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April 2020

Postponed: 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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**This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled for later in the year. Please direct any questions to svmhikes@gmail.com** Details: Join us as we explore the ruins of the…

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Book Club Webinar: 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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Join us Monday, April 20th for our webinar Book Club presentation and discussion on Whistling Woman by C.C. Tillery! Cyndi and Christy, the Tillery Sisters, will talk about researching their…

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Postponed: 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 event has been postponed and will be rescheduled for later in the year. Please direct any questions to svmhikes@gmail.com** This difficult, 6-mile segment traverses the crest of the Blue Ridge (Continental…

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History Cafe Webinar: 1566- Juan Pardo & the Native Town of Joara

April 27 @ 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 hour-long webinar, Warren Wilson professor David Moore will discuss the historic encounter between Native peoples and Spanish Conquistadors at the town of Joara, near what is present-day Morganton…

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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. *Depending on county and state mandates, this event may be postponed to…

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May 2020

Postponed: 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 9 spots left

**Update: The Old Toll Road Caravan to Camp Alice on May 2nd has been postponed due to the corona virus outbreak. Late April and early May in North Carolina are…

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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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History Cafe: ᏚᏗᏱᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎤᏂᏃᎮᎸᏅᎢ – Stories of the Snowbird Day School.

May 18 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Trey Adcock, Associate Professor and Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies at UNC Asheville, will be presenting a publicly engaged project he has been working on entitled  ᏚᏗᏱᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎤᏂᏃᎮᎸᏅᎢ (“Tuti Tsunadelogwasdi Uninohelv”)…

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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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History Cafe: Exploring the Community and Connections of Oteen

June 22 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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The Western Regional Archives is located in a former Veteran’s Administration Hospital Nurses dormitory and part of the Charles George VA National Historic District. This location made Regional Archives staff…

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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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History Cafe: 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 @ 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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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 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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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

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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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
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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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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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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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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