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July 2018

Black Mountain College and Black Mountain, NC Exhibit

July 1 - December 31
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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A brand-new exhibition, which seeks to dispel the myth that the college rarely interacted with the surrounding community is on display now through the end of November. Put together in partnership with Appalachian State University, this exhibition features elements from the university’s Black Mountain College semester as well as from the Turchin Center for Visual Arts…

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NC Digs! Traveling Exhibit

July 10 - August 5
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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The traveling exhibit “NC Digs!” and artifacts from the Berry Site located in Burke County will be on display from July 9 to August 4. Hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. “NC Digs!” highlights five different types of archaeological sites found across North Carolina: Native American, Battlefield, Plantation, Trash Pit, and…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #7: Patton’s Table

July 21 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$30 – $50 Sold out

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,…

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Be an Archaeologist!

July 28 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free 15 spots left

Join us for a guided activity session, “Be an Archaeologist,” which allows participants a chance to become archaeologist by searching for reproduction artifacts, and then studying, measuring, and cataloging them to try to determine what life was like in the past. The free event is part of the traveling exhibit, NCDigs!, on display at the…

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August 2018

Annual Rummage Sale Fundraiser

August 3 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
corner of Padgettown Road and Old US 70 Black Mountain, North Carolina 28711 + Google Map

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…

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Annual Rummage Sale Fundraiser

August 4 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
corner of Padgettown Road and Old US 70 Black Mountain, North Carolina 28711 + Google Map

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…

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Book Club: No One is Coming to Save Us

August 10 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

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…

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Valley History Explorer Series Hike #6: Riceville (Rattlesnake Lodge)

August 11 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free – $35 Sold out

Use the RSVP button to be added to the WAITLIST. 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…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #8: Walker’s Knob

August 18 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free – $50 Sold out

Use the RSVP button to be added to the WAITLIST. 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. The Walkers owned much of the land and were engaged in timber and logging. Along this trail are giant hemlocks,…

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September 2018

Valley History Explorer Hike #7: North Fork (Grove Stone)

September 8 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free – $35 Sold out

Use the RSVP button to be added to the WAITLIST. This 3-mile, moderate 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…

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Book Club: The Last Ballad

September 14 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

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.…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #9: Buckner’s Knob

September 15 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free – $50 Sold out

Use the RSVP button to be added to the WAITLIST. 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…

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October 2018

Book Club: Jacksonland

October 12 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

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…

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Valley History Explorer Series Hike #8: Montreat (Hydroelectric History)

October 13 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free – $35 Sold out

Use the RSVP button to be added to the WAITLIST. 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…

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

October 20 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free – $50 Sold out

Use the RSVP button to be added to the WAITLIST. 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 Bee Trees run south from the Blue Ridge Parkway to Grovemont and…

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Historic Haunted House Tours – Downtown Black Mountain

October 26 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

This year, the 125th anniversary of the Town of Black Mountain, we'll be exploring our historic downtown on a haunted walking tour. Guides will lead small groups on a less than one mile tour of some of Black Mountain's most historic (and possibly haunted) buildings. Costumed actors will entertain guests at each lavishly decorated stop…

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Historic Haunted House Tours – Downtown Black Mountain

October 27 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

This year, the 125th anniversary of the Town of Black Mountain, we'll be exploring our historic downtown on a haunted walking tour. Guides will lead small groups on a less than one mile tour of some of Black Mountain's most historic (and possibly haunted) buildings. Costumed actors will entertain guests at each lavishly decorated stop…

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November 2018

Seven Sisters Peaks Hike

November 3 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$30 – $45

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…

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Book Club: The Road

November 9 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

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…

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

November 10 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$25 – $75

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…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #11: Garden of Eden

November 17 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free – $50 Sold out

Use the RSVP button to be added to the WAITLIST. 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…

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Swannanoa Valley Hike Finishers Celebration & Hiker Reunion

November 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
White Horse Black Mountain, 105 Montreat Road
Black Mountain, North Carolina 28711
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Free – $10

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). Drinks are available for purchase…

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December 2018

Book Club: Bloodroot

December 14 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

December’s read is Bloodroot: Reflections on Time and Place by Appalachian Women Writers 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…

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January 2019

Swannanoa Valley Rim Explorer Hiking Series

January 19, 2019 @ 8:00 am - November 16, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$280

The Swannanoa Valley Museum’s exclusive SWANNANOA VALLEY RIM EXPLORER™ HIKING SERIES offers 11 hikes that take place the 3rd Saturday of the month. Each hike covers a portion of the approximately 31 miles of the Swannanoa Rim, which runs from Jesse’s High Top, across Lakey Gap, over Ridgecrest and Montreat, up to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and…

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March 2019

Valley History Explorer Hiking Series

March 9, 2019 @ 9:00 am - October 12, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$175

The Museum’s VALLEY HISTORY EXPLORER HIKING SERIES consists of 8 hikes to historic locations around the Swannanoa Valley, one in each of our communities. This series has been developed to introduce the significant history of the region to visitors and residents of the Swannanoa Valley through moderate, approximately 3-mile hikes to historic locations. More information... Hikes will occur…

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