The House of Flags museum is one of a kind in the United States. Originally, George Schofield was motivated by the idea of a museum devoted to flags. His enthusiasm gained the support of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 9116 to create a museum to educate the community on flag respect, honor and history. Located in Columbus, North Carolina the museum was once housed in a structure which did not have heat,air conditioning or a restroom. Fundraising was underway in 2005 for a new location in downtown Columbus. Initially the site of the old fire department was selected for a new building to be erected. After much discussion it was determined to renovate the old fire departments building in lieu of constructing a new one, while at the same time saving much needed funds for the project. The 2009 North Carolina General assembly issued a joint resolution honoring the museums founder and supported the efforts for promoting patriotism and tourism in the state. The funds for the renovation were raised by the local community. A local contractor and various volunteers helped to see the project through completion. The House of Flags is comprised of over 300 flags representing our nation's history including flags from the states, Civil war, Colonial and Revolutionary war, WWII and more. The vision of a permanent location was realized on November 11, 2011 when the House of Flags celebrated it's Grand Opening. Museum hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. and Saturdays from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. or by appointment. Admission is free but donations are accepted. For more information call 828-894-5640 On a personal note, the House of Flags is a great experience and a unique walk through important history of our nation. When visiting the House of Flags allow ample time to tour the facilities as each flag on display has a placard detailing it's history. You are sure to leave with an education on flags that you will not find anywhere else but in this one of a kind museum.
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