Billy Graham Library#5 in Best Things To Do in Charlotte
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An ode to "America's Pastor," the Billy Graham Library sits just a few miles from where Graham grew up. Sprawling across 20 acres about 10 minutes southwest of Uptown, the site allows visitors to explore the Graham family home (restored using 80 percent of its orginal materials), a Christian bookstore, a "Journey of Faith" exhibit detailing Graham's life, the Memorial Prayer Garden and a lunch eatery, the Dairy Bar.
Past visitors who were familiar with Graham said this was a must-see and described the grounds as "peaceful" and "moving." Highlights included the library, Graham's personal memorabilia and the garden. Others who were not familiar with Graham said it was a nice stop, but not necessarily a must-do. However, many conceded that the lack of an admission fee made it worth the visit, even if they did not know much about Graham or his family.
The Billy Graham Library is located about 5 miles south of the airport. Admission and parking are free. The site is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Plan to wear comfortable shoes as you'll be doing a lot of walking. The library recommends setting aside between 90 minutes to two hours to tour all of the facilities. For more information, visit the library's website.
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