a history museum and archive

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We are the primary museum of general local history in Buncombe County. We mount at least one major temporary exhibition annually and continually enhance our permanent Swannanoa Valley history exhibit.

Hours and Admission

  Museum Hours:   March – December Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm January – February Saturday  10am – 5pm   COVID-19 Visiting Policy Masks are not required, but feel …


223 West State Street, Black Mountain

We are located in a former fire house, designed and built in 1921 by Richard Sharp Smith, supervising architect at the Biltmore Estate.

Contact Us

223 West State Street (physical)
PO Box 306 (mailing)
Black Mountain, NC 28711

(828) 669-9566

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History@Home 15: WNC Expansion 1784

  Many Whites passed through the northwestern mountains and became permanent residents of the Watauga settlements (now in Tennessee) in the 1770s. By 1784 the earliest known permanent White settlers …

History At Home: Pollinator Garden

A pollinator garden is planted with pollinating insects in mind. Nectar and pollen producing plants attract pollinating insects known as pollinators. Pollinator gardens should provide the following types of plants, …