Harvey Hill
Programs + Events

History in the Park: Dorothea Dix Hospital and the Civil War

Event graphic includes  historic photo of the Dix Hospital portico, black and white photo from a battlefield and painting of a soldier

*** CANCELED ***

We will reschedule our History Talk for a later date. Stay tuned...

Dorothea Dix Hospital, formerly known as the North Carolina Insane Asylum, opened only five years before the start of the American Civil War. The bloody conflict left an indelible mark on the hospital for the next half century.

Join City of Raleigh (COR) Museum Director Ernest Dollar as he explores the occupation of the hospital grounds by Union soldiers in 1865 and the war’s legacy in those who sought treatment for the deep trauma it caused. Using letters, diaries and patient records, Dollar brings to life those who found the Civil War’s carnage a burden too great to bear.

Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM

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If we need to postpone or cancel due to inclement weather, we will communicate through Eventbrite ( Please Register) and post on the Dix Park Facebook Page.

Know Before You Go:

  • Please bring a chair or a blanket to sit on.
  • The program will be outside the entire time - dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Come prepared to only have port-a-johns available at the Big Field and Flowers Field.


Location: Harvey Hill at Dix Park, 693 Palmer Drive, Raleigh, NC

Directions to the Program Location:
Going southeast on Western Boulevard (toward downtown Raleigh), turn right onto S. Boylan Drive. Stay right to continue on Boylan Drive. Turn left onto Umstead Drive. The tree covered hill directly in front of you is Harvey Hill. Find parking at the top of the hill.

Dorothea Dix Park continues to work to be accessible and welcoming for visitors with disabilities and limited mobility. Accessible Parking with reserved spaces is available in all lots on campus. Handicap accessible port-a-johns are located at the Big Field and Flowers Field. Portions of Dorothea Dix Park, including some areas where programs and events occur, have uneven surfaces are not ADA accessible at this time.

Planning a visit to Dix Park and have questions about accessibility? Contact Joseph Voska, Programs and Operations Supervisor, at 919-996-6688 or