View of Rotunda

Architectural historians internationally have acknowledged that the North Carolina State Capitol is a masterpiece of American architecture. The State Capitol Foundation has restored the furnishings of the building, including all of the original desks and dais, reconstructed chairs as needed and is in the process of conserving the artifacts, including statuary and plaques. Lighting has been added to the priceless portrait of George Washington by renowned American painter Thomas Sully. Gifts are most welcome in order to maintain this, our most important civic landmark.


Festivals and Events

The North Carolina State Capitol Foundation sponsors a variety of educational and entertainment events both in the Capitol and on Union Square each year. These include the annual lighting of the State Christmas tree by the Governor which is viewed across the state on live television and the annual Fourth of July festivities on Union Square. Additional changing exhibitions and events occur throughout the year and are posted on this website. Most are free and all are open to the public.


About The North Carolina State Capitol Foundation

The North Carolina State Capitol Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization, was founded in 1976 when a group of forward-thinking individuals envisioned the State Capitol as not just a symbol but also a vibrant historic site. Today, the Capitol commemorates our past and celebrates the future.

To that end, the Foundation supports North Carolina in its mission to further educational opportunities at the Capitol and to encourage the continual restoration and interpretation of this important civic building. By raising both awareness and funds, the Foundation continues to transform the State Capitol site into an experience that will educate and inspire generations to come.

To read more about the history of the Foundation download our 30th anniversary newsletter.

If you are interested in working with our volunteer Board of Directors, contact Diana Mauney, 919-733-4994.

Board of Directors

The Honorable Charles Montgomery, President
Kevin Leonard, First Vice-President
Edward T. "Ed" Davis, Second Vice-President; Society Chair
Chancy M. Kapp, Treasurer
Julie G. Lisella, Secretary
The Honorable Katie S. "Kay" Cashion, Immediate Past President

Ex–Officio Members

The Honorable Phil Berger, Senate President Pro Tem
The Honorable Tim Moore, Speaker of the House
D. Reid Wilson, Secretary of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Dr. Darin Waters, Deputy Secretary, Office of Archives & History
Terra Schramm, State Capitol Site Administrator


Jennifer Allen
Ivan S. Cutler
Dianne B. Davidian 
Margaret Dickson
Bill Donovan
The Honorable Rufus L. Edmisten
Julie Fleming
Crash Gregg
The Honorable Nathaniel Hall
Jennie J. Hayman
Frank T. Jones, Jr.
Henry W. Jones, Jr.
Julia Garrison Lisella
Amy McConkey 
Lou Mitchell
Brenda Pollard
Frank J. Ragsdale
Nancy B. Thompson
Justin D. Williams
William Pennuel "Penn" Wood
The Honorable George Breece, Director Emeritus
The Honorable Mary L. Jarrell, Director Emeritus



Effective May 3, 2023, and until further notice, the North Carolina State Capitol is closed to visitors while construction is underway to replace the copper on the roof and dome, update the HVAC system, and repair damaged stone. We apologize for the inconvenience!




Conservation and preservation of the State Capitol Historic Site is ongoing with many new projects on the horizon.

Would you like to help the SCF preserve the North Carolina State Capitol and its collections?