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June 2018

Valley History Explorer Hike #4: Black Mountain (In-the-Oaks)

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

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 grounds of the former Terry Estate located on 89 wooded acres within the town of Black Mountain. Hike leader, Alan Edwards, will share the history of…

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Geodesic Dome Workshop – Black Mountain College

June 30 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Town Square, 100 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

Learn to build a sustainable bamboo geodesic dome with instructors from Appalachian State University. Buckminster Fuller, an American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor, was a key figure at Black Mountain College where he would erect the first geodesic dome in the late 1940s. Fuller had been considering forms of shelter that used less material…

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July 2018

Valley History Explorer Hike #5: Ridgecrest (Point Lookout)

July 14 @ 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 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 U.S. 70. It was founded in the 1920s and in its heyday featured an observation platform and a restaurant. Point Lookout also overlooks Royal Gorge through which…

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Be an Archaeologist!

July 28 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

Join us for a guided activity session, “Be an Archaeologist,” which allows participants a chance to become archaeologist by searching for reproduction artifacts, and then studying, measuring, and cataloging them to try to determine what life was like in the past. The free event is part of the traveling exhibit, NCDigs!, on display at the…

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August 2018

NC Digs! Traveling Exhibit

August 1 - August 4
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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The traveling exhibit “NC Digs!” and artifacts from the Berry Site located in Burke County will be on display from July 9 to August 4. Hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. “NC Digs!” highlights five different types of archaeological sites found across North Carolina: Native American, Battlefield, Plantation, Trash Pit, and…

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Valley History Explorer Series Hike #6: Riceville (Rattlesnake Lodge)

August 11 @ 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

Hikers will first stop at Bull Gap, overlooking the Riceville valley, to learn about the history of the community, named after Joseph Marion Rice, who settled in the region in the 1780s. From Bull Gap, hikers will travel along the original 1-mile trail to the ruins of Rattlesnake Lodge. In 1903, Dr. Chase Ambler, realizing the health…

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September 2018

Valley History Explorer Hike #7: North Fork (Grove Stone)

September 8 @ 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, who works for the quarry, will share the geology of the region. We will hike into the quarry while we learn about the history of…

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Book Signing: What Momma Knew and Daddy Grew Cookbook

September 21 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Laura Moser Taylor will be signing ccopies of her new cookbook, What Momma Knew and Daddy Grew, at the Museum on Friday, September 21 from 10:30am until 1:00pm. The cookbook is a collection of recipes from the Black Mountain and Swannanoa area, as well as other recipes tested and developed by Taylor. The front and back cover art…

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October 2018

Valley History Explorer Series Hike #8: Montreat (Hydroelectric History)

October 13 @ 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

Learn the history of the Swannanoa Valley while exploring our communities on moderate, approximately 3-mile hikes to 8 historic destinations throughout the year. 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 are visible…

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Historic Haunted House Tours – Downtown Black Mountain

October 26 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The Swannanoa Valley Museum’s annual Historic Haunted House Tour will, this year, celebrate Black Mountain’s 125th birthday with a walking tour of downtown Black Mountain. Tour Times: 5:30PM, 6:00PM, 6:30PM, 7:00PM, 7:30PM, 8:00PM Distance: less than 1 mile on sidewalks Approximate Tour Time: 2 hours Pre-registration is required. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your tour…

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Historic Haunted House Tours – Downtown Black Mountain

October 27 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The Swannanoa Valley Museum’s annual Historic Haunted House Tour will, this year, celebrate Black Mountain’s 125th birthday with a walking tour of downtown Black Mountain. Tour Times: 5:30PM, 6:00PM, 6:30PM, 7:00PM, 7:30PM, 8:00PM Distance: less than 1 mile on sidewalks Approximate Tour Time: 2 hours Pre-registration is required. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your tour…

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November 2018

Seven Sisters Peaks Hike

November 3 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$30 – $45

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, 9.5-mile distance.  Along the way, hike leaders will share historical anecdotes about the peak’s nomenclature, social history, geography, and ecology. The hike has several panoramic views. This…

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