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April 2021

Mid-Week Wildflower Hike #2

April 28, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Scheduled by popular demand! Our Wildflower Hike for April 27th filled up, so now we are offering a second hike on the 28th! This spring, head outside and learn to…

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May 2021

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

May 8, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This hike 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 by…

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SVM Book Club: Selu: Seeking the Corn Mother’s Wisdom by Marilou Awiakta

May 10, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Free

From Wikipedia: "Selu: Seeking the Corn-Mother's Wisdom is a book by Marilou Awiakta. It uses poems, essays, and drawings to explore themes of unity and diversity. Awiakta uses the Cherokee…

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Appalachian Experience: Hunting Edible/Medicinal Mushrooms (online)

May 10, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Hunting morels in the spring is a common tradition for many in our region, and a handful of other choice edible wild mushrooms are gaining in popularity. Few seem to…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #5: Pinnacle of the Blue Ridge

May 15, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E 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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Walk Through History: “Rhododendron”- The Guastavino Estate

May 19, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Take a guided walking tour of the eleven sites on the Christmount Christian Assembly property that comprise the Guastavino Estate "Rhododendron," located in Black Mountain, NC. Get historical insight into…

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WNC History Café: Digitizing WNC’s African-American History (online)

May 24, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am

In the Spring of 2021, teams of students in Dr. Ellen Holmes Pearson's UNC Asheville "Out of the Archives: Adventures in Digital History" class worked together to create digital history…

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Pollinator Day

May 29, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 221 West State Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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Join us on Saturday, May 29th for Pollinator Day! This event is a collaboration between BMCA and the Swannanoa Valley Museum and History Center to celebrate the importance of pollinators…

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June 2021

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

June 12, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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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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SVM Book Club: Steel Drivin’ Man: John Henry, the Untold Story of an American Legend by Scott Reynolds Nelson (online)

June 14, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Free

From the publisher: "The ballad 'John Henry' is the most recorded folk song in American history and John Henry--the mighty railroad man who could blast through rock faster than a…

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Appalachian Experience: Roots in Appalachia- Ginseng in Western North Carolina (online)

June 14, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

The harvest of wild American ginseng has been an integral part of Appalachian history and culture for over 300 years. As one of the world’s most popular herbal remedies, ginseng…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #6: Grey Eagle Rock

June 19, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E 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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WNC History Café: A History of Riceville (online)

June 28, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am

Bull Creek Valley was traditionally a hunting ground and, possibly, a settlement for ancestors of the Cherokee. Before the turn of the 19th century, however, it became known as Riceville…

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July 2021

Independence Day Sunset Fireworks Hike

July 3, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This year, celebrate Independence Day 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 guests will…

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Opening Reception of “100 Years of the Black Mountain Firehouse” Exhibit

July 9, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Join the Swannanoa Valley Museum on Friday, July 9th between 5:00pm- 9:00pm for a reception with a raffle and refreshments! The exhibit celebrates the 100th anniversary of the construction of…

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

July 10, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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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…

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SVM Book Club: My Old True Love by Sheila Kay Adams

July 12, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Free

This discussion will include a special guest visit with author Sheila Kay Adams! From the publisher: "In tones as warm and rich as the sun shinging on his Appalachian home,…

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Appalachian Experience: There’s a Better Home: A Brief History of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” (online)

July 12, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Its refrain is inscribed on the Country Music Hall of Fame’s rotunda, it is the title of the 1972 landmark album by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and it has…

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Walk through History: Old Town Swannanoa

July 14, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Taking a guided walking tour of Old Town Swannanoa. 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…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #7: Patton’s Table

July 17, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This hike will start near Clingman’s Peak and then will follow the Old Mitchell Trail to Potato Knob and Patton’s Table.  We will then follow the MTS Trail to top…

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SVM “Rock The Classics” Car Show

July 31, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join us for the inaugural SVM "Rock The Classics" car show. Taking place at 304 Black Mountain Ave, Black Mountain, NC 28711. On July 31, 2021 from 9am - 4pm.…

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1st Annual SVM Classic Car Show

July 31, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711

On Saturday, July 31st, from 9:00am-4:00pm, the Swannanoa Valley Museum and History Center will be hosting Black Mountain’s first Annual Classic Car Show. Themed “Rock the Classics,” this show will…

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August 2021

SVM Book Club: Laughter in Appalachia by Loyal Jones and Billy Edd Wheeler

August 9, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Free

From the publisher: "From the people of the Appalachian Mountains comes a special brand of humor: dry, colorful and earthy, aimed sometimes at the hillbilly's own foibles, but often at…

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Appalachian Experience: The 8th of August: Southern Appalachia’s Emancipation Day (online)

August 9, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Many people may not know that President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation did not apply to enslaved people in states under Union control. Despite this, then-Military Governor of Tennessee, Andrew Johnson emancipated…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #8: Walker’s Knob

August 21, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E 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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WNC History Café: 100 Years of the Black Mountain Firehouse (online)

August 23, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

This year marks the centennial of the construction of the historic Black Mountain firehouse, located in downtown Black Mountain on West State Street. The firehouse was constructed two years after…

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WNC History Café: The Negro Motorist Green Book in Western North Carolina (online)

August 26, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

The Negro Motorist Green Book facilitated safe travel for African Americans during the Jim Crow era. Where did travelers go in western North Carolina? Who were the people and places listed in the Green Book in…

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September 2021

Guastavino Marker Dedication

September 13, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Join the Guastavino Alliance, Swannanoa Valley Museum, and Western North Carolina Historical Association on Monday, September 13, 2021 at 10:30 am for the unveiling and dedication of a new NC Highway Historical Marker recognizing…

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National Grandparents Day: Toy Talk with Grandparents (online)

September 13, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am

Let’s talk about toys!  In honor of Grandparents Day, join AARP and the Swannanoa Valley Museum for a fun, interactive, online talk that spans several generations. Learn about different toys…

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SVM Book Club: The Body Farm by Patricia Cornwell (online)

September 13, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Free

From the publisher:  "The Body Farm - a research institute that tests the decomposition of corpses. Black Mountain, North Carolina: a sleepy little town where the local police deal with…

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Appalachian Experience: Blair Mountain: America’s Largest Labor Uprising (online)

September 13, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

The fall of 1921 marks the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of Blair Mountain, the largest armed uprising in United States history since the Civil War. The uprising was led…

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Walk through History: Tabernacle Cemetery

September 15, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Take a guided walking  tour of the historical Tabernacle cemetery. This tour brings to life the families who colonized the area after the Revolutionary War, painting a vivid picture of…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #9: Buckner’s Knob

September 18, 2021 @ 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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WNC History Café: Black Mountain College in the Community (online)

September 27, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am

One of the most common misconceptions of Black Mountain College is that it was a "city on a hill," a college campus divorced from its surroundings, with few if any…

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October 2021

Appalachian Experience: The Music of Appalachian Outmigration (online)

October 11, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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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Black Mountain Downtown Haunted History Walking Tours

October 22, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - October 23, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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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November 2021

Seven Sisters Peaks Hike

November 6, 2021 @ 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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SVTA TREASURED TREE WALK

November 6, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join the Swannanoa Valley Treasured Tree Alliance on a walking tour of the downtown loop of Treasured Trees. After the 2 mile walk we will stop at the Black Mountain Bistro for a tree dedication. This event is free to the public.

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Appalachian Experience: The Scots-Irish in Appalachia (online)

November 8, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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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Walk Through History: Piney Grove and Patton Cemeteries

November 17, 2021 @ 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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Downtown Black Mountain Walking Tour

November 20, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Learn the history of Black Mountain and the Swannanoa Valley on this walking tour. Museum staff will lead attendees through historic State Street, Cherry Street and Black Mountain Avenue, relaying…

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December 2021

Wreaths of Folk Magic and Medicine

December 11, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The plants that deck the halls at Winter Solstice were not chosen randomly by peoples of the past. Pine, holly, oak, rose hip, and fir: all these trees and plants…

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Walking Tour of Downtown Black Mountain

December 18, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Learn the history of Black Mountain and the Swannanoa Valley on this walking tour! Museum staff will lead attendees through historic State Street, Cherry Street and Black Mountain Avenue, relaying…

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January 2022

SVM Winter Workshops 2022: Full Series Tickets

January 2 @ 12:00 pm - January 3 @ 3:00 pm

Join the Swannanoa Valley Museum for its third year of Winter Workshops, taking place on Saturdays for three consecutive weekends in January. This year, the museum is focusing on ecology,…

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Registration: Swannanoa Valley Rim Explorer Hiking Series

January 3 @ 8:00 am - January 10 @ 12:00 pm

NEW, FULL SERIES HIKERS: At 8:00am, January 2, 2022. registration for the Swannanoa Valley Museum's Valley Rim Explorer Hiking Series will open on this page. Registration will take place on…

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Online: Orientation- Swannanoa Valley Rim Explorer Hiking Series

January 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

Join us for an online orientation to our popular SWANNANOA VALLEY RIM EXPLORER™ HIKING SERIES. This talk, hosted on zoom, will cover specifics of each hike, difficulty, and other logistics.  Now…

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