Jerry Blackwelder

Dallas Museum Chronicles Gaston County History

The history of Gaston County dates back to the 1750s when German and Scotch-Irish settlers chose the area to put down their roots. When the County was created in 1846 Dallas became the first town and site of the County’s first Courthouse.

Today the Gaston County Museum of Art and History, located in the Dallas Historic District’s 19th century Hoffman Hotel, offers exciting, immersive programs for student groups. Each program is tailored to meet North Carolina curriculum standards.

Permanent historical exhibits are displayed in the Hoffman Hotel and the next door Daniel Stowe Carriage House. Exhibits include an extensive textile presentation demonstrating the importance of textiles in Gaston County from the late 1800s to the mid twentieth century. The Carriage House displays the largest collection of horse-drawn vehicles in North Carolina.

Stroll around the Historic District to show your students outstanding examples of 19th and early 20th century historic buildings that help tell the story of life in the Piedmont.

For more information call (704) 922-7681 or visit


Carolina Publishing

PO Box 1155
Matthews, NC 28106

(704) 708-6270