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January 2021

Winter Workshop Full Series

January 11 @ 6:30 pm - March 8 @ 8:00 pm

Even while we're stuck inside this winter, we can still learn new skills and practices to keep our hands busy and our mouths watering! In the second annual Swannanoa Valley…

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February 2021

Winter Workshop 2 (online): Mountain Songs for the Soul

February 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

"Mountain Songs for the Soul” comes from the idea that singing traditional ballads and folk songs can strengthen us for hard times as well as help us celebrate the good…

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March 2021

Rim Hiker Orientation

March 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This event will be held online via Zoom. Registered Rim hikers will receive a zoom link ahead of time via email.

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SVM Book Club: A Conversation with Mary Othella Burnette, author of Lige of the Black Walnut Tree (online)

March 8 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Free 45 spots left

This SVM Book Club event will feature a conversation with Mary Othella Burnette, author of Lige of the Black Walnut Tree: Growing Up Black in Southern Appalachia. Read a New…

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Winter Workshop 3 (online): Art from your Yard- Natural Pigment Tempera Paint and Smash Flower Art

March 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

In this winter workshop, museum director LeAnne Johnson will teach how to make natural pigment tempera paint using egg yolk and pigments made right from your own yard. Grass for…

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SVM Book Club: Discussion of Lige of the Black Walnut Tree- Growing Up Black in Southern Appalachia (online)

March 10 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free 88 spots left

This event will be a book club discussion of Mary Othella Burnette's Lige of the Black Walnut Tree: Growing Up Black in Southern Appalachia. This event is free, but an…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #1: Weatherford Heights

March 20 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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The hike to Weatherford Heights explores the history and geography of Y.M.C.A. Blue Ridge Assembly. The hike follows the original boundary line of the conference center’s grounds, surveyed by educator, author, and religious leader Willis…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #1: Weatherford Heights

March 21 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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The hike to Weatherford Heights explores the history and geography of Y.M.C.A. Blue Ridge Assembly. The hike follows the original boundary line of the conference center’s grounds, surveyed by educator, author, and religious leader Willis…

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Historic North Fork Valley Tour of the Asheville Watershed – East

March 27 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Join us on this exclusive historic driving tour of the east side of the Burnett Reservoir to explore part of the once thriving North Fork Valley community. The trip stops at…

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VHE Hiker Orientation

March 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This event will be held online via Zoom. Registered VHE hikers will receive a zoom link ahead of time via email.

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April 2021

Valley History Explorer Hike #2: Leader’s Choice (Kitsuma)

April 10 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This hike will follow the Kitsuma Trail to a viewpoint boasting sweeping vistas of the Swannanoa Valley, including a breathtaking view of Mt. Mitchell, which is visible on clear days. Today, Ridgecrest…

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Valley History Explorer Hike #2: Leader’s Choice (Kitsuma)

April 11 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This hike will follow the Kitsuma Trail to a viewpoint boasting sweeping vistas of the Swannanoa Valley, including a breathtaking view of Mt. Mitchell, which is visible on clear days. Today, Ridgecrest…

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SVM Book Club: Moonfixer (online) by C.C. Tillery

April 12 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Free 99 spots left

From the publisher: "In the dawning years of the 20th century, Bessie Daniels leaves her home town of Hot Springs and travels east over the mountains to live with her…

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Appalachian Experience: Mounds, Towns, and Sacred Fires: The Archaeology of Resilience in the Cherokee Heartland (online)

April 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Mound and village sites like Kituwah, Nikwasi, and Cowee are prominent places in the Cherokee heartland of western North Carolina. Despite a history of encroaching development and site destruction, these…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #4: Montreat East Ridge

April 17 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This difficult, 6-mile segment traverses the crest of the Blue Ridge (Continental Divide) along the eastern boundary of Montreat. Montreat was founded by Rev. John C. Collins in 1897 as a place “for physical and…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #4: Montreat East Ridge

April 18 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This difficult, 6-mile segment traverses the crest of the Blue Ridge (Continental Divide) along the eastern boundary of Montreat. Montreat was founded by Rev. John C. Collins in 1897 as a place “for physical and…

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History Café: Julia Wolfe: Remarkable Woman of the Swannanoa Valley (online)

April 26 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am

Julia Elizabeth Westall Wolfe was born on February 16th, 1860, and grew up in the Swannanoa River Valley. Along with a life long passion of buying and selling real estate,…

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Mid-Week Wildflower Hike

April 27 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This spring, head outside and learn to identify both common and rare Appalachian wildflowers on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Led by Joe and Mary Standaert, local historians and members of the…

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May 2021

Old Toll Road 4WD Caravan to Camp Alice

May 1 @ 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Join us for this popular 4-wheel drive caravan up the historic Old Toll Road to Camp Alice on Mt. Mitchell. Once a major tourist attraction, the “Old Toll Road” made the “apex…

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History Explorers for Kids: Ancient American Indian Artifacts

May 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Black Mountain United Methodist Church, 101 Church Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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This program will encourage children to be "history detectives" as they use their observation skills to infer the uses of ancient American Indian tools and contemporary crafts made by Cherokee…

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Valley History Explorer Hike #3: Swannanoa (Davidson Grave and Alexander Farm Ruins)

May 8 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This hike will take hikers to see the grave of the first European settler west of the Blue Ridge – Samuel Davidson (located on private property),  who was killed by…

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SVM Book Club: Selu: Seeking the Corn Mother’s Wisdom by Marilou Awiakta

May 10 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Free 100 spots left

From Wikipedia: "Selu: Seeking the Corn-Mother's Wisdom is a book by Marilou Awiakta. It uses poems, essays, and drawings to explore themes of unity and diversity. Awiakta uses the Cherokee…

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Appalachian Experience: Hunting Edible/Medicinal Mushrooms (online)

May 10 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Hunting morels in the spring is a common tradition for many in our region, and a handful of other choice edible wild mushrooms are gaining in popularity. Few seem to…

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Valley History Explorer Hike #3: Swannanoa (Davidson Grave and Alexander Farm Ruins)

May 12 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Black Mountain United Methodist Church, 101 Church Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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This hike will take hikers to see the grave of the first European settler west of the Blue Ridge – Samuel Davidson (located on private property),  who was killed by…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #5: Pinnacle of the Blue Ridge

May 15 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This will be a rewarding hike with some of the best views on the rim. However, it will be long and difficult. The hike will be a loop hike of…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #5: Pinnacle of the Blue Ridge

May 16 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This will be a rewarding hike with some of the best views on the rim. However, it will be long and difficult. The hike will be a loop hike of…

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Walk Through History: “Rhododendron”- The Guastavino Estate

May 19 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Take a guided walking tour of the eleven sites on the Christmount Christian Assembly property that comprise the Guastavino Estate "Rhododendron," located in Black Mountain, NC. Get historical insight into…

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History Café: Digitizing WNC’s African-American History (online)

May 24 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am

In the Spring of 2021, teams of students in Dr. Ellen Holmes Pearson's UNC Asheville "Out of the Archives: Adventures in Digital History" class worked together to create digital history…

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June 2021

Valley History Explorer Hike #4: Black Mountain (In the Oaks)

June 12 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Join us for a historic tour of the Montreat College Athletic Campus, the former site on In-the-Oaks. We will take a short tour through the house and then walk the…

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SVM Book Club: Steel Drivin’ Man: John Henry, the Untold Story of an American Legend by Scott Reynolds Nelson

June 14 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Free 100 spots left

From the publisher: "The ballad 'John Henry' is the most recorded folk song in American history and John Henry--the mighty railroad man who could blast through rock faster than a…

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Appalachian Experience: Roots in Appalachia- Ginseng in Western North Carolina (online)

June 14 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

The harvest of wild American ginseng has been an integral part of Appalachian history and culture for over 300 years. As one of the world’s most popular herbal remedies, ginseng…

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Valley History Explorer Hike #4: Black Mountain (In the Oaks)

June 16 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Black Mountain United Methodist Church, 101 Church Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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Join us for a historic tour of the Montreat College Athletic Campus, the former site on In-the-Oaks. We will take a short tour through the house and then walk the…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #6: Grey Eagle Rock

June 19 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This strenuous 3.1 mile hike takes its name from the rock that resembles a Cherokee chief known as Grey Eagle sitting and overlooking Black Mountain. The hike begins at Black…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #6: Grey Eagle Rock

June 23 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Black Mountain United Methodist Church, 101 Church Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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This strenuous 3.1 mile hike takes its name from the rock that resembles a Cherokee chief known as Grey Eagle sitting and overlooking Black Mountain. The hike begins at Black…

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History Café: A History of Riceville (online)

June 28 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am

Bull Creek Valley was traditionally a hunting ground and, possibly, a settlement for ancestors of the Cherokee. Before the turn of the 19th century, however, it became known as Riceville…

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July 2021

Independence Day Sunset Fireworks Hike

July 4 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This year, celebrate the Fourth of July with your family, friends, guests, and the Swannanoa Valley Museum on a 1.5-mile, moderate hike to the peak of Sunset Mountain. Here, Museum…

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Valley History Explorer Hike #5: Ridgecrest (Point Lookout)

July 10 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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The moderate, 3-mile Ridgecrest hike will take hikers on the Point Lookout Trail to a viewpoint overlooking the valley. Point Lookout was a popular stopping point and overlook on old…

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History Explorers for Kids: Life on a Farmstead

July 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Black Mountain United Methodist Church, 101 Church Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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In this program, children will learn about life in the Swannanoa Valley 200 years ago, and then spend time being “history detectives” and guessing the uses of several historic artifacts.…

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SVM Book Club: My Old True Love by Sheila Kay Adams

July 12 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Free 100 spots left

From the publisher: "In tones as warm and rich as the sun shinging on his Appalachian home, Larkin Stanton sings the country ballads of his heritage. Even before he could…

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Appalachian Experience: There’s a Better Home: A Brief History of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” (online)

July 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Its refrain is inscribed on the Country Music Hall of Fame’s rotunda, it is the title of the 1972 landmark album by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and it has…

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Walk through History: Old Town Swannanoa

July 14 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Taking a guided walking of Old Town Swannanoa. Swannanoa was once home to a thriving downtown, known to locals as “The Station.” Bordered by the Beacon Blanket mill and the railroad tracks, Swannanoa’s downtown included cafes,…

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Valley History Explorers #5: Ridgecrest (Point Lookout)

July 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Black Mountain United Methodist Church, 101 Church Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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The moderate, 3-mile Ridgecrest hike will take hikers on the Point Lookout Trail to a viewpoint overlooking the valley. Point Lookout was a popular stopping point and overlook on old…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #7: Patton’s Table

July 17 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This hike will start near Clingman’s Peak and then will follow the Old Mitchell Trail to Potato Knob and Patton’s Table.  We will then follow the MTS Trail to top…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #7: Patton’s Table

July 21 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Black Mountain United Methodist Church, 101 Church Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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This hike will start near Clingman’s Peak and then will follow the Old Mitchell Trail to Potato Knob and Patton’s Table.  We will then follow the MTS Trail to top…

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History Café: 100 Years of the Black Mountain Fire House (online)

July 26 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am

This year marks the centennial of the construction of the historic Black Mountain fire house, located in downtown Black Mountain on West State Street. The fire house was constructed two years…

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August 2021

SVM Book Club: Laughter in Appalachia by Loyal Jones and Billy Edd Wheeler

August 9 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Free 100 spots left

From the publisher: "From the people of the Appalachian Mountains comes a special brand of humor: dry, colorful and earthy, aimed sometimes at the hillbilly's own foibles, but often at…

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Appalachian Experience: The 8th of August: Southern Appalachia’s Emancipation Day (online)

August 9 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

For over 150 years, communities in the Mountain South have celebrated Emancipation from slavery on or around the August 8th of the year. We'll discuss the history, spread and changing…

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Valley History Explorer Hike #6: Riceville (Rattlesnake Lodge)

August 14 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Hikers will first stop at Bull Creek Valley Overlook, overlooking the Riceville valley, to learn about the history of the community, named after Joseph Marion Rice, who settled in the…

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Valley History Explorer Hike #6: Riceville (Rattlesnake Lodge)

August 15 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Hikers will first stop at Bull Creek Valley Overlook, overlooking the Riceville valley, to learn about the history of the community, named after Joseph Marion Rice, who settled in the…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #8: Walker’s Knob

August 21 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This peak (elevation 5,482 feet) was named after North Fork’s Walker family, one of the early families to settle in the upper North Fork valley. The Walkers owned much of…

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