Whippoorwhill Academy and the Tom Dooley Museum

The Tom Dooley Museum is part of the Whippoorwhill Academy and Village, a complex of restored buildings. The museum, housed in an old hewn-log cabin, features artifacts, photographs, paintings, and written information on the story of Tom Dula, who was hanged in 1868 for the murder of a young women named Laura Foster. There's a historic marker at the intersection of Highways 268 and 1134 in Wilkes County that calls attention to the murder and Dula's subsequent capture and punishment.

The enduring legend of Tom Dooley has generated several books, a video program, museum exhibits and the hit recordings "Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley." 

The Village is open April thru October and guided tours are available Wednesdays thru Saturdays (1-5pm). Wednesdays thru Friday’s may be scheduled at different times. Closed January through March except by appointment. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Open by appointment only January to March.

Event Details

Location Whippoorwill Academy and the Tom Dooley Museum
Ferguson, NC
Cost Donation Suggested
Music Styles Bluegrass
Event Type Exhibit
  • ✔ Can Accommodate Groups
  • ✔ Dancers Welcome
  • ✔ Family Friendly
  • ✔ Handicapped Accessible

Contact Info

Phone 336-973-3237

Upcoming Dates: