Early Charlotte (Guided Homesite Tour Only)


Our most popular program! In 1774, the Alexander family moved into the Rock House. Today it is the last standing home of a framer of North Carolina's first Constitution and Bill of Rights, but what was it like to live here almost 250 years ago? By exploring the Rock House, Kitchen, Springhouse, and grounds of the historic Homesite, students will learn more about the early people who called Charlotte home, including members of the Catawba Nation, enslaved Africans, and the Alexanders themselves. This program includes a guided tour of the 1774 Alexander Rock House and Homesite.

Chaperone Admission: $5/person
Teacher/School-affiliated educator Admission: Free

Discounted admission rates applicable to schools with Title I status. Please specify your school's Title I status when booking your program reservation

Offered At

The Charlotte Museum of History

The Charlotte Museum of History saves and shares the Charlotte region’s history, connecting the past to current issues and opportunities. We believe a shared understanding of the past can enrich the community’s future, and we work to tell the stories of all parts of our community and all those who have inhabited our area.

Museum programs and exhibits explore important civic themes and how their meaning has evolved over time, including ideals of liberty, freedom, equity, justice, democracy, and citizenship.

The museum sits on an eight-acre wooded campus in fast-changing East Charlotte. It’s the site of the oldest surviving house in Mecklenburg County, the Rock House built circa 1774 for the Hezekiah Alexander household. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a designated local landmark, the house is Charlotte’s only remaining structure from the days of the Revolutionary period. Nearby are a relocated barn dating to the era, a reproduction log kitchen, and a reconstructed two-story springhouse. Tours of the site and museum programs highlight how people lived during that era and tell of the many cultures that came together to build Charlotte, including the stories of Black, Indigenous, and immigrant communities.



Colonial Times, Revolutionary War, 18th Century, African American History, Native Americans


25 students, Max 5 chap., Min 2 chap.


90 min.


Field Trip


1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Price Options

$8.00 per Person for Students

$6.00 per Person for Title I School

$5.00 per Person for Adults