cookbook Committee, ACC, 1997. $5.00 
Then and Now: Burlington, Don Bolden, 2010 $22.00



1927/28 Map of Alamance County, W.L. Spoon $5.00