2018 Event Calendar

Upcoming events are listed chronologically. Registration for each event is listed directly after the event.


Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Hike Interest Meeting at Swannanoa Valley Museum

Learn about the Swannanoa Rim Hike 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 consists 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. We will briefly overview our Valley History Explorer (VHE) Hiking Series*, which 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
*For more in depth information on the VHE series please attend our interest meeting on February 27.

Register to attend the FREE Interest Meeting by clicking below.

 

 

Pay for the series by adding it to your cart and checking out.

Full Series – Rim Hikes




Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Hike Interest Meeting at REI

Learn about the Swannanoa Rim Hike 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 consists 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. We will briefly overview our Valley History Explorer (VHE) Hiking Series*, which 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
*For more in depth information on the VHE series please attend our interest meeting on February 27.

Register to attend the FREE Interest Meeting by clicking below.

 

 

Pay for the series by adding it to your cart and checking out.

Full Series – Rim Hikes




Thursday, January 11, 2018
Hike Interest Meeting at Black Dome Mountain Sports

Learn about the Swannanoa Rim Hike 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 consists 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. We will briefly overview our Valley History Explorer (VHE) Hiking Series*, which 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
*For more in depth information on the VHE series please attend our interest meeting on February 27.

Register to attend the FREE Interest Meeting by clicking below.

 

 

Pay  for the series by adding it to your cart and checking out.

Full Series – Rim Hikes




Saturday, January 20, 2018
Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #2: Rhododendron Rim


This is the first hike of the 2018 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

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Rim Hike #2: Rhododendron Rim



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Full Series – Rim Hikes




Friday, February 9, 2018
SVM Book Club: This Was My Valley, by Fred M. Burnett

Fred M. Burnett published his memoir, This Was My Valley, in 1960 to preserve the stories of the families who made their home in the valley surrounding the North Fork of the Swannanoa River for over 150 years. He begins by explaining, “A motorist speeding on US Highway No. 70 between Asheville and Black Mountain can see the high peaks that surround my valley, and until a few years ago, he could drive into it. Now my valley lies 30 to 105 feet under water. A dam at the lower end has turned the North Fork into a blue lake, and the waters it impounds are piped to Asheville. Where once half a hundred families lived and farmed and cut timber, and went to school and attended church and reared their families, now rarely a voice is heard.” Now a collectible, Burnett’s book recounts tales of his family and neighbors, his beloved hunting dogs, and the valley they loved.

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

Note: February’s read is special and has been out of print for many years. Most copies will have to be borrowed from the museum. Please contact the museum for details.

 

 


Saturday, February 10, 2018
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: 2:00 PM
Difficulty: Moderate, 4-miles
Cost: $25/$35

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Swannanoa Creek & Tunnel Hike





Saturday, February 17, 2018 

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

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

Rim Hike #3: Cherokee Boundary




Tuesday, February 27, 2018
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

Register to attend the FREE Interest Meeting by clicking below.

 

 

Pay by adding the series to your cart and checking out.

Full Series – Valley History Explorer Hikes




Friday, March 9, 2018
SVM Book Club: Welcome to Our City, by Thomas Wolfe

March’s read is the book club’s first play! From the publisher, “The action of Welcome to Our City centers on a scheme of the town fathers and real estate promoters of Altamont, a small southern city, to snatch up all the property in a centrally located black district, evict the tenants, tear down their houses and shops, and build a new white residential section in its place. When the blacks, under the angry leadership of a strong-willed doctor, resist eviction, a race riot breaks out—shattering both the precarious social balance of the city and the “progressive” dreams of Altamont’s boosters. Building on this plot, Wolfe guides his audience through the back rooms, stately homes, and shanty towns of Altamont, contrasting tradition-bound southern characters with a new breed of life drawn from the vast menagerie of 1920s Main Street America.”

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

 

 


Saturday, March 10, 2018
Valley History Explorer Hike #1: Bee Tree (Watch Knob)

cropped-Valley-History-2-Bee-Tree.jpgThis hike will explore the community of Bee Tree. The second hike in the series will take hikers on a trek to the summit of Watch Knob Mountain, near the entrance to Bee Tree, the first permanent settlement in Western North Carolina. The mountain is believed to have gotten its name from the Native Americans who would keep watch at its peak for approaching settlers. Now, residents keep an eye on the mountain for another reason – they sometimes see mysterious columns of smoke rising from its summit.

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
Price: $25/$35

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

VHE Hike #1 – Bee Tree



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Full Series – Valley History Explorer Hikes




Saturday, March 17, 2018
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 24, 2018
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 has 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.

 

 

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Seven Sisters Hike




Thursday, March 29, 2018
New & Returning Docent Orientation

IMG_3547We’re recruiting new volunteer docents to serve 3.5-hour shifts during our opening hours. Docents staff the Museum on a daily basis, greet visitors, and answer guest questions. No experience necessary. We’ll teach you all you need to know! The orientation – for both new and returning docents – will provide an overview of docent duties, a preview of our new exhibits for 2018, and allow interested volunteers to sign up for docent shifts. Coffee and refreshments will be served. For more information email volunteer@swannanoavalleymuseum.org, 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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Saturday, April 7, 2018
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.

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Old Toll Road Caravan




Friday, April 13, 2018
SVM Book Club: That Bright Land, by Terry Roberts

April’s read is That Bright Land by Terry Roberts. From the publisher, “Set in the summer of 1866, a year after the Civil War has ended, That Bright Land is the story of Jacob Ballard, a former Union soldier and spy who’s been sent south into the North Carolina mountains to find a serial killer who is carrying out his own private war in an isolated community. His journey also takes him home to the mountains where he was born. As he searches for the killer, he meets a war widow who helps him heal his own wounds and make peace with his past. Based on true events, That Bright Land paints a compelling picture of a violent and fragile nation in the wake of the Civil War.”

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

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Saturday, April 14, 2018
Valley History Explorer Hike #2: Leader’s Choice (Buckeye Cove)

This hike will explore the community of Buckeye Cove and those who complete the hike will receive credit for the “Leader’s Choice” hike in the series. 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: 1:00PM
Difficulty:
 Moderate, 3 miles
Cost: 
$25/$35

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

VHE Hike – Leader’s Choice




Saturday, April 14, 2018
Museum Reopens for the Season with New Exhibit
We will mount a major exhibit focused on interactions between Black Mountain College and the surrounding community in our main gallery. The exhibit will feature elements from an exhibit that will be mounted this fall at the Turchin Center for Visual Arts in Boone, North Carolina, including a digital timeline and two geodesic domes. Also on display will be objects from the museum’s collection as well as objects on loan from other private collections. The exhibit will run through December 2018. Location: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Time: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Cost: Admission by Donation


Saturday, April 21, 2018
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 28, 2018
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: 9:00am
Cost: $50 members/$75 non-members/$25 children under 12

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Watershed Tour – April (East side)




Friday, May 11, 2018
SVM Book Club: Pisgah National Forest, A History, by Marci Spencer

Author Marci Spencer will join us to discuss May’s read, Pisgah National Forest, A History. When George Vanderbilt constructed the Biltmore House, he hired forester Gifford Pinchot and, later, Dr. Carl A. Schenck to manage his forests. Over 80,000 of his woodland acres became the home of America’s first forestry school and the heart of the East’s first national forest formed under the Weeks Act. Now comprising more than 500,000 acres, Pisgah National Forest holds a vast history and breathtaking natural scenery. The forest sits in the heart of the southern Appalachians and includes Linville Gorge, Catawba Falls, Wilson Creek Wild and Scenic River, Roan Mountain, Max Patch, Shining Rock Wilderness and Mount Pisgah. 

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

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Saturday, May 12, 2018
Valley History Explorer Hike #3: Swannanoa (Davidson Grave & Alexander Farm Ruins)

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 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

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VHE Hike #3 – Swannanoa




Saturday, May 19, 2018
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 rain gear, 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

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Rim Hike #5: Pinnacle on the Blue Ridge




Saturday, June 2, 2018
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: Grovemont Square, 101 W Charleston Ave, Swannanoa, NC 28778
Time: 10:00AM
Estimated Return Time: 12:00PM
Cost: $25 members/$35 nonmembers/$15 children under 12

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


Grovemont Tour




Friday, June 8, 2018
SVM Book Club: Return to the Innocent Earth, by Wilma Dykeman

June’s read is Return to the Innocent Earth by Wilma Dykeman. From the publisher, “In a novel even more timely now than when it first appeared, Wilma Dykeman interweaves past and present. The Clayburn family perseveres to create a canning company in the Great Smoky Mountains of the South at the turn of the last century, while in the present, Clayburn descendant Jon struggles against cousin and company-head Stull’s amoral vision. This struggle unfolds during a crisis involving the testing of a new spray to retard growth of vegetables on the vine. Her rich variety of characters dramatizes how society and the individual can achieve a mutual understanding in the context of nature and the community.”

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

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Saturday, June 9, 2018
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
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VHE Hike #4 – Black Mountain




Saturday, June 16, 2018
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

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Rim Hike #6: Grey Eagle Rock




Wednesday, July 4, 2018
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

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Independence Day Fireworks Hike




Friday, July 13, 2018
SVM Book Club: Affrilachia, by Frank X Walker

July’s read is Frank X Walker’s seminal collection of poems, Affrilachia. From the publisher, “Frank X Walker’s path-breaking book of poems Affrilachia is a classic of Appalachian and African-American literature. Walker created the word “Affrilachia” to help make visible the experience of African-Americans living in the rural and Appalachian South. The book is widely used in classrooms and is one of the foundational works of the Affrilachian Poets, a community of writers offering fresh ways to think about diversity in the Appalachian region and beyond.”

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

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Saturday, July 14, 2018
Valley History Explorer Hike #5 – Ridgecrest (Point Lookout)

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 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 also 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

Cost: $25/$35

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VHE Hike – Ridgecrest




Saturday, July 21, 2018
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 3 and Saturday, August 4, 2018
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 3 from 11:00am until 4:00pm

                                  Saturday, August 4 from 8:00am until noon


Friday, August 10, 2018
SVM Book Club: No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie P. Watts

August’s read is No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts. From the Publisher, “The Great Gatsby brilliantly recast in the contemporary South: a powerful first novel about an extended African-American family and their colliding visions of the American Dream. JJ Ferguson has returned home to Pinewood, North Carolina to build his dream home and to woo his high school sweetheart, Ava. But he finds that the people he once knew and loved have changed, just as he has. Ava is now married, and wants a baby more than anything. The decline of the town’s once-thriving furniture industry has made Ava’s husband Henry grow distant and frustrated. Ava’s mother Sylvia has put her own life on hold as she caters to and meddles with those around her, trying to fill the void left by her absent son. And Don, Sylvia’s undeserving but charming husband, just won’t stop hanging around.”

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

Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Cost: Free; Join other history and literature enthusiasts as you discuss themes, opinions and more! 

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Saturday, August 11, 2018
Valley History Explorer Series Hike #6: Riceville (Rattlesnake)

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: 12:30PM
Difficulty: Moderate, 3 miles
Cost: 
$25/$35

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VHE Hike – Riceville




Saturday, August 18, 2018
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

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Rim Hike #8: Walker Knob




Saturday, September 8, 2018
Valley History Explorer Hike #7: North Fork (Grove Stone)

Learn 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 into the quarry 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
Cost: $25/$35

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VHE Hike – North Fork




Friday, September 14, 2018
SVM Book Club: The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash

September’s read is The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash. From the Publisher, “The New York Times bestselling author of the celebrated A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy returns with this eagerly awaited new novel, set in the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina in 1929 and inspired by actual events. The chronicle of an ordinary woman’s struggle for dignity and her rights in a textile mill, The Last Ballad is a moving tale of courage in the face of oppression and injustice, with the emotional power of Ron Rash’s Serena, Dennis Lehane’s The Given Day, and the unforgettable films Norma Rae and Silkwood.”


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

Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Cost: Free; Join other history and literature enthusiasts as you discuss themes, opinions and more! 

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Saturday, September 15, 2018
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

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Rim Hike #9: Buckner’s Knob




Friday, October 12, 2018
SVM Book Club: Jacksonland, by Steven Inskeep

October’s read is Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Chief John Ross and the Great American Land Grab by Steve Inskeep, host of NPR’s Morning Edition. From the publisher, “Jacksonland is the thrilling narrative history of two men—President Andrew Jackson and Cherokee chief John Ross—who led their respective nations at a crossroads of American history. Five decades after the Revolutionary War, the United States approached a constitutional crisis. At its center stood two former military comrades locked in a struggle that tested the boundaries of our fledgling democracy. Jacksonland is their story.”

Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Cost: Free; Join other history and literature enthusiasts as you discuss themes, opinions and more!
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Saturday, October 13, 2018
Valley History Explorer Series Hike #8: Montreat (Hydroelectric)

Learn 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 

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VHE Hike – Montreat




Saturday, October 20, 2018
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 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

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




Saturday, November 3, 2018
Top of Brushy Hike 

More details to come soon!

Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain
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Estimated Return Time:

Difficulty:
Cost: $50 for members, $75 for nonmembers


Friday, November 9, 2018
SVM Book Club: The Road, by John Ehle

November’s read is The Road by John Ehle. From the publisher, “Originally published in 1967, The Road is epic historical fiction at its best. At the novel’s center is Weatherby Wright, a railroad builder who launches an ambitious plan to link the highlands of western North Carolina with the East. As a native of the region, Wright knows what his railway will mean to the impoverished settlers. But to accomplish his grand undertaking he must conquer Sow Mountain, a massive monolith of earth, rock, vegetation and water, an elaborate series of ridges which built on one another to the top. Wright’s struggle to construct the railroad—which requires tall trestles crossing deep ravines and seven tunnels blasted through shale and granite—proves to be much more than an engineering challenge. How Wright confronts these challenges and how the mountain people respond to the changes the railroad brings to their lives make for powerfully compelling reading.”

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 10, 2018
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.

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Watershed Tour – November (West Side)




Saturday, November 17, 2018
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

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Rim Hike #11 – Garden of Eden




Saturday, November 17, 2018
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 2018. All 2018 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, November 30, 2018
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 1, 2018
Museum Closes for the Season

museum-frontVisit the Museum on the last day we’ll be open in 2018 and see our exhibits before they are replaced in 2019.

Open: 10:00am – 5:00pm

 

 


Friday, December 14, 2018
SVM Book Club: Bloodroot: Reflections on Time and Place, edited by Joyce Dyer
December’s read is Bloodroot: Reflections on Time and Place by Appalachian WomenWriters edited by Joyce Dyer. Kirkus reviews said, “A broad sampling of deeply impressive writings–essays, memoirs, poetry, letters, stories by women from the Southern Highlands. If the word Appalachia conjures little more for you than mining disasters and Walker Evans photos, turn these pages and discover the remarkable storytelling tradition that flourished there, and thrives still. Every one of these 35 pieces goes down smooth as a glass of Georgia peach, even when it bites. A few of the names of the contributors will be familiar Nikki Giovanni and Gail Godwin, Jayne Anne Phillips, whose offering is a terrific out-of-time remembrance of her hometown, circa 1962, but most of the women here (all were born in the 20th century) have toiled long and hard, often in obscurity, their love of words keeping the storytelling art alive and high art it is.”

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

Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Cost: Free; Join other history and literature enthusiasts as you discuss themes, opinions and more!
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