Description: Trace an illustrated timeline of Mount
Olive’s history, featuring photos and stories from the 1830s to the 1970s,
in the front hall.
Mt. Olive Pickle
Description: Catch a glimpse of the Mt. Olive Pickle
Company long before it became the nation’s #1 brand of pickles, peppers
and relishes. Old jars, labels and photographs speak to simpler times in
Description: See how kitchens used to look, complete
with a farm table and chairs, a pie safe (c. 1860), an 1850s spinning
wheel, a 1930s stove, and utensils before the days of Pampered Chef.
Rotary Club of Mount Olive
Description: Rotary Club of Mount Olive organized in 1923, the Rotary Club of Mount Olive continues to serve as a catalyst
for service in the community. Browse club artifacts, including banners,
photographs and record books, from 1923 through 1999.
Antique Furniture & China
Description: Throughout the museum’s rooms are antique
furniture and fine china, including a 1790s blanket chest, 1890s chairs,
desk and server, family portraits and handsome mantels.
Description: From the Civil War through the Vietnam
War, Mount Olive residents went into military service. Memorabilia and
photographs honor their experiences and sacrifices.
Fire, Rescue & Police
Description: Mount Olive’s first volunteer fire department was established in 1904, and years later other local residents formed what would become a celebrated volunteer rescue service. Trace the history of these organizations, and see police equipment from earlier decades. (Fire department with horse & wagon)
Farm and Household
Description: An operational 1930s washing machine and
a wooden ice box serve as reminders of just how far home appliances have
come. View other household and farm equipment, including a 1929 milk and
cream separator, an 1893 foot-operated corn planter and many assorted
Description: The only resident of Mount Olive and Wayne County to play in a World Series game.
Ray Scarborough worked at the Mt. Olive Pickle Company in the off season
and was known in the Northern press as the “pickle packing pitcher.” The
museum’s collection includes baseball cards, and photographs.