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January 2019

Orientation: Swannanoa Valley Rim Explorer Hiking Series

January 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

Join us for an orientation to our popular SWANNANOA VALLEY RIM EXPLORER™ HIKING SERIES. The meeting, held at the Museum at 6:00pm, will cover specifics of each hike, difficulty, and registration. Now…

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Rim Hike #2: Rhododendron Rim

January 26 @ 8:00 am - 1:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$30 – $50

This 4.3 mile, moderate hike​ runs from Wendell Begley’s home on Sunset Mountain to Route 9. It passes through property once owned by Spanish architect Rafael Guastavino, best known for his…

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February 2019

Book Club: Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina

February 8 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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February's read is Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, a 304-page guidebook containing more than 150 color photos, seven maps, and a wealth of information about the people and places…

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Rim Hike #3: Cherokee Boundary

February 16 @ 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

The Cherokee Boundary was the eastern most boundary of the Cherokee Nation. The hike will begin at Wendell's house and cover the Eastern Continental Divide to near Swannanoa Gap. Almost all of the 4.5 mile trip (many ups and…

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Orientation: Valley History Explorer Hiking Series

February 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

Note: The 2019 Series is at capacity. To be added to the waitlist for individual hikes, please email the museum. Join us for an orientation to the Museum’s VALLEY HISTORY EXPLORER…

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March 2019

Swannanoa Creek and Tunnel Hike

March 2 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$25 – $35

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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Book Club: A Parchment of Leaves

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

March's read is A Parchment of Leaves by Silas House. From the publisher, "It is the early 1900s in rural Kentucky, and young Saul Sullivan is heading up to Redbud Camp…

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Valley History Explorer Hike #1: Bee Tree (Reservoir)

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

This year's Bee Tree hike will take hikers on a 2-mile moderate trek along the banks of the closed Bee Tree Reservoir to Jack's Falls. The hike is along road…

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Rim Hike #1: Weatherford Heights

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

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

March 30 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
$50 – $75

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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April 2019

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

April 6 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
$25 – $35

Hikers on the 2nd segment of our Valley History Explorer Hiking Series will explore an old Cherokee pathway that hugs the banks of the Catawba River and ends at the base of…

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Book Club: The Last Castle

April 12 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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April's read is The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home by Denise Kiernan. From the publisher, "A New York Times bestseller with an "engaging…

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Rim Hike #4: Montreat East Ridge

April 13 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$30 – $50

This difficult, 6-mile segment traverses the crest of the Blue Ridge (Continental Divide) along the eastern boundary of Montreat. Montreat was founded by Rev. John C. Collins in 1897 as a place “for physical and…

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History Cafe: Beacon Blankets

April 22 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Free – $5

This event is at capacity. Email info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org to be added to the waitlist. You are also welcome to arrive the morning of and see if there are any no shows.…

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Appalachian Spring Tea – First Seating

April 27 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Blue Ridge Assembly – Dr. Weatherford Home Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States

On Saturday, April 27th the Museum will host our 2nd annual spring tea at "Far Horizons," the Weatherford home in Blue Ridge Assembly. The tea will include sweet, savory, and…

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Appalachian Spring Tea – Second Seating

April 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Blue Ridge Assembly – Dr. Weatherford Home Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States

On Saturday, April 27th the Museum will host our 2nd annual spring tea at "Far Horizons," the Weatherford home in Blue Ridge Assembly. The tea will include sweet, savory, and…

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May 2019

Beacon Blanket Exhibit Reception

May 3 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Filmmaker Rebecca Williams and Museum Director Anne Chesky Smith stand in front of a Beacon blanket. In honor of May Day, known around the world as International Workers' Day, we…

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Book Club: Flight Behavior

May 10 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

May's read is Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. From the publisher, "Flight Behavior is a brilliant and suspenseful novel set in present day Appalachia; a breathtaking parable of catastrophe and denial that…

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Historic Documentary Series: Artus Moser of Buckeye Cove

May 16 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

Our May film is "Artus Moser of Buckeye Cove" (1985). Joan Moser, daughter of Mr. Moser, will speak briefly about her father's work.  From the Appalshop Website: "Artus Moser, 'a…

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Rim Hike #5: Pinnacle of the Blue Ridge

May 18 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$30 – $50

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: Black Mountain College, A Child’s Perspective

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

Join us on Monday, May 20 at 10:30am for a presentation by John Corkran, son of Black Mountain College professor David Corkran. John will share his experiences of growing up…

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June 2019

Old Toll Road 4WD Caravan to Camp Alice

June 1 @ 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
$50

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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Book Club: Bearwallow

June 14 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

June’s read is Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland by Jeremy B. Jones. From the publisher, "Across the Blue Ridge Mountains stretches a world both charming and complicated.…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #6: Grey Eagle Rock

June 15 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$30 – $50

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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Historic Documentary Series: Quilting Women

June 20 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

Our June film selection from Appalshop is "Quilting Women" (1976). In addition to the film, museum representatives will also display quilts from SVM's collections.  From Appalshop's website: "Quilting Women traces…

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Valley History Explorer Hike #3: Swannanoa (Davidson Grave/Alexander Farm)

June 22 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$25 – $35

The next hike in the series 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 shortly…

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Valley History Explorer Hike #4: Black Mountain

June 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$25 – $35

Difficulty: Moderate, 3-miles Cost: $25 members, $35 nonmembers Note: This hike is part of a series, which is at capacity. Hikers who wish to register for individual hikes may add their name…

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History Cafe: Montreat’s WWII Detention Center

June 24 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Free – $5

Join us on Monday, June 24 for a presentation by Presbyterian Heritage Center Director Ron Vinson on the World War II detention of Axis diplomats, businessmen, and their families at…

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July 2019

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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Book Club: Rootabaga Stories

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

July’s read is Carl Sandburg's Rootabaga Stories. Published in 1922, Rootabaga Stories is a children's book of interrelated short stories. The whimsical, sometimes melancholy stories, which often use nonsense language, were originally created…

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Valley History Explorer Hike #5: Ridgecrest (Kitsuma)

July 13 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$25 – $35

This hike will follow the Kitsuma Trail to a viewpoint boasting sweeping vistas of the Swannanoa Valley, including a breathtaking view of Mt. Mitchell, which is visible on clear days. Today, Ridgecrest…

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Chamber After Hours: Museum Edition

July 17 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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The Museum will be open late tonight for members and volunteers from the Black Mountain - Swannanoa Valley Chamber of Commerce to see our 2019 exhibits in style. Our current…

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Historic Documentary Series: Peace Stories

July 18 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

Our July film selection from Appalshop is "Peace Stories" (1991).   From Appalshop: "In Peace Stories, three men from the South recount their war experiences and discuss it’s effects on their…

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History Cafe: Sarah Gudger’s Journey to Freedom

July 22 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Free – $5

Sarah Gudger's oral history from the 1930s Federal Writer's Project Slave Narratives is the only written, personal eye witness account of a person who was enslaved in Buncombe County. Katherine…

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August 2019

Annual Rummage Sale Fundraiser

August 2 @ 11:30 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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Annual Rummage Sale Fundraiser

August 3 @ 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: The French Broad

August 9 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

August’s read is The French Broad by Wilma Dykeman. From Kirkus Reviews, "An interesting and proud contribution to the Rivers of America, this is an account of a major waterway,…

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Valley History Explorer Series Hike #6: Riceville (Shope Creek)

August 10 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Riceville Valley Community Church, 2342 Riceville Road
Asheville, NC 28805
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$25 – $35

Riceville is named after Joseph Marion Rice, who settled in the valley in the 1780s. We'll carpool to the trailhead and along the way view several points of historic interest. …

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Historic Documentary Series – Ready for Harvest: Clearcutting in the Southern Appalachians

August 15 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Our last film of the summer season will be "Ready for Harvest: Clearcutting in the Southern Appalachians" (1993). Museum staff will chronicle the history of timbering in the Swannanoa Valley…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #8: Walker’s Knob

August 17 @ 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

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: 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

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

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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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

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

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

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

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

Beacon Blanket Day

October 5 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Shop all things Beacon Blankets while visiting the Museum's exhibit about the textile mill in Swannanoa that was once the largest in the world! Jerry and Kathy Brownstein will be…

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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

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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