There are a number of cultural and artistic experiences awaiting you here in Harnett County. From the richness of our story shared via intriguing museums and historical sites to the amazing talent showcased on theatre stages and art galleries across the county. It’s all here for you to enjoy.
Arts & Culture
Arts & Culture
Fine & Performing Arts
Angier Creative Arts Center
Locally owned and operated, this photography studio and art gallery displays and sells fine art and photography pieces. Visitors can also take advantage of custom framing, photography, trophy and plaque services as well.
Campbell University Arts Department
Grab a front-row seat to fine art, musical and drama events and productions hosted all year round by Campbell University. Be sure to also check out the EP Sauls Gallery in the Fine Arts Building on campus to see art displays through the year.
Dunn Shrine Center
This banquet and reception hall frequently host a variety of benefits and events for the Dunn Shrine Club. Come enjoy everything from car shows to benefit dinner to shag lessons.
Feel like dancing? Head on over to Grace Ballroom solo or with your favorite dance partner in tow to enjoy ballroom, Latin and swing dance lessons. The venue also hosts open dance nights twice a month perfect for additional practice time and fun night out.
Harnett County Arts Council
Promoting the arts community of Harnett County, the HCAC hosts events like artist socials, art popups and Chalk Fest – a chalk art contest open to artists ages 6 and up. The Council also spearheads a grassroots effort to establish a Barn Quilt and History Trail throughout Harnett County.
Harnett Regional Theatre
The Harnett Regional Theatre provides opportunities for high-quality theatre participation to the people of Harnett County and surrounding areas. Live productions take place at the Steward Theatre in Dunn.
Heart of Harnett Playhouse
The Heart of Harnett Playhouse welcomes residents to join and share their talents. The playhouse produces outstanding Broadway musicals, dramas and mysteries and showcase them at the old Lillington School auditorium.
J’Original’s Art Studio/Art on Broad Atelier
This studio is owned and operated by artist Joanna A. McKethan, SW, WSNC. Visit to view her paintings as well as commissioned work. Art classes are also offered for aspiring artists interested in honing their craft.
Hartnett County is made even more beautiful by the creative and eye-catching works from VanGoat studios. Run by local artist Elyse, VanGoat is passionate about creating murals for public and private venues in and around North Carolina.
Averasboro Civil War Battlefield and Museum
This museum details the events of the March 1865 Ballet of Averasboro and is the site of annual living history events and reenactments.
Coats Museum and Cotton Museum
Dive into the story of yesteryear’s cotton production right next door to the Coats History Museum. View restored farm machinery and more as you follow cotton’s narrative from seed to material production.
Erwin History Room
Take a trip back in time with stories about the Timber Rafters who created the Ghost Town of Averasboro and the great textile empire that became modern day Erwin.
General William C. Lee Airborne Museum
Explore the life of Maj. Gen. William C. Lee known as the “Father of the American Airborne.” Marvel at the white marble statue of Lee out front before heading inside the two-story museum/restored home filled with pictures, artifacts and memorabilia.
Hammerstone Scout Museum
Scouting enthusiasts visiting Harnett will certainly want to include the Hammerstone Scout Museum on their travel list. Displaying all kinds of memorabilia from scouting pioneers and heroes, the museum is a passion project for owner and former Eagle Scout Wayne Farrar.
Harnett County Coharie Indian Museum
This rustic museum preserves the memory of the Harnett County Indian villages that thrived along the Cape Fear River. On site is a craft shop, artifact display and a log cabin showcasing pioneer life.
The Dunn Area History Museum
Seeking to inspire and assist people in their understanding of local area history, this museum collects, preserves and displays artifacts and other historical materials pertaining to the history, culture and heritage of the greater Dunn area.
The Marvin & Mary Johnson Gourd Museum
In a little white cinderblock building in the woods just north of Angier is where you’ll find a museum filled with a collection of gourds from around the world. Come take a gander at them all from the purely decorative to the downright practical and everything in between.