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January 2020

Registration: Valley History Explorer Hiking Series

January 2 @ 10:30 am - March 14 @ 9:00 am
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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NEW, FULL SERIES HIKERS: On January 2, 2020, online (credit card) registration for the 2020 Valley History Explorer Series will open up for 25 new hikers at 10:30am on Eventbrite.…

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February 2020

Historic Swannanoa Creek Hike

February 8 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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The museum will host a difficult/strenuous winter hike down this historic path, which was used by wagons and stagecoaches bringing travelers up the mountain before the railroad was built. Though passenger train service ceased in the…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #3: Cherokee Boundary

February 15 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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The Cherokee Boundary was the eastern most boundary of the Cherokee Nation. The hike will begin at Wendell's house and cover the Eastern Continental Divide to near Swannanoa Gap. Almost all of the 4.5 mile trip (many ups and…

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Falls Branch Falls Hike

February 22 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Enjoy visiting the small, but beautiful, waterfall on Falls Branch, located within the boundaries of Grove Stone and Sand Quarry. This loop hike will ramble through parts of the quarry…

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Orientation: Valley History Explorer Hiking Series

February 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Join us for an orientation to the Museum’s VALLEY HISTORY EXPLORER HIKING SERIES, which consists of 8 hikes to historic locations around the Swannanoa Valley, one in each of our communities. The hour-long…

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March 2020

Winter Workshop Series: Full Series Registration

March 7 @ 8:00 am - March 21 @ 5:00 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$80 – $95 23 tickets left

The Swannanoa Valley Museum Winter Workshop series is a short-run series of workshops focused on the craft and music traditions of Southern Appalachia. For three consecutive Saturdays from March 7th…

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Workshop 1: Introduction to Appalachian Ballad Singing

March 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$30 – $35 15 tickets left

Come enjoy a workshop on Southern Appalachian ballads, or “story songs,” brought over from the British-Isles and passed through oral tradition in the Southern Mountains. Ballad singer Saro Lynch-Thomason will…

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Valley History Explorer Hike #1: Bee Tree (Reservoir)

March 14 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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image of the bee tree reservoir surrounded by mountains

This year's Bee Tree hike will take hikers on a 2-mile moderate trek along the banks of the closed Bee Tree Reservoir to Jack's Falls. The hike is along road…

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Workshop 2: Introduction to Appalachian Folk Medicine

March 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$30 – $35 15 tickets left

Learn the fundamentals of Appalachian Folk medicine as a living practice. In this class we will explore the broad cultural influences that make the Appalachian region and it’s folk healing…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #1: Weatherford Heights

March 21 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W 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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Workshop 3: Making Log Cabin Quilt Squares

March 21 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$30 – $35 24 tickets left

Pieced quilt making is a tradition that has been passed from generation to generation in Appalachia since the colonial era. In this workshop, participants will learn to make their own…

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Historic North Fork Valley Tour of the Asheville Watershed – East

March 28 @ 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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April 2020

Save the Date: A Tea with a Twist at Black Mountain College

April 4 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Camp Rockmont for Boys, 375 Lake Eden Road
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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On Saturday, April 4, 2020, the Museum will host our 3rd annual Appalachian Spring Tea at Camp Rockmont for Boys, the former (and final) home of Black Mountain College from…

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

April 18 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Details: Join us as we explore the ruins of the “Spanish Castle,” the estate of architect Rafael Guastavino, just south of Black Mountain. Examples of the internationally renowned architect’s craftsmanship…

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Book Club: Whistling Woman

April 20 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

From the authors: A whistling woman and a crowing hen never come to a very good end…or so the saying goes. There are a couple of interpretations for the saying…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #4: Montreat East Ridge

April 25 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W 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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Mid-Week Wildflower Walk

April 28 @ 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 2020

Old Toll Road 4WD Caravan to Camp Alice

May 2 @ 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free – $75 33 tickets left

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

May 9 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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On this hike, hikers will see the grave of the first non-native settler west of the Blue Ridge - Samuel Davidson (located on private property), who was killed shortly after…

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Book Club: Living Stories of the Cherokee

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

From the publisher: This remarkable book, the first major new collection of Cherokee stories published in nearly a hundred years, presents seventy-two traditional and contemporary tales from the Eastern Band…

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

May 16 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W 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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June 2020

Book Club: Guests on Earth

June 8 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

From the author, Lee Smith: Guests on Earth is set at Highland Mental Hospital in Asheville, N.C., during the years 1936-1948, the year of the terrible fire in which Zelda…

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

June 13 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Details: 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 20 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W 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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July 2020

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 11 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Details: 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…

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Book Club: Jane Hicks Gentry: A Singer Among Singers

July 13 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

From the publisher: "Winner of the North Carolina Society of Historians Award Jane Hicks Gentry lived her entire life in the remote, mountainous northwest corner of North Carolina and was…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #7: Patton’s Table

July 18 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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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…

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August 2020

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

August 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W 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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Book Club: Blackberries, Blackberries

August 10 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

From the publisher: An enchanting, haunting collection of stories by Crystal Wilkinson, a self-described Black, country girl and poet from rural Kentucky. The stories explore the joys and pain of…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #8: Walker’s Knob

August 15 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W 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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September 2020

Valley History Explorer Hike #7: Montreat (Conference Center & College)

September 12 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Details: 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. The hike…

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Book Club: Hotter Than a Pepper Sprout

September 14 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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From the Publisher: "Award winning songwriter, musician, author, playwright, poet, visual artist, and Appalachian Renaissance man Billy Edd Wheeler is best known for penning "Jackson," which was popularized by Johnny…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #9: Buckner’s Knob

September 19 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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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.…

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October 2020

Valley History Explorer Hike #8: North Fork (Grove Stone)

October 10 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This 3-mile, moderate hike will explore part of Grove Stone Quarry overlooking the North Fork Valley. This moderate trail is part of the network of roads that trucks drive through the quarry. Jason…

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Book Club: An Indigenous People’s History of the United States

October 12 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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From the Publisher: "The first history of the United States told from the perspective of indigenous peoples Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized…

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

October 17 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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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,…

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November 2020

Historic North Fork Valley Tour of the Asheville Watershed – West

November 7 @ 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 west side of the Burnett Reservoir to explore part of the once thriving North Fork Valley community. The caravan will…

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Seven Sisters Peaks Hike

November 14 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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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,…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #11: Garden of Eden

November 21 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Join the museum for the final hike of the Swannanoa Rim Hike Series to "Garden of Eden." This rocky mountaintop is located one mile northwest of Lake Eden on the…

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Hike Series Finisher Reunion & Volunteer Appreciation Celebration!

November 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
White Horse Black Mountain, 105 Montreat Road
Black Mountain, North Carolina 28711
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Free

Tonight we’re celebrating all those who finished the Rim Hike and Valley History Explorer Hike Series in 2020 and thanking all those who volunteered their time in support of the…

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