Explore the Life of ‘America’s Pastor’ at the Billy Graham Library

By   •   April 16, 2018

With flowers in bloom and summer approaching, now would be a great time to plan a visit to The Billy Graham Library, especially if you’re looking for a reason to head south.

The Library, which opened its doors in 2007, has become Charlotte, North Carolina’s No. 1 attraction on TripAdvisor, drawing people from around the world. Often, visitors will even end up there by happenstance (at least in their eyes) looking for an actual library or while trying to find the way to Charlotte’s airport.

Prayer Garden visitors pause at the gravesite of Billy and Ruth Graham. A short walk down the path will take you to the area where George Beverly Shea, Cliff Barrows, and Billie Barrows (early Crusade pianist and first wife of Cliff Barrows) are laid to rest.

Through the end of the year, the Library will rotate special displays for visitors to see. These exhibits are located in The Journey of Faith tour, are free to the public and no pre-registration is required.

Here’s a schedule of the special displays honoring Billy Graham:

  • Now-May: “To the Ends of the Earth” – 1960s & 1970s
  • June-August: “New Frontiers” – 1980s & 1990s
  • September-October: “Looking to the Future” – 2000s & 2010s
  • November-December: “Then and Now” – Today

The Billy Graham Library has been more than a tourist attraction. Although designed to reflect Billy Graham’s journey from North Carolina farm boy to America’s Pastor, Mr. Graham wanted the Library to be an ongoing Crusade to share the Gospel well after he went to heaven.

Today, it’s just that.

Nearly three months after Billy Graham’s passing, a steady flow of visitors are still making their way to the Library to honor the beloved evangelist.

Mr. Graham’s private funeral was held March 2 on the Library grounds, and tens of thousands have visited since then to see his gravesite, the home he grew up in, and learn more about his life and legacy.

The influx in visitors has also meant an increase in prayer requests and decisions for Christ. As a result, Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains are on-site during business hours to assist Library volunteers with prayer, answer questions or simply lend a listening ear.

In addition to the Prayer Garden and The Journey of Faith tour through the Library, visitors can enjoy milkshakes and other treats at the Graham Brothers Dairy Bar and stop by Ruth’s Attic Bookstore. The Graham Family Homeplace was also relocated to the Billy Graham Library property and meticulously restored so visitors can get a look at the two-story brick colonial that Billy Graham called home as a child.

Plan your visit today.


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  1. Rhonda says:

    I sure would love to come there one day. Just reading this article does something to me as I’m reading it. I can’t explain it but I know it’s the Lord…Mr. Graham was a wonderful, beautiful human being and is missed deeply.

  2. Blanche Marie Jackson says:

    I love Reverend Billy Graham. He is and was truly a man of God.

  3. michele says:

    It looks so beautiful and peaceful there.

  4. Marilyn Crockett says:

    You all have this so organized, and may God bless you.

  5. Holly Nicholson says:

    I sure did appreciate Billy Graham. But his legacy will live on for years to come!

  6. Geraldine Holloway says:

    His faithfulness to God and to sharing His Word have blessed my life.

  7. Herbert Nixon says:

    To God be the glory. Even the rocks shall cry out his glory.

  8. Carl A. Phillips says:

    One of the best preachers I have heard of and went to see in Buffalo, New York, in 1950. I’ve kept track of him ever since.

  9. Norman Audas says:

    I was saved at a Billy Graham Crusade in Des Moines, Iowa. I would like to receive more information about visiting the Library and grave site.

  10. Marlene Beauvais says:

    It is so wonderful that the Library and gravesites are open to the public. It is a tribute to Billy Graham’s work and the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.