Dig deeper into the heritage of Scotland County and surrounding areas at these local educational institutions and explore selected books and websites.

Museums, Libraries, & Archives

The Scotland County Public Library has a North Carolina Room with local and state history books, maps, and other assets.

Built by John Gilchrist in 1795, a Scotland native, the house is a rare example of early Federal architecture in the Sandhills regions of NC. The house is open once a month on Sundays for visitors. 

The Scottish Heritage Center, located on the campus of St. Andrews University, is dedicated to preserving the Scottish heritage of the region.

Located on the same property the McNeil House and the Richmond Temperance & Literary Society are two important landmarks in Scotland County. John McNeil was a poet laureate and the Temperance Society met to discuss politics, literature, and the Temperance movement.

Located on the campus of The UNC-Pembroke, the Museum of the Southeast American Indian offers authentic artifacts, fine arts, and hands-on experiences of the cultures and histories of Southeastern Native peoples. 

Books of Interest

Gibson, J. M. (1995). Scotland county emerging, 1750-1900 : the history of a small section of North Carolina

Henley, N. M. C., & Henley, T. (1989). The home place (2nd ed., Ser. Scottish heritage series). St. Andrews Press.

Kelly, D. F., & Kelly, C. S. (1998). Carolina scots : A historical and genealogical study of over 100 years of emigration. 1739 Publications.

Kelly, D. F. (1981). The Scottish Blue family from Carolina to Texas. D.F. Kelly.

McLean, A. W., Purcell, J. E., & Singletary, A. G. (1942). Lumber River Scots and their descendants : The McLeans, the Torreys, the Purcells, the McIntyres, the Gilchrists. The William Byrd Press.

Scotland County Historical Association. (2004). Heritage of Scotland County, North Carolina, 2003. Scotland County Historical Association.

Stewart, J. D., Stewart, S., & Scotland County Historic Properties Commission. (2001). Scotland county. Arcadia.

Wright, M. (1991). A sense of place. St. Andrews Press.

Wright, M. (1996). A sense of place, part II. Walsworth Pub.