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  • Annual Museum Rummage Sale
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: August 3, 2014 - 12:00 am
    Location: Swannanoa Valley Museum, West State Street, Black Mountain, NC, United States
    Description: Support the museum by donating to or buying from our Rummage Sale!

    Drop off your unwanted items (no clothing please) to the museum Tuesday - Saturday between the hours of 10-5. Reciepts for donation are available.

    The tent is located at the corner of Padgettown Road and Old US 70, Black Mountain, North Carolina.
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  • Annual Museum Rummage Sale
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: August 3, 2014 - 12:00 am
    Location: Swannanoa Valley Museum, West State Street, Black Mountain, NC, United States
    Description: Support the museum by donating to or buying from our Rummage Sale!

    Drop off your unwanted items (no clothing please) to the museum Tuesday - Saturday between the hours of 10-5. Reciepts for donation are available.

    The tent is located at the corner of Padgettown Road and Old US 70, Black Mountain, North Carolina.
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  • Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #7 - Patton's Table
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: August 16, 2014 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Swannanoa Valley Museum, West State Street, Black Mountain, NC, United States
    Description: Trip Description – If clear weather prevails, hikers will witness what has been described as some of the most stunning scenery on the entire 900 + mile Mountain to Sea Trail. During the first mile we will climb approximately 300 feet to the crest of the Swannanoa Rim and Hole-In-Rock Ridge, passing below Grey Eagle Rock and just above the boldest source of the Swannanoa River.

    We will also pass by the mysterious “stacked rocks” and Hole-In-Rock near the once famous eighteenth century Cherokee boundary. After crossing the scenic open ridge at approximately 5,700’ we will enter one of the largest Fraser fir forest still remaining in America. For the next mile, we will be in the deep fir forest as we make our steep, switchback ascent to Deer Gap on the crest of the Black Mountain Range (Swannanoa Rim).

    On the way up, we will cross several seeping streams and be in awe of the large, looming rock formations. As we enter Deer Gap, we will have climbed just over 500’. In Deer Gap, we will cross the faint trace of the Old Mitchell Trail. It is believed this portion of the historic trail is over 170 years old. North Fork’s Frederick “Fed” Burnett first guided Dr. Mitchell through Deer Gap in the summer of 1838.

    After leaving Deer Gap, we will follow the Mountain to Sea Trail along the crest of the Black Mountain Range and Patton’s Table (Swannanoa Rim) for approximately .65 miles. The walk through the balsams and spruce forest is easy and very inspiring. When we reach Patton’s Knob, we will descend approximately 200’ into Rainbow Gap. Here we will eat lunch, visit Chip Craig’s remote cabin and view the ruins of a three quarter century old plane wreck.

    Upon leaving Rainbow Gap, we will begin the steep three quarter mile climb to the summit of Blackstock Knob, a gain of approximately 470 feet. Unfortunately, due to the dense Fraser fir forest the sharp summit of Blackstock Knob (approx. elevation, 6,330’) has minimal views.

    As we begin the 1,000’ foot descent to Balsam Gap, the trail becomes steep, long and rough in places. Once we arrive in Balsam Gap (elevation 5,320’) on the Blue Ridge Parkway we will do the vehicle shuttle and head home. We should arrive back in Black Mountain around 5:00 or 5:15 pm.

    Since thunderstorms at this elevation are almost a daily occurrence, hikers are reminded to bring their best “rain gear” and footwear. Temperatures can drop 15-20 degrees during and after these storms, so be prepared. As an interesting side-bar, you might be surprised to know that this section of the Black Mountain Range (Swannanoa Rim) recorded an average of 162 inches of snowfall during the last two winters. That’s greater than the average snowfall of the US’s snowiest large city (Rochester, NY at 100 inches). Bring you lunch, plenty of water and be ready to enjoy a day in a Canadian like environment. High above the Swannanoa Valley, this is truly a unique ecosystem and a setting you will never forget … We call it the Swannanoa Rim, Eastern America’s Highest and Most Historic Skyline.

    Total hiking distance – 5.3 miles

    Meet: 8:00 AM at the Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street.

    Parking: Please park in the gravel parking lot between the funeral home and the Methodist Church on State Street across the street from the museum and walk over to the museum to check in.

    Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult

    Pack List: Please bring your lunch and plenty of water. Wear good hiking shoes and socks and long pants. You will probably also want sunscreen, bug spray, a hat, hiking poles, rain gear, and any personal medications you may need. Please have all gear you are not wearing in a day pack to keep your hands free while hiking.

    Cost: (for each hike)$25 for Museum members, $45 for non-members.

    Registration: Reservations are required as spaces are filling up fast. Participation in each hike will be limited to 30 hikers plus the Museum team. To register please contact the museum at 669-9655 or register through our website.

    We will car pool and drive to Balsam Gap on the Blue Ridge Parkway, north of Craggy Gardens. We will leave a few vehicles here for the return shuttle. After the car drop at Balsam Gap, we will drive to the Mountain to Sea trailhead on the road to Mt. Mitchell State Park. Driving time from Black Mountain to the trailhead near Mt. Mitchell is approximately one hour.
  • Valley History Explorer Hike #6: Grove Stone Quarry (North Fork)
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: August 16, 2014 - 2:00 pm
    Location: Swannanoa Valley Museum, West State Street, Black Mountain, NC, United States
    Description: Learn the history of the Swannanoa Valley while exploring our communities on moderate, approximately 3-mile hikes to 8 historic destinations throughout the year.

    The sixth hike in the series will take hikers on an exploration of part of Grove Stone Quarry to a viewpoint overlooking the North Fork Valley.

    This moderate trail is part of the network of roads that trucks drive through the quarry. Jason Conner, who works for the quarry, will share the geology of the region. We will hike to a viewpoint the overlooks the North Fork Valley and the Asheville Watershed while we learn about the history of the area.

    Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum at 10:00 AM to carpool to the trail head.

    Pack List: Please bring a bag lunch and plenty of water along with your hiking gear.

    Cost: $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers.

    Registration: Call 828-669-9566 or email info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org.
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Museum Hours

Saturday, April 12 - October 31, 2014

Tuesday through Saturday
10:00am - 5:00pm

Closed Sunday and Monday

Location

223 West State Street (physical)
PO Box 306 (mailing)
Black Mountain, NC 28711