A Little Bit of History: Freeman Round House

Photo by Frank Whatley.
Photo by Frank Whatley.

Oliver Nestus Freeman Round House Museum is located at 1202 Nash Street, in Wilson North Carolina.

The Oliver Nestus Freeman Round House museum features cultural artifacts relating to the history of African Americans in, and their contributions to development of, Wilson.

The Round House was built by Oliver Nestus Freeman (1882-1955) in 1946. Freeman was a prolific local stonemason. He built houses to help alleviate the post-war housing shortage. The Round House is made of stone and a variety of materials Freeman found at hand, including bottles, tree saplings, and string according to the www.wilson-nc.com museum page.

The museum is run by volunteers, and is open several days a week.  During some months of the year, they hold outdoor concerts and events in addition to tours.

 

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