The house served as a stagecoach stop, was the site of a skirmish at the end of the Civil War and was home to three generations of Carsons and 68 slaves. The beautifully preserved three-story upcountry plantation house and barn are home to excellent collections of period furniture, quilts and coverlets, paintings, glassware, china, pottery and Civil War memorabilia. The Carson family history includes the creation of McDowell County, North Carolina public service and tales of Sam Houston and Davey Crockett. The "Bondage and Resistance" exhibit room details the slave experience in Western North Carolina, and a genealogical library is available for public use. During December, the museum is open during holiday hours. Shop with them for unique Christmas items and special tours. The Arbor at Carson House is available to rent for private events and parties.