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July 2020

Book Club Webinar: 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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This book club discussion will take place as a webinar through Zoom. Please RSVP below to receive your Zoom link. From the publisher: "Winner of the North Carolina Society of…

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Webinar: Appalachian Ballad Singing: Singers and Their Songs

July 13 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Ballads and unaccompanied traditional songs of Appalachia are timeless, soulful and evoke a deep sense of connection. For generations, people have kept these songs alive by teaching them to each…

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History Cafe Webinar: Solo Percussive Dance Traditions of Southern Appalachia

July 27 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Westen North Carolina and east Tennessee have rich social and performative dance traditions. From small square dances held at local homes to the modern incarnation of Warren Wilson's Old Farmers…

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August 2020

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

August 8 @ 8:00 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 9 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 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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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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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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History Cafe: The Swannanoa 4-H Camp as a German POW Camp in WWII

August 24 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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In this presentation, Elodie Covert will discuss the history of the historic Swannanoa 4-H Camp and the property's use as a prisoner of war camp in WWII. Construction of the…

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September 2020

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

September 12 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 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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Valley History Explorer Series Hike #7: Montreat (Hydroelectric History)

September 13 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 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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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
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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Historic North Fork Valley Tour of the Asheville Watershed – East

September 26 @ 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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History Cafe: Preserving the Historic South Asheville Cemetery

September 28 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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The South Asheville Cemetery, located in the Kenilworth neighborhood behind St. John "A" Baptist Church, is the resting place for approximately 2000 African American residents of Asheville, who were buried…

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October 2020

Annual Rummage Sale Fundraiser

October 9 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
corner of Padgettown Road and Old US 70 Black Mountain, North Carolina 28711 + Google Map

Donate to the Museum’s fiscal year end 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, books, children’s…

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

October 10 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 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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Annual Rummage Sale Fundraiser

October 10 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
corner of Padgettown Road and Old US 70 Black Mountain, North Carolina 28711 + Google Map

Donate to the Museum’s fiscal year end 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, books, children’s…

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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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Free

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
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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History Cafe: “You Have to Start a Thing”: Early Women in NC Governance

October 19 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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In 1894, Asheville became the birthplace of the women’s suffrage movement in North Carolina when Helen Morris Lewis formed the Equal Suffrage Association of North Carolina, the first of its…

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

November 14 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E 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 grace…

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

November 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E 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 grace…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #11: Garden of Eden

November 21 @ 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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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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This event is a celebration for all those who finished the Rim Hike and Valley History Explorer Hike Series in 2020 and thanks all those who volunteered their time in…

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December 2020

Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #1: Weatherford Heights

December 12 @ 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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Valley History Explorer Hike #3: Old Town Swannanoa & Beacon Blanket Tour

December 12 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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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, grocery stores, a drug store, a bank, a movie theater, a five-and-dime, and other variety stores. Join…

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Valley History Explorer Hike #3: Old Town Swannanoa & Beacon Blanket Tour

December 12 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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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, grocery stores, a drug store, a bank, a movie theater, a five-and-dime, and other variety stores. Join…

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