Our full 2017 Event Calendar is listed in chronological order below beginning with our next event. Past events are listed at the bottom of the page.


Saturday, August 19, 2017
Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #8 – Walker’s Knob

Rim Hike 8 Walker's KnobThis peak (elevation 5,482 feet) was named after North Fork’s Walker family, one of the early families to settle in the upper North Fork valley. The Walkers owned much of the land and were engaged in timber and logging. Along this trail are giant hemlocks, lichen and moss covered rocks, stretches of beech forest, surround by spectacular views.This 4-mile, moderate hike begins at Balsam Gap and extends to Greybeard Overlook on Blue Ridge Parkway. On this hike there are several long range views over the North Fork Valley and the Asheville Watershed.

Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Difficulty:
Moderate, 3.8 miles

Meet Time: 8:00AM
Estimated Return Time: 2:30PM

Cost: $30 for members, $50 for nonmembers

We are at capacity for this hike. Please call or email the Museum to be added to the waitlist.

Rim Hike #8: Walker Knob




Saturday, September 9, 2017

 Valley History Explorer Hike #7: Rattlesnake Lodge (Riceville)

Hikers will first stop at Bull Gap, overlooking the Riceville valley, to learn about the history of the community, named after Joseph Marion Rice, who settled in the region in the 1780s. From Bull Gap, hikers will travel along the original 1.4-mile trail to the ruins of Rattlesnake Lodge. In 1903, Dr. Chase Ambler, realizing the health benefits of the mountains, commenced construction of a summer home for his growing family. Remembered as one of the most unique summer residences in Western North Carolina, Rattlesnake Lodge also boasted stables, tennis courts, and a pool.

Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Meet Time: 9:00AM
Estimated Return Time: 1:00PM
Cost: $25/$35

We are at capacity for this hike. Please call or email the Museum to be added to the waitlist.


VHE #2 – Riceville




Friday, September 15, 2017
SVM Book Club: Creating the Land of the Sky: Tourism and Society in WNC, by Richard D. Starnes

51n3nj1afzl-_sx327_bo1204203200_September’s read is a non-fiction work by NC native and historian Dr. Richard D. Starnes, Dean of Arts and Sciences at Western Carolina University. Richard Starnes argues that western North Carolina benefited from the romanticized image of Appalachia in the post-Civil War American consciousness. This image transformed the southern highlands into an exotic travel destination, a place where both climate and culture offered visitors a myriad of diversions. This depiction was further bolstered by partnerships between state and federal agencies, local boosters, and outside developers to create the attractions necessary to lure tourists to the region.

Meet:
Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711

Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Cost: Free; Bring along a bag lunch and join other history and literature enthusiasts as you discuss themes, opinions and more! register_now_button


Saturday, September 16, 2017
Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #9: Buckner’s Knob

Buckner’s Knob was the original name given to today’s Craggy Pinnacle, named after the Buckner family, one of the early families to settle on the Barnardsville side of the Craggies. The Flats of Craggy were the spot where the boys from North Fork side of the Craggies and those from the Barnardsville side would meet for baseball games and campouts. The flats were much more open then due to the grazing of cattle and sheep for many years. This 3.5-mile, moderate hike begins at Craggy Pinnacle parking lot and extends to Craggy picnic area at Bearpen Gap.

Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Difficulty:
Moderate, 3.5 miles
Meet Time:
8:00AM
Estimated Return Time:
2:30PM
Cost: $30 for members, $50 for nonmembers

Register by adding the hike to your cart and checking out.

Rim Hike #9: Buckner’s Knob




Saturday, October 7, 2017
Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #6: Grey Eagle Rock

This strenuous 3.1 mile hike takes its name from the rock that resembles a Cherokee chief known as Grey Eagle sitting and overlooking Black Mountain. The hike begins at Black Mountain Gap off the Blue Ridge Parkway. During the trek, hikers will cross the summit of Potato Knob (6,400’). Potato Knob is the highest point in Buncombe County. To summit it, one has to endure a 1,200-foot elevation gain in one mile. In addition to being the roughest section of the Rim it features the highest elevation, most spectacular environment, and the most incredible vistas on the Swannanoa Rim.

Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Difficulty: 
Strenuous, 3.1 miles

Meet Time: 8:00AM
Estimated Return Time: 3:30PM
Cost: $30 for members, $50 for nonmembers

Register by adding the hike to your cart and checking out.


Rim Hike #6: Grey Eagle Rock




Friday, October 13, 2017
SVM Book Club: Nightwoods, by Charles Frazier
51fn8pelilOctober’s read, just in time for Halloween, is Charles Frazier’s Appalachian-noir novel, Nightwoods. Charles Frazier, the acclaimed author of Cold Mountain and Thirteen Moons, returns with a dazzling novel set in small-town North Carolina in the early 1960s. With his brilliant portrait of Luce, a young woman who inherits her murdered sister’s troubled twins, Frazier has created his most memorable heroine. Before the children, Luce was content with the reimbursements of the rich Appalachian landscape, choosing to live apart from the small community around her. But the coming of the children changes everything, cracking open her solitary life in difficult, hopeful, dangerous ways. In a lean, tight narrative, Nightwoods resonates with the timelessness of a great work of art.Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Cost: Free; Bring along a bag lunch and join other history and literature enthusiasts as you discuss themes, opinions and more!
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Saturday, October 14, 2017
Valley History Explorer Series Hike #8: North Fork

d10090_quarry_037Learn the history of the Swannanoa Valley while exploring our communities on moderate, approximately 3-mile hikes to 8 historic destinations throughout the year. This hike will explore part of Grove Stone Quarry 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 that overlooks the North Fork Valley and the Asheville Watershed/Burnett Reservoir while we learn about the history of the area.

Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Meet Time:
9:00AM
Estimated Return Time: 1:00PM
Difficulty: Moderate, 3 miles
Cost: 
$25/$35 

Before registering and paying online, please contact the Museum at 828-669-9566 or info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org to reserve your space as we are very near capacity for this hike. 


VHE Hike #8 – North Fork




Saturday, October 21, 2017
Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #10: Top of Brushy/High Top Bee Tree

Rim Hike 10 Top of BrushyIn the 1800s and early 1900s the top of Brushy was an important meeting spot for hunters. It divides the large drainages of Bee Tree Creek (Right Fork), Laurel Branch, and Sugar Fork. The high top of Bee Tree is the highest point on the Swannanoa Rim. The Bee Trees run south from the Blue Ridge Parkway to Grovemont and Swannanoa, separating the North Fork drainage from the Bee Tree Creek drainage. The Museum’s hike provides a tour of these mountains from White Oak Flats, just south of Brushy Ridge, to the gap near Eden Rock, above the Granny and Laurel Branches. 

Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Difficulty:
Difficult, 6 miles
Meet Time:
8:00AM
Estimated Return Time: 2:30PM
Cost: $30 for members, $50 for nonmembers

Register by adding the hike to your cart and checking out.

Rim Hike #10: Top of Brushy & High Top of Bee Tree




Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28, 2017
Historic Haunted House Tours at In-the-Oaks Manor House

hhhtTravel back to the 1920s on a tour of the In-the-Oaks Manor House in Black Mountain. During this evening of history and intrigue, costumed tour guides will escort guests from one lavishly decorated room to another where they will discover much about the (factual) history of the Swannanoa Valley while helping a local detective piece together clues on his quest to solve a (fictional) murder.

Details: Guided tours begin at 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tours will last approximately 2 hours. Refreshments provided. Pre-registration is required. Spaces fill up fast.

Location: In-the-Oaks Manor House 
Difficulty:
Easy; there are stairs
Cost:
 $25 for members, $35 for nonmembers

Register by adding the tour to your cart and checking out.

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Tour Times
Choose Friday or Saturday




Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Trick-or-Treat at the Haunted Museum

Bring your children to the (kid-friendly) haunted museum for some treats and old-fashioned Halloween mask making.

Free Admission!

For more information email info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org or call (828) 669-9566.


Hours:
10:00 AM until 8:00 PM

Cost: Free. Donations appreciated.


TentativeSaturday, November 4, 2017
Mountain House Hike 

Mountain House, North Fork, 1851, William Patton.The original route traveled by those ascending to the top of Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi, was through the North Fork valley via the Old Mitchell Trail. Intrepid visitors would travel by wagon to the Depot where they would rest, refuel, and continue on horseback to the Mountain House. The Museum has permission to take a small group of hikers-into the closed Asheville Watershed to hike the Old Mitchell Trail from the Depot to the Mountain House.  This day-long trips will allow hikers to experience firsthand the journey that those before them made to reach Mitchell’s peak.

Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain
Time:
 8:00AM

Difficulty: Strenuous, 6 miles – We will climb almost 2,000 (3,250 to 5,240) feet in elevation from where we start the confluence of Big Branch & Big Right Hand Fork of the Swannanoa River to Mountain House. That’s a steep climb, especially on an approximate 180-year-old rocky trail that hasn’t been kept up in 113 years.
Cost: $50 for members, $75 for nonmembers

Register by adding the hike to your cart and checking out.

Mountain House Hike




Friday, November 10, 2017
SVM Book Club: Cataloochee, by Wayne CaldwellNovember’s read will be Wayne Caldwell’s tale of the Cataloochee community, Cataloochee. Never one to pass on opportunity, Ezra Banks, an ambitious young man seeking some land of his own, arrives in Cataloochee in the 1880s. His first order of business is to marry a Carter girl, Hannah, the daughter of the valley’s largest landowner. From there Ezra’s brood grows, as do those of the Carters and the Wrights. With hard work and determination, the burgeouning community transforms wilderness into home, to be passed on through generations. But the idyll is not to last, nor to be inherited: The government takes steps to relocate folks to make room for the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and tragedy will touch one of the clans in a single, unimaginable act.Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Cost: Free; Bring along a bag lunch and join other history and literature enthusiasts as you discuss themes, opinions and more!
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Saturday, November 11, 2017
Historic North Fork Valley Tour of the Asheville Watershed – West Side

Join us on this exclusive historic driving tour of the west side of the Burnett Reservoir to explore part of the once thriving North Fork Valley community. We will begin with a talk overlooking the valley from the old clubhouse and then cross the main dam. From here, the caravan will stop for participants to view the entrance to Gombroon as well as the Gombroon wall. Following that, we will pass the Left Hand Fork Intake and head to the Dan Burnett Place. The tour will end with the ruins of Gombroon – to include the foundation, heart-shaped pool, the spring house, and the McGinnis Cabin.

Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Meet Time: 9:00 AM
Estimated Return Time:  2:00 PM

Difficulty: Moderate; There will be some walking on rough terrain. Wear sturdy hiking boots and dress for the weather. This is a rain or shine event.
Cost: $50 for members, $75 for nonmembers, $25 for children under 12
Note:  This tour takes place inside the City of Asheville watershed and is limited to only 30 participants for each tour to protect this special place.


Watershed Tour – November (West Side)




Saturday, November 18, 2017
Swannanoa Rim Hike #11: Garden of Eden

Join the museum for the final hike of the Swannanoa Rim Hike Series to the Garden of Eden. This rocky mountaintop is located one mile northwest of Lake Eden on the Swannanoa Rim. In the summer months its rocky top was famous for its sunning serpents (rattlesnakes and copperheads) and it why this segment of the rim is hiked in the winter. This loop hike begins at Camp Rockmont for Boys climbs to Cedar Cliff and the Garden of Eden and returns to Rockmont.

Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Difficulty:
Strenuous, 8 miles
Meet Time:
8:00AM
Estimated Return Time:
3:00PM
Cost: $30 for members, $50 for nonmembers

Register by adding the hike to your cart and checking out.


Rim Hike #11 – Garden of Eden




Saturday, November 18, 2017
Swannanoa Valley Hike Finishers Celebration & Hiker Reunion

Tonight we’re celebrating all those who finished the Rim Hike and Valley History Explorer Hike Series in 2017. All 2017 Hike Series finishers will receive their Rim Hike jackets and fleeces this evening. All past and present finishers and their families are welcome. We will provide dinner (pizza, salad, dessert) and non-alcoholic beverages.

Meet: Lakeview Center, Lake Tomahawk, 401 Laurel Cir Dr, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Time:
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Cost: Free for all 2017 finishers, $10 suggested donation for all others

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Friday, December 1, 2017
Holly Jolly

fireplace-2Join us tonight for Holly Jolly. Our exhibits will be open for the last time this year and we’ll have a holiday-themed craft for kids.

Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cost: Free

 

 


Saturday, December 2, 2017
Museum Closes for 2017

museum-frontVisit the Museum on the last day we’ll be open in 2017 and see our exhibits before they are replaced in 2018.

Open: 10:00am – 5:00pm

 

 


Friday, December 15, 2017
SVM Book Club: Every Leaf a Mirror: A Jim Wayne Miller Reader, edited by Morris Allen Grubbs and Mary Ellen Miller

41p2zzsw0ul-_sy344_bo1204203200_December’s read is a collection of poems and essays by Leicester (North Turkey Creek) native and grandfather of the Appalachian studies renaissance, Jim Wayne Miller, that includes excerpts from his seminal work, The Briar Poems, and a rare autobiographical essay. Highlights from the volume include touchstone poems; seminal articles; a rare autobiographical essay; a commencement address; and an excerpt from the previously unpublished short story “Truth and Fiction.” Revealing the scope and significance of Miller’s contributions as an artist and cultural scholar, this reader captures the excitement that surrounded the birth of modern Appalachian literature.

Meet:
Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711

Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Cost: Free; Bring along a bag lunch and join other history and literature enthusiasts as you discuss themes, opinions and more!
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PAST EVENTS

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Hike Interest Meeting at Swannanoa Valley Museum

Learn about the Swannanoa Rim Hike Series and Valley History Explorer Series during this free informational meeting. The meeting will provide an introduction to the program offerings, details about the individual hikes, advice for hikers, and information about our scholarships. The  Swannanoa Rim Explorer Hiking Series consist of 11 hikes that take place each month over the course of a year and will navigate the entirety of the 31-mile rim of the Swannanoa Valley. The Valley History Explorer Hiking Series offers the opportunity to revisit the past of the unique communities that make up the Swannanoa Valley through 8 moderate hikes.

Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 W. State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Time: 6:30PM
Cost: Free to attend


Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Hike Interest Meeting at Black Dome Mountain Sports

Learn about the Swannanoa Rim Hike Series and Valley History Explorer Series during this free informational meeting. The meeting will provide an introduction to the program offerings, details about the individual hikes, advice for hikers, and information about our scholarships. The  Swannanoa Rim Explorer Hiking Series consist of 11 hikes that take place each month over the course of a year and will navigate the entirety of the 31-mile rim of the Swannanoa Valley. The Valley History Explorer Hiking Series offers the opportunity to revisit the past of the unique communities that make up the Swannanoa Valley through 8 moderate hikes.

Meet: Black Dome Mountain Sports, 140 Tunnel Rd, Asheville, NC 28805
Time: 7:00PM
Cost: Free to attend


Wednesday, January 12, 2017
Hike Interest Meeting at REI Asheville

Learn about the Swannanoa Rim Hike Series and Valley History Explorer Series during this free informational meeting. The meeting will provide an introduction to the program offerings, details about the individual hikes, advice for hikers, and information about our scholarships. The  Swannanoa Rim Explorer Hiking Series consist of 11 hikes that take place each month over the course of a year and will navigate the entirety of the 31-mile rim of the Swannanoa Valley. The Valley History Explorer Hiking Series offers the opportunity to revisit the past of the unique communities that make up the Swannanoa Valley through 8 moderate hikes.

Meet: REI Asheville, Biltmore Park Town Square, 31 Schenck Pkwy, Asheville, NC 28803
Time: 7:00PM
Cost: Free to attend


Saturday, January 21, 2017
Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #2: Rhododendron Rim


This is the first hike of the 2017 Swannanoa Rim Hike Series – a sequence of 11 monthly hikes that travel 31 miles across the highest and most historic skyline in Eastern America. This hike passes through property once owned by Spanish architect Rafael Guastavino, best known for his innovative system of self-supporting arches and vaults using interlocking tiles. He retired in Black Mountain and built an eclectic estate called Rhododendron and known locally as the “Spanish Castle.”
Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Difficulty: Moderate, 4.2 miles
Meet Time: 8:00 AM
Estimated Return Time: 1:30PM
Cost: $30/$50


Saturday, January 28, 2017
Swannanoa Creek and Tunnel Hike

The museum will host a moderate winter hike down this historic path, which was used by wagons and stagecoaches bringing travelers up the mountain before the railroad was built. Though passenger train service ceased in the mid-1900s, the trains still run up and down the mountain several times a day transporting coal east and wood chips west. Hikers often view trains on the nearby tracks, and during the hike there is a good view of the eastern end of the Swannanoa Tunnel, the longest of the seven tunnels constructed up the Old Fort railroad grade. Along the way, hikers will also see the gravesites of two soldiers who lost their life during a Civil War battle.

Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Meet Time: 9:30 AM
Estimated Return Time:
Difficulty: Moderate, 4-miles
Cost: $25/$35


Friday, February 10, 2017
SVM Book Club: Corn From A Jar, by Daniel S. Pierce

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Join the Swannanoa Valley Museum Book Club in 2017 to read a list of titles that span fiction, non-fiction, poetry and prose that are related to local interest, history, and Appalachian heritage and culture. We’ll be joined at our very first meeting by local historian Dr. Daniel S. Pierce of UNC Asheville and author of Corn From A Jar: Moonshining in the Great Smoky Mountains. Dr. Pierce will help facilitate our discussion and share some history of moonshining in western North Carolina. The Museum will have some hooch-related artifacts and historic photos on display.

Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Time: 11:30 AM
Cost: Free; Bring along a bag lunch and join other history and literature enthusiasts as you discuss themes, opinions and more! 

 



Saturday, February 18, 2017 

Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #3: Cherokee Boundary

Join the museum for the next hike in the Swannanoa Rim Hike Series to the Cherokee Boundary. This difficult, four-mile long hike traverses part of the boundary between the Cherokee and American colonists, as well as the Eastern Continental Divide at the crest of the Blue Ridge Range south of Black Mountain, continuing to near the Swannanoa Gap. Following the boundary, the hike ascends to elevations between 2,600 and 3,600 feet.  Almost all of the approximately 4-mile trip (many ups and downs) will be off trail and may require bushwhacking.

Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Meet Time: 8:00AM
Estimated Return Time: 2:30PM
Difficulty: Moderate, 3.8 miles
Cost: $30/$50


Thursday, March 2, 2017
Valley History Explorer Moderate Hike Series Interest Meeting

20-DSC00103Learn about our moderate hiking series, the Valley History Explorer Series during this free informational meeting. The Valley History Explorer Hiking Series offers the opportunity to revisit the past of the unique communities that make up the Swannanoa Valley through 8 moderate hikes. The meeting will provide an introduction to the program offerings, details about the individual hikes, advice for hikers, and information about our scholarships. Register for a hike or an entire series.

Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Time: 6:30 PM
Cost: Free to attend


Friday, March 10, 2017
SVM Book Club: I am One of You Forever, by Fred Chappell1265March’s read is Fred Chappell’s 1987 novel, I am One of You Forever. Wonderfully funny and also deeply touching, I Am One of You Forever is the story of a young boy’s coming of age. Set in the hills and hollows of western North Carolina in the years around World War II, it tells of ten-year-old Jess and his family—father, mother, grandmother, foster brother, and an odd assortment of other relatives—who usher Jess into the adult world, with all its attendant joys and sorrows, knowledge and mystery.Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Time: 11:30 AM
Cost: Free; Bring along a bag lunch and join other history and literature enthusiasts as you discuss themes, opinions and more! 


Thursday, March 16, 2017
Valley History Explorer Hike #1: Buckeye Cove (Bee Tree)

cropped-Valley-History-2-Bee-Tree.jpgThis hike will explore the community of Buckeye Cove and those who complete the hike will receive credit for the “Bee Tree” hike in the series. This will be the first time the Museum has hiked in Buckeye Cove. With special permission from the Moser family, we’ll explore their mountain property. The family is distinguished in the fields of Appalachian studies and folklore for their two generations’ collection of and scholarship in mountain traditions, particularly music, storytelling and plant lore, and as long-time educators in these fields.

Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Meet Time: 9:00AM
Estimated Return Time:
Difficulty: Moderate, 3 miles
Price: $25/$35


VHE Hike #1 – Bee Tree




Saturday, March 18, 2017
Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #1 – Weatherford Heights

The hike to Weatherford Heights explores the history and geography of Y.M.C.A. Blue Ridge Assembly. The hike follows the original boundary line of the conference center’s grounds, surveyed by educator, author, and religious leader Willis Duke Weatherford in 1906. Weatherford sought a permanent location for student training sessions he arranged. When he reached the present site of Blue Ridge Assembly, between two steep forested ridges of the Swannanoa Mountains two miles from Black Mountain, he exclaimed, “Eureka, we have found it!”

Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Meet Time: 8:00AM
Estimated Return Time: 3:30PM
Difficulty:
Strenuous, 6 miles
Cost: $30/$50

Register by adding the hike to your cart and checking out.

Rim Hike #1 – Weatherford Heights




Saturday, March 25, 2017
Seven Sisters Peaks Hike

The Seven Sisters peaks are a familiar sight from Lake Tomahawk. While the Seven Sisters span an expanse of only 3.5 miles, hiking up to and across the range is a strenuous, 9-mile distance.  Along the way, hike leaders will share historical anecdotes about the peak’s nomenclature, social history, geography, and ecology. The hike will also afford several panoramic views.

This hike is recommended only for experienced hikers.

Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Meet Time: 8:00AM
Estimated Return Time: 5:00PM
Difficulty:
Strenuous, 9 miles; This will be a daylong hike across all seven peaks.

Cost: $30/$45

Before registering, please contact the Museum at 828-669-9566 or info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org. All participants must pass pre-screening by hike leader because of the difficulty of this hike.


Seven Sisters Hike




 


Thursday, March 30, 2017
New & Returning Docent Orientation

IMG_3547We’re recruiting new volunteer docents to serve 3.5 hour shifts during our opening hours. The orientation will provide an overview of docent duties and allow interested volunteers to sign up for docent shifts. The events will take place at the museum located at 223 West State Street in downtown Black Mountain. Coffee and refreshments will be served. New and returning docents and volunteers are invited to attend. For more information email volunteer@swannanoavalleymuseum.org or call (828) 669-9566 or register below.

Location:  Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Time: 10:30AM
Cost: Free, refreshments provided

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Valley History Explorer Hike #2: Montreat

cropped-Valley-History-5-Montreat.jpgLearn the history of the Swannanoa Valley while exploring our communities on moderate, approximately 3-mile hikes to 8 historic destinations throughout the year. This hike focuses on the history of Montreat, which was founded in 1897 by Rev. John Collins. The remnants of the Montreat hydroelectric facilities that were constructed in 1913 and in use until 1947 are visible on this moderate, 3-mile hike. There is an optional 3/4 mile difficult section at the end to also see the holding ponds above the campground.

Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Meet Time:
9:00AM

Estimated Return Time: 1:00PM
Difficulty:
 Moderate, 3 miles
Cost: 
$25/$35

Before registering and paying online, please contact the Museum at 828-669-9566 or info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org to reserve your space as we are very near capacity for this hike. 


VHE Hike #7 – Montreat



Saturday, April 8, 2017
Museum Reopens for the Season with New Exhibit

Guastavino Ceiling Tiles at St. Lawrence Basilica by Jim Call, JBC Photography

Today, we will reopen for the season with an exciting, new exhibit. PALACES FOR THE PEOPLE: GUASTAVINO AND AMERICA’S GREAT PUBLIC SPACES is an exhibition about noted architect Rafael Guastavino‘s life and works that opened to great acclaim in Boston, moved to Washington, D. C. and New York City, and is now mounted in Guastavino’s last home place, the town of Black Mountain. The exhibition opens April 8 and will run nine months, closing December 1, 2017.

 

Location: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Time: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Cost: Free

 

Friday, April 14, 2017
SVM Book Club: The World Made Straight, by Ron Rash

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April’s read is Ron Rash’s The World Made Straight. Travis Shelton is seventeen the summer he wanders into the woods onto private property outside his North Carolina hometown, discovers a grove of marijuana large enough to make him some serious money, and steps into the jaws of a bear trap. After hours of passing in and out of consciousness, Travis is discovered by Carlton Toomey, the wise and vicious farmer who set the trap to protect his plants, and Travis’s confrontation with the subtle evils within his rural world has begun.

Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Time: 11:30 AM
Cost: Free; Bring along a bag lunch and join other history and literature enthusiasts as you discuss themes, opinions and more! 

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Saturday, April 22, 2017
Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #4: Montreat East Ridge

Rim Hike 4 Montreat East RidgeThis difficult, 6-mile segment traverses the crest of the Blue Ridge (Continental Divide) along the eastern boundary of Montreat. Montreat was founded by Rev. John C. Collins in 1897 as a place “for physical and spiritual renewal,” and was named by combining the words “mountain” and “retreat.” The hike will include the peaks of Rocky Head, Brushy Mountain, and Boggs Bunion and will descend  to the historic Swannanoa Gap at Ridgecrest. On the way we will see remnants of the old Mt. Mitchell Railroad and Scenic Auto Road.

Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711 
Meet Time:
8:00AM
Estimated Return Time: 3:00PM
Difficulty: Difficult, 6.0 miles
Cost: $30/$50

Register by adding the hike to your cart and checking out.

Rim Hike #4: Montreat East Ridge




Saturday, April 29, 2017
Historic North Fork Valley Tour of the Asheville Watershed – East Side

Join us on this exclusive historic driving tour of the east side of the Burnett Reservoir to explore part of the once thriving North Fork Valley community. The trip stops at Sunalee Lodge, then to the home place of Champ Burnett. From there, we will drive to Colonel John Connally’s home site which has extensive ruins including two standing chimneys. The caravan will make a stop to include a short 5 -10 minute walk from the vehicles to the home sites of Will and Bart Burnett and the slave cemetery. A final stop will be made at the Right Hand Fork Intake.

Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Time: 7:30am/1:30pm
Cost: $50 members/$75 non-members/$25 children under 12

Register by adding the tour to your cart and checking out.

Watershed Tour – April (East side)
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Saturday, TBD, 2017
Grovemont Tour, America’s First Planned Community
grovemont_0031_avenue_of_homesThe tour, led by local historian, Bill Alexander, will explore the Grovemont community in Swannanoa, founded by Edwin Wiley “E.W.” Grove in the 1920s. In this community, Grove sought to recreate on the banks of the Swannanoa River the English village his grandparents had lived in. Located on a broad plateau, set against a backdrop of mountains, the idyllic residential village was to include homes, shops, a post office, library, a hotel, a country club, two lakes, and town hall, all centered on a green, linked by a web of roads and sidewalks.

Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Time: 10:00AM
Cost: $25 members/$35 nonmembers/$15 children under 12

Register by adding the tour to your cart and checking out.


Grovemont Tour





Friday, May 12, 2017
SVM Book Club: Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York, by Frank X. Walker

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This collection of persona poems tells the story of the infamous Lewis & Clark expedition from the point of view of Clark’s personal slave, York. The poems form a narrative of York’s inner and outer journey, before, during and after the expedition―a journey from slavery to freedom, from the plantation to the great northwest, from servant to soul yearning to be free. Over the course of the saga and through the poems, we are treated to subtle and overt commentaries on literacy, slavery, native Americans, buffalo, the environment, and more. 

Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Time: 11:30 AM
Cost: Free; Bring along a bag lunch and join other history and literature enthusiasts as you discuss themes, opinions and more! 

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Saturday, May 13, 2016
Valley History Explorer Hike #3: Swannanoa

SD and BillLearn the history of the Swannanoa Valley while exploring our communities on moderate, approximately 3-mile hikes to 8 historic destinations throughout the year. The next hike in the Valley History Explorer series will take hikers to see the grave of Samuel Davidson (located on private property), followed by the ruins of Alexander Farm, a boarding house, and finally on a moderate trek to the peak of Jones Mountain, where Davidson met his untimely death. For more information on Alexander Inn, click here.

Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Meet Time: 10:00AM
Estimated Return Time: 1:00PM
Cost: $25/$35


VHE Hike #3 – Swannanoa




Saturday, May 20, 2017
Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #5: Pinnacle of Blue Ridge

This will be a rewarding hike with some of the best views on the rim. However, it will be long and difficult. The hike will be a loop hike of over 8 miles and includes two strenuous ascents, two steep descents, some rock scrambling on three rocky summits, and some moderate off-trail hiking.  The return will be back to the Parkway via the Mt. Mitchell Toll Road.  Hikers will carpool from Black Mountain to the Parkway.  So, plan on an all-day hike and please bring raingear, sturdy shoes, plenty of water, a hearty lunch, and hiking sticks if you have them!

Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Meet Time:
8:00AM
Estimated Return Time: 5:00PM
Difficulty:
Strenuous, 8 miles
Cost: $30/$50

Register by adding the hike to your cart and checking out.

Rim Hike #5: Pinnacle on the Blue Ridge





Saturday, June 3, 2017 (New Date)
Old Mt. Mitchell Toll Road Caravan to Camp Alice

Join us for this popular 4-wheel drive caravan up the historic Old Toll Road to Camp Alice on Mt. Mitchell. Once a major tourist attraction, the “Old Toll Road” made the “apex of Appalachia accessible” for the cost of $1 per person. As many as 150 cars drove the road each day.  The opening of the modern, paved Blue Ridge Parkway in 1939, which provided free access to Mount Mitchell, led to the road’s closure. Today, the remnants of the former toll road remain undisturbed and the lands around it, undeveloped. We will make stops for historical presentations.

Meet: Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 East State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Meet Time: 7:30AM
Estimated Return Time: 4:00PM
Cost: $75/$100; Snacks and lunch are provided. Drivers with high-clearance 4-wheel drive vehicles who will carry 3 passengers can attend for free. Call for details.

This trip is near capacity. Please contact the Museum at 828-669-9566 before registering. We do have a need for a couple more drivers with high-clearance 4WD vehicles who can carry passengers.

Old Toll Road Caravan




Friday, June 9, 2017
SVM Book Club: A Land More Kind Than Home, by Wiley Cash

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June’s read is a novel, A Land More Kind Than Home by NC Native and UNC Asheville Alumnus Wiley Cash. In his phenomenal debut novel—a mesmerizing literary thriller about the bond between two brothers and the evil they face in a small North Carolina town—author Wiley Cash displays a remarkable talent for lyrical, powerfully emotional storytelling. A brilliant evocation of a place, a heart-rending family story, a gripping and suspenseful mystery—with A Land More Kind than Home, a major American novelist enthusiastically announces his arrival.

Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Time: 11:30 AM
Cost: Free; Bring along a bag lunch and join other history and literature enthusiasts as you discuss themes, opinions and more! 

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Saturday, June 10, 2017
Valley History Explorer Hike #4: Black Mountain (IntheOaks)

SVM House Tour (Image Credit Steven Fichtel)Join us for a historic tour of the Montreat College Athletic Campus, the former site on In-the-Oaks. We will take a short tour through the house and then walk the grounds of the former Terry Estate located on 89 wooded acres within the town of Black Mountain. Hike leader, Alan Edwards, will share the history of the Terry’s and how they came to build In-the-Oaks, the selling of the property to the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina, the second owners of the property and organizers of Camp Henry, up to Montreat College’s acquisition of the estate in 2001.

Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Meet Time: 9:00AM
Estimated Return Time: 12:30PM
Cost: 
$25/$35

Before registering and paying online, please contact the Museum at 828-669-9566 or info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org to reserve your space as we are very near capacity for this hike. 


VHE Hike #4 – Black Mountain




Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Independence Day Fireworks Hike

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This year, celebrate the Fourth of July with your family, friends, guests, and the Swannanoa Valley Museum on a 1.5-mile, moderate hike to the peak of Sunset Mountain. Here, Museum guests will enjoy an old-fashioned watermelon cutting, and then stay to watch the sun set and the fireworks explode over the town of Black Mountain. Hike leaders will share the history and vintage photographs of this most historic place over dinner. Bring a picnic, water, folding chairs, cameras, and flashlights. The Museum will provide watermelon and transport cargo to the summit.

Meet:
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 East State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Difficulty Rating: Moderate, 1.5 mile each way

Meet Time: 6:00 PM
Estimated Return Time: 11:00 PM

Cost: $35 for members, $50 for nonmembers

Please call the Museum at 828-669-9566 or email info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org before registering online as we are very near capacity for this hike. Interested participants will be added to the registration list in the order messages are received.


Independence Day Fireworks Hike




Saturday, July 8, 2017
Valley History Explorer Hike #5 – Leader’s Choice (Old Town Swannanoa)

Swannanoa was once home to a thriving downtown, known to locals as “The Station.” Bordered by the Beacon Blanket mill and the railroad tracks, Swannanoa’s downtown included cafes, grocery stores, a drug store, a bank, a movie theater, a five-and-dime, and other variety stores. Join us for a walking tour of the old downtown area and the historic buildings that were once a part of the mill town. Learn about the history of this area, and see what’s happening in the old downtown today.

Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Meet Time: 9:00AM
Estimated Return Time: 12:30PM

Cost: $25/$35

Before registering and paying online, please contact the Museum at 828-669-9566 or info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org to reserve your space as we are very near capacity for this hike. 


VHE Hike #5 – Leader’s Choice




Saturday, July 8, 2017
Corn Shuck Doll Making in the Alley

Join us in the Swannanoa Valley Museum’s “Valley in the Alley” exhibit to create your very own corn shuck doll and enjoy a summer time treat. Make your doll a traditional one, or get as creative as you’d like. When you’re finished, explore the museum!

This simple craft is appropriate for kids of all ages, especially with the help of staff and parents.

Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm. This is a free, drop-in event at the Museum.


Friday, July 14, 2017
SVM Book Club: The Education of Little Tree, by Forrest Carter

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July’s read is a novel, The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter. The Education of Little Tree tells of a boy orphaned very young, who is adopted by his Cherokee grandmother and half-Cherokee grandfather in the Appalachian mountains of Tennessee during the Great Depression. “Little Tree” as his grandparents call him is shown how to hunt and survive in the mountains, to respect nature in the Cherokee Way, taking only what is needed, leaving the rest for nature to run its course.

Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30PM
Cost: Free; Bring along a bag lunch and join other history and literature enthusiasts as you discuss themes, opinions and more! 

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Saturday, July 15, 2017
Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #7: Patton’s Table

Hikers will witness what has been described as some of the most stunning scenery on the entire 900+ mile Mountain to Sea (MTS) Trail. This hike follows the MTS Trail to top of Bearwallow Stand Ridge and includes some bushwacking to arrive at the junction of the Old Perley Crockett Railroad grade. These mountain, the Blacks, are the highest mountains in the Eastern United States and take their name from the darkly colored Fraser fir and red spruce trees that adorn their slopes. 

Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Difficulty:
Moderate/Difficult, 5.5 miles

Meet Time: 8:00AM
Estimated Return Time: 4:00PM

Cost: $30 for members, $50 for nonmembers

Register by adding the hike to your cart and checking out.


Rim Hike #7 – Patton’s Table




Friday, August 4 and Saturday, August 5, 2017
Annual Rummage Sale

Donate to the Museum’s fiscal year end Rummage Sale today! To donate items please contact Yolanda Smith at (828) 669-1679 or chicgrandma96@yahoo.com. Please do not bring donations to the museum. Gently-used household goods, kitchen items, collectibles, books, children’s toys, and furniture are appreciated. The museum is unable to accept donations of clothing or electronics. Donors will receive a tax receipt. We can arrange pick up for bulky items.

Or support the museum by visiting our Rummage Sale. This year’s sale will take place in the same location as previous years – under a large red and white tent at the corner of Padgettown Road and Old US 70 in Black Mountain and will be open:

                                  Friday, August 4 from 11:00am until 4:00pm

                                  Saturday, August 5 from 8:00am until noon


Friday, August 11, 2017
SVM Book Club: The Ballad of Tom Dooley: A Ballad Novel, by Sharon McCrumb

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Meet:
Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711

Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Cost: Free; Bring along a bag lunch and join other history and literature enthusiasts as you discuss themes, opinions and more! 

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Saturday, August 12, 2017
Valley History Explorer Series Hike #6: Ridgecrest

cropped-pointlookout.jpgLearn the history of the Swannanoa Valley while exploring our communities on moderate, approximately 3-mile hikes to 8 historic destinations throughout the year. The Ridgecrest hike will take hikers on an exploration of the Point Lookout Trail to a viewpoint overlooking the valley. Point Lookout was a popular stopping point and overlook on old U.S. 70. It was founded in the 1920s and in its heyday featured an observation platform and a restaurant. Point Lookout overlooks Royal Gorge through which Native Americans and early settlers traveled across the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Meet Time: 9:00AM
Estimated Return Time: 12:30PM
Difficulty: Moderate, 3 miles
Cost: 
$25/$35


VHE Hike #6 – Ridgecrest