The Museum

Although currently undergoing renovations, we are excited to announce that Historic Jarvisburg Colored School will reopen for the month of February for Black History Month. Starting February 1, 2024, self-guided tours will be available on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10-3. Historic Jarvisburg Colored School will be closed starting March 1, 2024, to continue renovations. We will keep the public updated on any future openings.

The Museum showcases an upper elementary age classroom that often combined several grades of children. Also included is historical information about all of the African American schools in Currituck County, beginning in 1868 through the 1950’s. Former students have shared many stories from their time at one or more of these schools. Exhibits speak to the cultural heritage of living in a rural, poor and coastal county in North Carolina.

The HJCS Museum is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10:00 - 3:00 to all visitors. Donations are welcomed and encouraged in lieu of admission fee.

The Museum is able to accommodate tours and school groups up to the building capacity of 60. Please contact HJCS by to make arrangements.

Location: 7302 Caratoke Highway, Jarvisburg, NC (map + directions)

Parking: parking is adjacent to the Museum on the south side of the building.

The African American Experience of Northeast North Carolina The African American Experience of Northeast North Carolina

Historic Jarvisburg Colored School is a point of interest on the new African American Experience of Northeast North Carolina heritage tour. This self-guided, digital heritage trail includes more than 30 outdoor interpretive signs and monuments, parks, waterways and museums. Take a powerful and inspiring road trip and explore the sites and stories that celebrate the contributions of African Americans and their significance in the cultural heritage of northeast North Carolina. Learn more at

The AAENENC is a collaborative effort developed, funded and facilitated by the tourism departments from the six participating counties of Chowan, Perquimans, Pasquotank, Camden, Currituck and Dare.

Exhibits were designed by Riggs Ward Design in Richmond, Va. | Exhibit fabrications by Explus.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places | December 11, 2009