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August 2019

History Cafe: Franklin Terry’s WWI Orphans

August 26 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Free – $5 4 tickets left

Join us for a presentation by Montreat College history professor, Lisa Toland, on the philanthropic work of Black Mountain's Franklin S. Terry. Between 1920 and 1924, Franklin S. Terry built…

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September 2019

Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #7: Patton’s Table

September 7 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$30 – $50 Sold out

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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Book Club: Above the Waterfall

September 13 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

September's read is Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash. From the publisher - "In this poetic and haunting tale set in contemporary Appalachia, New York Times bestselling author Ron Rash illuminates lives…

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

September 14 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$25 – $35 Sold out

This hike focuses on the history of Montreat, which was founded in 1897 by Rev. John Collins. The remnants of the Montreat hydroelectric facilities that were constructed in 1913 and in use until 1947…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #9: Buckner’s Knob

September 21 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$30 – $50 Sold out

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: Digital History

September 23 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Free – $5 20 tickets left

In the Spring of 2019, teams of students in Dr. Ellen Holmes Pearson's Digital History class at UNC-Asheville worked together to create digital history projects that made slices of Western…

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Old Town Swannanoa & Beacon Blanket Tour

September 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
$20 19 tickets left

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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October 2019

Book Club: Real NASCAR

October 11 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

October’s read is Real NASCAR by Daniel S. Pierce. From the publisher, "In this history of the stock car racing circuit known as NASCAR, Daniel S. Pierce offers a revealing new…

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

October 12 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$25 – $35 Sold out

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

October 19 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$30 – $50 Sold out

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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Historic Haunted House Tours – Downtown Black Mountain

October 25 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This year, our annual Historic Haunted House Tour will take guests back in time to discover the ghostly, spooky, and fun parts of downtown Black Mountain's history. For those who…

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Historic Haunted House Tours – Downtown Black Mountain

October 26 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This year, our annual Historic Haunted House Tour will take guests back in time to discover the ghostly, spooky, and fun parts of downtown Black Mountain's history. For those who…

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History Cafe: Music of the Swannanoa Tunnel

October 28 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Free – $5 16 tickets left

Join Warren Wilson College professors Jeff Keith and Kevin Kehrberg as they present on the musical legacies extending from the late nineteenth century construction of the Swannanoa Tunnel.  Part song…

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November 2019

Book Club: Divine Right’s Trip

November 8 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

November’s read is Divine Right's Trip by Gurney Norman. From the NY Times: Gurney Norman’s “Divine Right’s Trip” — a hippie, druggie road-trip-novel-cum-lifestyle-manifesto — first appeared “episodically” as a series of…

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Historic North Fork Valley Tour of the Asheville Watershed – West Side

November 9 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$50 – $75 Sold out

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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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #11: Garden of Eden

November 16 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$30 – $50 Sold out

Join the museum for the final hike of the Swannanoa Rim Hike Series to the Garden of Eden. This rocky mountaintop is located one mile northwest of Lake Eden on…

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Hike Series Finisher Reunion & Volunteer Appreciation Celebration!

November 17 @ 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 2019 and thanking all those who volunteered their time in support of the…

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December 2019

Book Club: The Birds of Opulence

December 13 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

December's read is The Birds of Opulence by Crystal Wilkinson. From the publisher, "A lyrical exploration of love and loss, The Birds of Opulence centers on several generations of women in a bucolic…

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