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September 2018

Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #9: Buckner’s Knob

September 29 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$30 – $50 3 tickets left

Buckner’s Knob was the original name given to today’s Craggy Pinnacle, named after the Buckner family, one of the early families to settle on the Barnardsville side of the Craggies. The Flats of Craggy were the spot where the boys from North Fork side of the Craggies and those from the Barnardsville side would meet for…

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October 2018

Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #7: Patton’s Table

October 6 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$30 – $50 Sold out

Hikers will witness what has been described as some of the most stunning scenery on the entire 900+ mile Mountain to Sea (MTS) Trail. This hike follows the MTS Trail to top of Bearwallow Stand Ridge and includes some bushwacking to arrive at the junction of the Old Perley-Crockett Railroad grade. These mountain, the Blacks,…

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Book Club: Jacksonland

October 12 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

October’s read is Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Chief John Ross and the Great American Land Grab by Steve Inskeep, host of NPR’s Morning Edition. From the publisher, “Jacksonland is the thrilling narrative history of two men—President Andrew Jackson and Cherokee chief John Ross—who led their respective nations at a crossroads of American history. Five decades after the…

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Valley History Explorer Series Hike #8: Montreat (Hydroelectric History)

October 13 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$25 – $35 Sold out

Learn the history of the Swannanoa Valley while exploring our communities on moderate, approximately 3-mile hikes to 8 historic destinations throughout the year. 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…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #10: Top of Brushy/High Top of Bee Tree

October 20 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$30 – $50 Sold out

In the 1800s and early 1900s the top of Brushy was an important meeting spot for hunters. It divides the large drainages of Bee Tree Creek (Right Fork), Laurel Branch, and Sugar Fork. The Bee Trees run south from the Blue Ridge Parkway to Grovemont and Swannanoa, separating the North Fork drainage from the Bee Tree…

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Historic Haunted House Tours – Downtown Black Mountain

October 26 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The Swannanoa Valley Museum’s annual Historic Haunted House Tour will, this year, celebrate Black Mountain’s 125th birthday with a walking tour of downtown Black Mountain. Tour Times: 5:30PM, 6:00PM, 6:30PM, 7:00PM, 7:30PM, 8:00PM Distance: less than 1 mile on sidewalks Approximate Tour Time: 2 hours Pre-registration is required. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your tour…

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Historic Haunted House Tours – Downtown Black Mountain

October 27 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The Swannanoa Valley Museum’s annual Historic Haunted House Tour will, this year, celebrate Black Mountain’s 125th birthday with a walking tour of downtown Black Mountain. Tour Times: 5:30PM, 6:00PM, 6:30PM, 7:00PM, 7:30PM, 8:00PM Distance: less than 1 mile on sidewalks Approximate Tour Time: 2 hours Pre-registration is required. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your tour…

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November 2018

Seven Sisters Peaks Hike

November 3 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$30 – $45

The Seven Sisters peaks are a familiar sight from Lake Tomahawk. While the Seven Sisters span an expanse of only 3.5 miles, hiking up to and across the range is a strenuous, 9-mile distance.  Along the way, hike leaders will share historical anecdotes about the peak’s nomenclature, social history, geography, and ecology. The hike has several panoramic views. This…

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Book Club: The Road

November 9 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

November’s read is The Road by John Ehle. From the publisher, “Originally published in 1967, The Road is epic historical fiction at its best. At the novel’s center is Weatherby Wright, a railroad builder who launches an ambitious plan to link the highlands of western North Carolina with the East. As a native of the…

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Historic North Fork Valley Tour of the Asheville Watershed – West Side

November 10 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$25 – $75

Join us on this exclusive historic driving tour of the west side of the Burnett Reservoir to explore part of the once thriving North Fork Valley community. We will begin with a talk overlooking the valley from the old clubhouse and then cross the main dam. From here, the caravan will stop for participants to view…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #11: Garden of Eden

November 17 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$30 – $50 Sold out

Join the museum for the final hike of the Swannanoa Rim Hike Series to the Garden of Eden. This rocky mountaintop is located one mile northwest of Lake Eden on the Swannanoa Rim. In the summer months its rocky top was famous for its sunning serpents (rattlesnakes and copperheads) and it why this segment of…

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Swannanoa Valley Hike Finishers Celebration & Hiker Reunion

November 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
White Horse Black Mountain, 105 Montreat Road
Black Mountain, North Carolina 28711
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Free – $10

Tonight we’re celebrating all those who finished the Rim Hike and Valley History Explorer Hike Series in 2018. All 2018 Hike Series finishers will receive their Rim Hike jackets and fleeces this evening. All past and present finishers and their families are welcome. We will provide dinner (pizza, salad, dessert). Drinks are available for purchase…

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December 2018

Book Club: Bloodroot

December 14 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

December’s read is Bloodroot: Reflections on Time and Place by Appalachian Women Writers edited by Joyce Dyer. Kirkus reviews said, “A broad sampling of deeply impressive writings–essays, memoirs, poetry, letters, stories by women from the Southern Highlands. If the word Appalachia conjures little more for you than mining disasters and Walker Evans photos, turn these pages and…

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January 2019

Swannanoa Valley Rim Explorer Hiking Series

January 19, 2019 @ 8:00 am - November 16, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$280

The Swannanoa Valley Museum’s exclusive SWANNANOA VALLEY RIM EXPLORER™ HIKING SERIES offers 11 hikes that take place the 3rd Saturday of the month. Each hike covers a portion of the approximately 31 miles of the Swannanoa Rim, which runs from Jesse’s High Top, across Lakey Gap, over Ridgecrest and Montreat, up to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and…

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March 2019

Valley History Explorer Hiking Series

March 9, 2019 @ 9:00 am - October 12, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$175

The Museum’s VALLEY HISTORY EXPLORER HIKING SERIES consists of 8 hikes to historic locations around the Swannanoa Valley, one in each of our communities. This series has been developed to introduce the significant history of the region to visitors and residents of the Swannanoa Valley through moderate, approximately 3-mile hikes to historic locations. More information... Hikes will occur…

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