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May 2021

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 86 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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WNC 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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Pollinator Day

May 29 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 221 West State Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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Join us on Saturday, May 29th for Pollinator Day! This event is a collaboration between BMCA and the Swannanoa Valley Museum and History Center to celebrate the importance of pollinators…

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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 97 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 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 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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WNC 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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Valley History Explorers #5: Ridgecrest (Point Lookout)

July 14 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 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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Walk through History: Old Town Swannanoa

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

Taking a guided walking tour 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…

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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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WNC 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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SVM ” Rock The Classics” Car Show

July 31 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join us for the inaugural SVM "Rock The Classics" car show. Taking place at 304 Black Mountain Ave, Black Mountain, NC 28711. On July 31, 2021 from 9am - 4pm.…

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Save the Date!: 1st Annual SVM Classic Car Show

July 31 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711

On Saturday, July 31st, 9:00am - 3:00pm the Swannanoa Valley Museum will be hosting its first ever classic car show! Come peruse car models from the 1920s thru the 1980s…

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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 99 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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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: 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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History Explorers: Butterflies and Pollination

September 11 @ 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 the life cycle of the butterfly and use colored paper, tempera paint and other crafts to make representations of each stage of the…

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

September 12 @ 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 100 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 and Ingram Cemeteries

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

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

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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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