PEOPLE & PLACE The Gilded Age of Kings Mountain, NC

Exhibit on Display June 22 – October 23, 2021

Open Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Admission is free!

Kings Mountain Historical Museum invites the public to mark the calendar for their upcoming exhibit opening, PEOPLE & PLACE: The Gilded Age of Kings Mountain, NC. The city of Kings Mountain, NC was incorporated on February 11, 1874, during the era termed the "Gilded Age" which refers to the time period between 1870 and 1900. This period of time often evokes images of great wealth and businessmen such as Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and G.W. Vanderbilt who became wealthy as the steel, oil, and railroad industries flourished. This exhibit explores the beginnings of Kings Mountain and how the "Gilded Age' in North Carolina was a time of dramatic cultural transformation bringing new technology, new consumer goods, new patterns of living, and new opportunities for women.

*This event will adhere to social distancing protocols and guidelines in place at the time of the event. Masks are recommended.

Display on fashion in the Gilded Age with hats and personal effects.

This is a wedding ensemble from 1895 on display that was worn by Caroline Anthony Ware (1873-1941) from Catawba County, NC, who was Lena Ware McGill’s mother. She married William A. Ware. Caroline is buried at Mountain Rest Cemetery in Kings Mountain, NC. Donor: Lena Ware McGill

Display on advertising, home goods, and women’s roles in the Gilded Age.

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Submitted by January Costa, Director & Curator

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