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October 2021

Old Toll Road 4WD Caravan to Camp Alice

October 2 @ 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E 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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Valley History Explorer Hike #8: North Fork

October 9 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This event will be structured as a stop-and-go tour of the North Fork area. Attendees will visit several prominent historic sites and enjoy talks from local historians and descendants of…

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Appalachian Experience: The Music of Appalachian Outmigration (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
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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SVM Book Club: Even as We Breathe by Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle (online)

October 18 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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.  Items To Donate: Books Toys Antiques…

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Black Mountain Downtown Haunted History Walking Tours

October 22 @ 5:00 pm - October 23 @ 8:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Join the Swannanoa Valley Museum for an evening of haunted history in Black Mountain! In these outdoor walking tours through Black Mountain's downtown historic district, visitors will learn about the…

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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
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E 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
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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Save the Date: Hike Finisher Celebration

November 13 @ 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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