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Established in 1869, Historic Oakwood Cemetery is located in the Victorian neighborhood within stumbling distance of iconic city landmarks like the North Carolina State Capitol and Governor's Mansion. With a belief that pays respect to the dead while celebrating life, the 102 acres (41 hectares) of sprawling landscape is an archetypal 19th-century garden cemetery and final resting place for over 20,000 Raleigh citizens and political dignitaries including senators, war veterans and mayors. Henry Mordecai allocated an area to commemorate Confederate soldiers, adjacent to the House of Memory, an ode to men and women serving the nation. The verdant park of oaks and maples is punctuated with monumental tomb stones, sculptures, statues, inscriptions and carvings.
During the final year of the American Civil War, Raleigh National Cemetery was built so as to provide the Union's slain with a final resting place. Situated in downtown Raleigh, the cemetery spans seven acres (2.8 hectares), and is known particularly for its Artillery Monument. The cemetery is closed on all Federal holidays other than Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
Mordecai Historic Park is steeped in heritage. Abode to some of North Carolina's most prestigious monuments, go back in time with a tour of the sprawling space. One of the oldest mansions in Raleigh, Mordecai House is well-preserved in its antebellum style and original glory. Constructed in 1785 and the home of the Mordecai family until 1964, authentic furnishings and artifacts are curated on display in the establishment. Other sites include the birth place of 17th American president, Andrew Johnson, the verdant Ellen Mordecai Garden, lovely St. Mark's Chapel and the historic city trolley. The park plays host to an array of public events throughout the year.
The Peace College Main Building is a prime location on the campus of the distinguished Peace College. The main building was constructed from 1859 through 1862. It encompasses a massive land cover of approximately 8 acres (3.2 hectares). The building is a fine model of the Greek Revival style of architecture. Its stands registered on the National Register of Historic Places since the year 1973. The white columns of the building add up tremendous aesthetic value to the structure.
The Heck-Andrews House is a beautiful home that has adapted the Second Empire architectural style. Originally, the house of Jonathan McGee Heck it is now under the ownership of North Carolina government.
The Historic Haywood Hall was built in 1799 as a residence for John Haywood, the state's treasurer. Having been inherited through generations, today the structure houses a museum and is open for public tours. The museum showcases the family history and has a doll collection. One can walk around and take a look at the old-world furniture or relax in the garden outside. Cultural events and meetings are held here from time to time. The hall is an impressive specimen of early-American architecture.
It seems fitting that the official symbol for the city of Raleigh, known as the City of Oaks, should be a giant acorn. Located at the busy Moore Square, the acorn is a true local icon. Made entirely of copper, the acorn was created by David Benson, a local sculptor. The acorn weighs a massive 1,250 pounds (566 kilograms) and is a major aspect of the yearly New Years Celebration, during which it is shifted from the park to the Civic Center Plaza where it is dropped by a crane in a spectacle emulating the Times Square Ball.
Named after Alfred Moore, the Moore Square Historic District is featured on the National Register of Historic Places. This district consists of East Hargett Street, formerly Black Main Street, City Market, Marbles Kids Museum and IMAX Theater. Various programs and community events are organised here such as the Raleigh Art Festival, movie in the park and farmers market. All of these activities makes this area lively and a must-visit destination when in town.
In Downtown Raleigh, the Moore Square is the place to go to if you want a taste of the local culture. Named after the former State Attorney General Alfred E. Moore, this square started as a gathering place, then, through its course in history, it gradually grew in importance in the community. It became the place in the city, where all the major, and even the seemingly minor, cultural events were held. From Farmer's Markets to the bigger events like the World Beer Festival and Artsplosure, the Moore Square retains its place as a focal point for culture in Raleigh.
North Carolina State Legislative Building is a government building established in 1963. Currently, it houses the North Carolina General Assembly.
The North Carolina State Capitol looks much the same today as it did when it was rebuilt in 1840. Originally built between 1792 and 1796, it burned in 1831 and the government set out to build a new, more majestic, capitol. Today it stands proud on Union Square, one of the best-preserved examples of Greek Revival-style architecture in America. The centerpiece of the impressive rotunda is a statue of George Washington dressed in a Roman tunic. The building's history is a colorful one, with stories of ghosts roaming and secret spy rooms.
The Governor's house in North Carolina, the North Carolina Executive Mansion is an impressive structure of bricks that is a fine sample of Baroque architecture used in the time of Queen Anne. It is open to the public who can view the carpeted furnishings, regal chandeliers and brilliant woodwork that are part of the decor. Also used as a space for private meetings and events, the building is a landmark destination in the city.