Buncombe County's primary museum of general, local history

We offer hikes, tours, exhibitions, and educational programming for adults and children.

Visit

Visit

Located at 223 W State St. in Black Mountain, we are open only by appointment over the winter. We will reopen daily mid-April 2019.

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Historic Hikes & Tours

Historic Hikes & Tours

Our year-around hikes and events provide an experiential way to learn about the cultural and natural history of the Valley while making friends.

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Support

Support

We are the largest membership organization in eastern Buncombe County. Our members receive significant discounts on our hikes and events.

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We’ll reopen on Saturday, April 13, 2019 with a brand-new exhibition on Beacon Manufacturing Company in Swannanoa.

Screened at the Lyric Theater on October 25 and 26, 1938
The Swannanoa footage features the Beacon Mill, businesses on Whitson Ave, and school children outside the old Swannanoa school. Studio photographer Herbert Lee Waters supplemented his income from 1936 to 1942 by traveling across North Carolina and parts of Virginia, Tennessee, and South Carolina to film the people of small communities. He collaborated with local movie theaters to screen his films, which he called Movies of Local People. As a filmmaker, Waters produced 252 films across 118 communities.