Cary History by Train: Raleigh Edition

  • Dates: July 14, 2024
  • Presenting Organization: The City Doctor Productions/The Cary Visitor Center
  • Venue: Cary Train Station and then Merrimon-Wynne House
  • Location: Cary
  • Address: Cary Train Station, 211 N. Academy Street, Cary, NC 27511
  • Times: 9:30am01:15pm
  • Admission: $75+


Join us on this first of its kind tour!

From the moment of arrival at the station to step on the train for the short ride to Raleigh, guests will have access to historical records and recently discovered private accounts related to Frank's final years in Raleigh to review and explore.

Upon arrival in Raleigh, guests will stroll the 27 minute walk to the Merrimon-Wynne, passing sites of Frank's long-lost landmark buildings he created in Raleigh as well as sites of significance to NC history in general. (Guests are welcome to separately engage ride shares to the house, if the walk is not desired.)

When guests arrive to the home, they are welcome to light refreshments of a biscuit bar and drink before the tour begins. On the tour, guests will learn more of the histories and mysteries of the house and Frank's time there, extending to the other owners of the home. More related historical documents and accounts will be provided to guests.

Then guests will have the opportunity to use the historical dossier of records to further investigate the unanswered questions and events revealed on the tour. They can also explore the house and grounds on their own. As time allows, they can also use the Merrimon-Wynne as a home base for side trips in Raleigh they wish to take.

We will then walk back to the station (or guests may again opt for ride share) for the train ride back to Cary. On the walk back, guests will learn little-known stories of the role the Raleigh train played to Cary residents through the years, including humorous and downright weird accounts from historical records.

Finally as we travel back to Cary, guests can imagine these events coming to life as we follow the same path as generations of Caryites did before, seeing familiar and new landmarks with a brand-new perspective.