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 …
a history museum and archive
More About Us
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
The museum will reopen during Phase III of Governor Cooper’s Reopening Plan.
Admission by Donation,
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.
223 West State Street (physical)
PO Box 306 (mailing)
Black Mountain, NC 28711
From our blog
There are many different kinds of rocks that can be found throughout the Swannanoa Valley. These rocks represent the history of how the Swannanoa Valley was formed over the centuries. …
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, …