Scroll down to see the museum’s 2016 events. Most events require pre-registration. Register for events via Paypal. Email the museum at info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org or call (828) 669-9566 with any questions.


Saturday, June 4, 2016

swannanoaOld Town Swannanoa Tour

The tour, led by local historian, Bill Alexander, will explore the area that was once part of the mill town that surrounded Beacon Manufacturing in downtown Swannanoa.

Swannanoa remained primarily a rural, farming community until the late 1870s. When the railroad was finally completed in 1879, after being stalled by the Civil War and by the difficulty of laying track up the steep grade from Old Fort to Black Mountain, it connected the western part of North Carolina with the eastern part, and new businesses began to spring up near the railroad station.

Then, at the beginning of the 20th century, Charles D. Owen II, the son of a blanket manufacturer from Massachusetts, saw a 160-acre farm beside Swannanoa’s railroad tracks that was well suited for a new southern branch of the Beacon Blankets Manufacturing Company. Between 1924 and 1933, the entire New Bedford, Massachusetts, plant was moved via freight train to Swannanoa. Once the plant began operations, the Owen family provided housing in mill villages, paved roadways, water lines, sanitation services, and fire and police protection to their employees. Beacon also more fully developed the downtown Swannanoa business district, and during the early years of the mill a grocery and general merchandise store, a drugstore, clothing stores, a movie theatre, and a bank opened.

Meet: parking lot directly across from the First Baptist Church of Swannanoa, 503 Park Street, Swannanoa, NC 28778
Difficulty Rating: Easy, walking tour on paved, level ground
Price: $20 members, $30 nonmembers

Registration: Call 828-669-9566, email info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org, or sign up online below.


Old Town Swannanoa Tour



Saturday, June 11, 2016

SVM House Tour (Image Credit Steven Fichtel)Valley History Explorer Hike #4: Black Mountain

Learn the history of the Swannanoa Valley while exploring our communities on moderate, approximately 3-mile hikes to 7 historic destinations throughout the year.

Join us for a historic tour of the Montreat College Athletic Campus, the former site on In-the-Oaks. We will 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: Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E. State Street
Difficulty Rating: Moderate, 3 miles
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Price: $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers
Pack List: Please bring a bag lunch and plenty of water along with your hiking gear.
Registration: Call 828-669-9566, email info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org, or pay below.


7 Valley History Explorer Hikes



One Valley History Explorer Hike
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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #6: Grey Eagle Rock

The final mile will be along the historic roadbed that was initially built to the summit of Clingman’s Peak, 71 years ago. The toughest part of the entire trip will be the steep ascent up the historic southeast face of Potato Knob. 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 entire Swannanoa Rim.

Difficulty Rating: Strenuous, 3.1 miles
Start Time: 8:00 AM
Price: $30 for members, $50 for nonmembers


One Rim Hike
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Monday, July 4, 2016

july 4th 2014Independence Day Fireworks Hike

This hike is a perennial favorite for families and visiting friends! Celebrate the 4th of July with a moderate hike, and then view the sunset and Black Mountain’s fireworks display from the peak of Sunset Mountain. Bring a picnic, water, folding chairs, cameras, and flashlights. Dress for inclement and chilly weather. The museum will provide watermelon and transport cargo to the summit.

Difficulty Rating: Easy/Moderate, 1.5 mile
Start Time: 6:00 PM
Price: $35 for members, $50 for nonmembers

Advanced registration is required. Consider joining the museum as a member for reduced prices all year.


Independence Day Fireworks Hike



 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #6: 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 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.

Difficulty Rating: Moderate,/Difficult, 5.3 miles
Start Time: 8:00 AM
Price: $30 for members, $50 for nonmembers


One Rim Hike
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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Annual Rummage Sale

Support the museum by visiting our Rummage Sale starting at 8:00 am. The tent is located at the corner of Padgettown Road and Old US 70, Black Mountain, North Carolina.

Volunteers are needed to help with set-up starting at noon on Friday, August 5. If you would like to volunteer or to donate items, please contact Yolanda Smith at (828) 669-1679.

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.


 

Saturday, August 6, 2016


watch knobValley History Explorer Series Hike #5: 
Bee Tree

Learn the history of the Swannanoa Valley while exploring our communities on moderate, approximately 3-mile hikes to 7 historic destinations throughout the year. This year we will explore Crib Rock.

Difficulty Rating: Moderate, 3 miles
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Price: $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers
Pack List: Please bring a bag lunch and plenty of water along with your hiking gear.
Registration: Call 828-669-9566, email info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org, or pay below.


One Valley History Explorer Hike
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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Rim Hike 8 Walker's KnobSwannanoa Valley Rim Hike #8 – Walker’s Knob


This 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. They owned much of the land and were engaged in timber and logging. This 4-mile, moderate hike begins at Balsam Gap and extends to Greybeard Overlook on Blue Ridge Parkway.

Difficulty Rating: Moderate, 3.8 miles
Start Time: 8:00 AM
Price: $30 for members, $50 for nonmembers


One Rim Hike
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Saturday, September 10, 2016

point_lookoutValley History Explorer Hike #6: 
Ridgecrest

Learn the history of the Swannanoa Valley while exploring our communities on moderate, approximately 3-mile hikes to 7 historic destinations throughout the year.

This hike will take place on the Point Lookout Greenway, what used to be Central Highway, later US 70., which followed winding route over the mountains, a path that included 98 curves. A welcome rest stop along the way was Point Lookout, a tourist attraction with a fantastic view of the Royal Gorge. Travelers could buy a soft drink for a nickel and a hot dog for a dime. A special attraction of the place was a bear named Sally, who entertained visitors by downing a bottle of her favorite drink, orange soda. The hike will also include history of the railroad built up the grade between Old Fort and Black Mountain as well as views of several tunnels.

Difficulty Rating: Moderate, 3 miles
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Price: $20 members, $30 nonmembers


One Valley History Explorer Hike
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Saturday, September 17, 2016

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. This 3.5-mile, moderate hike begins at Craggy Pinnacle parking lot and extends to Craggy picnic area at Bearpen Gap.


Difficulty Rating:
Moderate, 3.5 miles

Start Time: 8:00 AM
Price: $30 for members, $50 for nonmembers


One Rim Hike
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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Mitchell FallsMitchell Falls Hike

Today, the Museum will host a 6.5-mile hike on a private land preserve, with permission of the owners, to what is now known as Mitchell Falls. This is the site where Dr. Elisha Mitchell fell to his death while trying to prove the mountain that now bears his name is the highest in Eastern North America. The hike is moderate, with a steep descent into the falls themselves.

Difficulty: Moderate, 6.5 miles
Cost: $35 for members, $50 for nonmembers.

Call (828) 669-9566, email info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org, or sign up online below to register.

 


Mitchell Falls Hike




Saturday, October 8, 2016

north forkValley History Explorer Series Hike #7: North Fork

Learn the history of the Swannanoa Valley while exploring our communities on moderate, approximately 3-mile hikes to 7 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.

Difficulty Rating: Moderate, 3 miles
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Price: $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers
Pack List: Please bring a bag lunch and plenty of water along with your hiking gear.
Registration: Call 828-669-9566, email info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org, or pay below.


One Valley History Explorer Hike
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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Rim Hike 10 Top of BrushySwannanoa Valley Rim Hike #10: Top of Brushy/High Top Bee Tree

In 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. This approximately 6-mile, difficult hike begins at Laurel Ridge youth camp and extends to Laurel Ridge water tank.

Pre-registration is required by emailing info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org, calling (828) 669-9566, or paying below.

Difficulty Rating: Difficult, 6 miles
Start Time: 8:00 AM
Price: $30 for members, $50 for nonmembers


One Rim Hike
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Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29, 2016

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Historic Haunted House Tour – Round Knob Lodge

This year we will hold our 5th annual Historic Haunted House Tour at Round Knob Lodge. We invite you to experience this entrancing spectacle. The tours are led by historic interpreters dressed in period attire and each room includes historical reenactors.  The event also features live music and exhibits of photographs, objects, and ephemera from the museum collection. Feel free to come dressed for the occasion and celebrate Halloween with the museum!

This year’s Historic Haunted House Tours will feature the privately-owned Round Knob Lodge and grounds. In 2016 our state celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Mt. Mitchell State Park. Mt. Mitchell and the state park are extremely important in the history of the Swannanoa Valley and that importance can be tied closely to the arrival of the railroad.  In the 1870’s Round Knob Lodge was a key witness to the completion of the railroad across the steep mountains between Old Fort and Ridgecrest.  The job was done with convict labor, dangerous nitroglycerin, incredible determination, extraordinary engineering, and the loss many lives.  This year’s tour will focus on how the railroad was built and the dynamic changes it brought to our valley. 

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. Pre-registration is required. Spaces fill up fast. 

Difficulty Rating: Easy
Price: $25 members, $35 non-members


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Tour Times
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Monday, October 31, 2016

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. Enjoy a last look around the museum before we close for the season.

Free Admission All Day!

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

Hours: 10:00AM until 8:00PM
Price: Free. Donations appreciated.





Friday, November 4 or Saturday, November 5, 2016

Mountain House, North Fork, 1851, William Patton.Mountain House Hike 

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. To celebrate Mt. Mitchell State Park’s centennial, this year the Museum has permission to take two small groups of hikers–one group on Friday, November 4 and the other on Saturday, November 5–into the closed Asheville Watershed to hike the Old Mitchell Trail from the Depot to the Mountain House.  These day-long trips will allow hikers to experience firsthand the journey that those before them made to reach Mitchell’s peak.

 Start Time: 8:00AM
Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain
Difficulty: Strenuous, 5 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.

Price: $50 for members, $75 for nonmembers

To Register: Email info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org, call (828) 669-9566, or pay online below.

Mountain House Hike
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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Historic North Fork Valley Tour of the Asheville Watershed – West Side

As part of our celebration of the centennial of Mt. Mitchell State Park 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. This tour takes place inside the City of Asheville watershed and is limited to only 25 participants for each tour to protect this special place.

The trip on the west side of the watershed will begin with a talk overlooking the valley from the old clubhouse and then cross the main dam. It will continue to a second stop at the Judge Lancaster Bailey Law School. 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.

There will be some walking on rough terrain. Wear sturdy hiking boots and dress for the weather. This is a rain or shine event.

Pre-registration required and limited to only 25 participants for each tour. Email info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org, call (828) 669-9566, or sign up online below for tickets.

Difficulty: Moderate
Price: $50 for members, $75 for nonmembers, $25 for children under 12

Start Time: 7:30 AM & 1:30 PM


Watershed Tour
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Saturday, November 19, 2016

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.

Difficulty Rating: Strenuous, 8 miles
Start Time: 8:00 AM
Price: $30 for members, $50 for nonmembers


Single Rim Hike
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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Swannanoa Creek and Tunnel Hike

The museum will host a moderate winter hike down this historic path, which was also used as a Native American trade route and later by General Rutherford as he moved into the Swannanoa Valley and further west burning Indian settlements.

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.

This 4-mile moderate hike is mostly downhill and starts at Swannanoa Gap near Ridgecrest. Though it follows the old stagecoach road, the road has deteriorated over the last century and is very rough and rocky in places. Hikers should come equipped with study hiking shoes and hiking poles for added stability.

To register please call (828) 669-9566, email info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org, or sign up online below.

Time: 9:30 AM
Difficulty: Moderate, 4-miles


Swannanoa Creek & Tunnel Hike



Saturday, December 10, 2016 (Rescheduled from Jan. 23)

Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #1 –
Weatherford Heights
(Jesse’s High Top to Route 9)

This is the first hike of the 2016 Swannanoa Rim Hike Series- a sequence of 11 monthly hikes that travel 31 miles across the highest and most historic skyline in Eastern America. The hike to Weatherford Heights explores the history and geography of Y.M.C.A. Blue Ridge Assembly near Black Mountain, NC. The strenuous, six-mile long hike follows the original boundary line of the conference center’s grounds, surveyed by educator, author, and religious leader Willis Duke Weatherford in 1906.

Difficulty Rating: Strenuous, 6 miles
Start Time: 8:00 AM at the Black Mountain Savings Bank parking lot
Price: $30 for members, $50 for nonmembers

 


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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Swannanoa Valley Hike Finishers Celebration

Tonight we’re celebrating all those who finished the Rim Hike and Moderate Hike series in 2015. All 2015 Rim Hike finishers will receive their Rim Hike jackets this evening. All past and present finishers and their families are welcome. We will provide dinner, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Start Time: 5:00 PM
Price: Free for all 2015 finishers, $10 suggested donation for all others


Hike Finishers Celebration Donation