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Valley History Explorer Series Hike #7: Montreat (Hydroelectric History)

September 11 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Montreat was founded in 1897 by Rev. John Collins. Today we’ll learn about Montreat’s history from Joe and Mary Standaert, who literally wrote the book on it. 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 constructed in 1913 and in use until 1947 are visible on this moderate, 2.5-mile hike.

Difficulty:  Moderate, 3.0 miles

This event is sold out for 2021. The museum hikes committee is taking a waitlist for individual hikes and will attempt to add hikers as spots are available. Please direct any inquiries to svmhikes@gmail.com. 

Updated Coronavirus Protocol:

Due to the very high percentage of fully vaccinated people on our hikes and the relaxed COVID guidelines, we will be returning to our customary hike route and transportation plans. We will now be doing one-way hikes that will require a short carpool/driver shuttle system. People in the shuttle cars should mask up and leave some windows open. **If you are uncomfortable with these arrangements, please let the hike committee know at svmhikes@gmail.com and your credits will be reserved for future hikes.** 

We will observe the following hiking procedures due to COVID:

    • Please bring a mask to the event to use during carpooling.
    • No one who is sick or running a fever should attend
    • If not vaccinated, masks should be worn in all group settings like sign-in and congregation
    • Social distancing while on the trails is recommended.


September 11
9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center


Black Mountain Savings Bank
200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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