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Tour NC State’s Hallowed Places

Walking tours are now open for groups of up to 25 people, with faculty- and staff-specific tours scheduled during Red and White Week.

Tim Peeler standing on a brick path and holding a walking stick while speaking to a small crowd of people
The Court of North Carolina is one of several stops on the Hallowed Places tour around Central Campus.

Many staff and faculty members walk by the most important places on campus without knowing their significance. It’s OK, because the same is true for scores of students, alumni and campus visitors.

That’s why, coming out of the most recent Physical Master Plan, there is an increased focus on NC State’s Hallowed Places, the 10 irreplaceable buildings, landscapes and natural settings that have been designated for their importance to the campus community.

Tours are now available for groups of up to 25. Two faculty-and-staff-specific tours are scheduled for Red and White Week, the first on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 5 p.m. and the second on Friday, Oct. 27, at 4 p.m. Sign up here.

The tours include some university folklore, stories about icons and legends, and some things all of us need to know about the treasured ground between the tunnels and under the bricks of North Carolina’s largest university.

All tours start at the front steps of Holladay Hall. Please gather 10 minutes prior to your tour’s start time.

A black and white photo of Holladay Hall in 1890
Holladay Hall in 1890
Holladay Hall at night
Holladay Hall today

In the 60-to-90-minute stroll around main campus, you’ll learn some things you might not have known about familiar locations, such as:

  • How many bricks were needed to build Holladay Hall?
  • Where did the four faces of the Memorial Tower come from?
  • Why did Mary Yarbrough spend so much of her youth at NC State?
  • What NC State alum designed the Brickyard based on his world travels?
  • How thick is the paint in the Free Expression Tunnel?
  • Why did the richest woman in the world in 1942 agree to give $100,000 to complete construction of Reynolds Coliseum?
  • Why is there a stone bridge on the Court of North Carolina?

The tour visits each of the above places and gives information about two other Hallowed Places, Lake Raleigh Woods and the College of Veterinary Medicine cow pastures. It will also share a few secrets about the newest Hallowed Place, Centennial Campus’ Oval.

There are two giving opportunities for interested participants: the newly created Hallowed Places Preservation Fund and Hallowed Places limited-edition wines. The former will help maintain the needs of current Hallowed Places, and the latter will support student scholarships.

Two wines, produced by the Shelton Wineries in Dobson, North Carolina, have been released previously, and another will dribble and bounce out in November.