Welcome to the House of Flags
Where Patriotism Lives. . .
This unique educational museum was opened on September 8th 2001 in response to local citizen’s desire to instill respect and etiquette for the flag of the United States of America. As the flag collection grew to over 300 different flags the history education role of the Museum also grew. All flags are full-size faithful reproductions accompanied with detailed descriptions of their story. And, every flag has a story to tell. Self-guided tours or narrated tours are available in this fully handicap accessible facility in downtown Columbus, North Carolina.
The tour begins with the “Defenders of Freedom” collection of military service and religious flags. Note the braille-tactile flags displayed here and in the other rooms. Next the “Birth of a Nation” collection displays flags of our founding countries and the Revolutionary War era. See “how our flag got its stripes” here. The third room represents “The Price of Liberty” with flags from the War of 1812, Texas Republic, Civil War, WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, Gulf Wars, Iraq & Afghanistan wars. Flags commemorating the 9-11 Terrorist Attacks are also on display here. A special display of the “Liberty Cap Flags” shows our earliest symbol of freedom. Last is the “United States of America” room complete with all 27 official U.S. flags, from 13 to 50 stars, and the accompanying state and territory flags.
Ahoy: Pirate Flag Exhibit Opens in September
Flags from the Golden Age of Piracy will be exhibited in a “nautical” display through the end of the year (2014) at the House of Flags Museum in Columbus (NC) beginning on Friday September 19th (International Talk Like a Pirate Day). Nearly 20 different replica flags associated with Pirates of the Carolinas and the Southern Coast from the late 1600s through the early 1700s will be on display. Discover some little known pirates and their unique flags along with some favorites from “The Gentleman Pirate” Stede Bonnet and “Blackbeard” Edward Thatch to “Calico Jack” Rackham and Samuel “Black Sam” Belamy. Pirate legends come alive in the stories told by their flags.
Special pirate reference books, videos, flags, and treasures are available in the museum’s Flag Store Gift Shop. Younger “pirate” guests will enjoy treasure hunts, games, and puzzles during their visit.
Star Spangled Banner: After the Pirate Flag Exhibit visitors can celebrate our “Star Spangled Banner’s” 200th anniversary. What Francis Scott Key, a young lawyer, saw on the morning of September 14, 1814 after night-long bombardment and thunderstorms inspired his poem “In Defense of Fort McHenry.” The 15-star, 15-stripe flag of the United States of America flew from 1795 to 1818.
Hours of Operation
Tuesday / Thursday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
For school and group tours contact the House of Flags at 828-894-5640 or email flagmuseum @gmail (dot) com. Donations are accepted to cover expenses.
33 Gibson Street, Columbus NC 28722
Email: flagmuseum @gmail (dot) com