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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
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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

Many people may not know that President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation did not apply to enslaved people in states under Union control. Despite this, then-Military Governor of Tennessee, Andrew Johnson emancipated…

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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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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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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #8: Walker’s Knob

August 22 @ 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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WNC History Café: 100 Years of the Black Mountain Firehouse (online)

August 23 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

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

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WNC History Café: The Negro Motorist Green Book in Western North Carolina (online)

August 26 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

The Negro Motorist Green Book facilitated safe travel for African Americans during the Jim Crow era. Where did travelers go in western North Carolina? Who were the people and places listed in the Green Book in…

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September 2021

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

September 11 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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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…

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SVM Book Club: The Body Farm by Patricia Cornwell

September 13 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Free 99 spots left

From the publisher:  "The Body Farm - a research institute that tests the decomposition of corpses. Black Mountain, North Carolina: a sleepy little town where the local police deal with…

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Appalachian Experience: Blair Mountain: America’s Largest Labor Uprising (online)

September 13 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

The fall of 1921 marks the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of Blair Mountain, the largest armed uprising in United States history since the Civil War. The uprising was led…

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Walk through History: Tabernacle Cemetery

September 15 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Take a guided walking  tour of the historical Tabernacle cemetery. This tour brings to life the families who colonized the area after the Revolutionary War, painting a vivid picture of…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #9: Buckner’s Knob

September 18 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E 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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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #9: Buckner’s Knob

September 19 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E 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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WNC History Café: Black Mountain College in the Community (online)

September 27 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am

One of the most common misconceptions of Black Mountain College is that it was a "city on a hill," a college campus divorced from its surroundings, with few if any…

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October 2021

Old Toll Road 4WD Caravan to Camp Alice

October 2 @ 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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Cataloochee Ranch and Valley Day Trip

October 5 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Join the museum for a daycation adventure to the Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley, followed by a trip into the historic Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!…

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

October 9 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E 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 Conner,…

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Appalachian Experience: Appalachian Music in Diaspora (online)

October 11 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

For much of the last century, Appalachians have left the region in search of opportunity, leaving behind people and places that have great personal and cultural significance. Sociologists, historians, and…

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

October 16 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E 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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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #10: Top of Brushy/High Top of Bee Tree

October 17 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E 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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SVM Book Club: Even as We Breathe by Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle

October 18 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free 96 spots left

From the publisher: "Nineteen-year-old Cowney Sequoyah yearns to escape his hometown of Cherokee, North Carolina, in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. When a summer job at Asheville's luxurious Grove…

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Annual Rummage Sale Fundraiser

October 22 - October 23
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711

Donate to the Museum’s annual Rummage Sale today! To donate items please contact Yolanda Smith at (828) 669-1679 or chicgrandma96@yahoo.com. Please do not bring donations to the museum. Gently-used household goods, kitchen items, collectibles,…

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WNC History Café: The Lives of the Enslaved at the Vance Birthplace Historic Site (online)

October 25 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am

Tucked into the Reems Creek Valley, the Vance Birthplace State Historic Site interprets life on an early 1800s mountain plantation.  Utilizing seven historic structures and an extensive artifact collection, interpreters…

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Historic North Fork Valley Tour of the Asheville Watershed – West

October 30 @ 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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November 2021

Seven Sisters Peaks Hike

November 6 @ 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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Appalachian Experience: The Scots-Irish in Appalachia (online)

November 8 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

While many in our region claim Scots-Irish heritage and generally acknowledge the role the Scots Irish played in the settlement and cultural development of the Southern Appalachian region, this presentation…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #11: Garden of Eden

November 13 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E 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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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #11: Garden of Eden

November 14 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E 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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Save the Date: Hike Finisher Celebration

November 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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Walk Through History: Piney Grove and Patton Cemeteries

November 17 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Take a guided tour of two cemeteries associated with what is believed to be the earliest Protestant church founded west of the Continental Divide. The history of the Patton and…

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December 2021

Historic Swannanoa Creek Hike

December 11 @ 9:00 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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