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

Open by appointment only.

Admission by Donation,
Suggested $5.00
Members, Students, and Children Free.


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

Swannanoa, 1938

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History@Home: Whirligig

Episode 2: Toys of the Past Part 1Whirligig:The whirligig is a simple toy consisting of a flat disc with two centralholes. When a string is threaded through the holes, twisted …