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Mount Olive Museum

David John Aaron Teaching and History Museum


About The Museum

The Beginning

In 2001, the Mount Olive Area Historical Society signed a 99-year lease with Christine and Lippman Aaron Long Jr. for the use of their house at 137 East Main Street as a history museum. The museum was named after great-uncle, David John Aaron.


 David John Aaron

 Aaron lived in Mount Olive between 1881 and 1910. He was the publisher and editor of Mount Olive’s first newspaper, The Mount Olive Telegram (1883-1890). He also owned Aaron’s Pharmacy, was an incorporator of the Bank of Mount Olive in 1901 (present day Southern Bank), and was the first resident of Mount Olive elected to the North Carolina State Senate (1902-1904).

The house which was built around the 1900s, was designed in the Queen Anne architectural style. It was originally occupied by Aaron’s son, Dr. Leonard Aaron, operator of Aaron’s Pharmacy. The museum opened on April 28, 2007. It is a subsidiary of the Mount Olive Area Historical Society, Inc.

Museum Goals

  • Collect, preserve and display artifacts of Mount Olive and surrounding areas
  • Sponsor living history programs and special exhibits
  • Offer educational opportunities
  • Host civic clubs, scouts, students, families and other groups
  • Provide research opportunities


  • Hosting tours
  • Sponsoring Civil war Living History programs
  • Providing antique appraisals
  • Hosting special exhibits
  • Offering lectures
  • Assisting researchers

What we have

The museum contains hundreds of artifacts from the 1700s to the mid-1900s. They include an 1850s pie safe, an operational washing machine from the early 1930s, farm tools and equipment, Civil War and railroad memorabilia and a timeline of Mount Olive’s history.


                       Pie Safe.1860s

Exhibits include Mt. Olive Pickle Company, the University of Mount Olive, the Mount Olive Rotary Club, the Mount Olive Twentieth Century Club, the first Pickle Festival in 1952, and the Mount Olive Fire and Rescue departments. The museum displays also include an 1850s spinning wheel, an 1893 corn planter, 1930s stove,  kitchens utensils, and medical instruments.



Photographs cover a wide range of individuals, street scenes and businesses. Manuscript collections include several area families. The Kraft Photographic Collection contains hundreds of thousands of negatives and prints covering life in and around Mount Olive from the mid-1900s to the early 2000s.

Friends & Supporters

University of Mount Olive

This website wouldn’t be possible without the University of Mount Olive. A group of students designed and edited this site, their information can be found right here.

Our Top Supporters

Listed below are some of the close friends and supporters of the town.


    Southern Bank

    Founded in Mount Olive in 1901 and still headquartered here, Southern Bank today has assets of over $2 billion with over 60 locations in Eastern North Carolina and Virginia. Its mission is simple: to be large enough to offer the most innovative and convenient banking technologies, yet small enough to give customers the small town personal attention they've been getting for nearly 120 years  

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    Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes, And Fries

    Launched in a local mall by entrepreneur Kenney Moore, Hwy 55 has been serving up authentic hospitality and fresh food since 1991. Now headquartered in Mount Olive, Hwy 55 operates over 130 of its open-grill diners in eight states and two foreign countries. Visit our local store at 1037 N. Breazeale Avenue in Mt. Olive Centre.  

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    Mt. Olive Pickle Company, Inc.

    Visit the Mt. Olive Pickle Company gift shop, located at the corner of Cucumber and Vine. While there, ask to see the award-winning 14-minute DVD that talks about the company’s colorful history and shows how Mt. Olive pickles are made today. Hours: 8am-5pm weekdays. Address: One Cucumber Boulevard, Mount Olive, NC 28365.  

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