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June 2018

Geodesic Dome Workshop – Black Mountain College

June 30, 2018 @ 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…

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July 2018

Be an Archaeologist!

July 28, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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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…

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August 2018

NC Digs! Traveling Exhibit

August 1, 2018 - August 4, 2018
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,…

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September 2018

Book Signing: What Momma Knew and Daddy Grew Cookbook

September 21, 2018 @ 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…

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October 2018

Historic Haunted House Tours – Downtown Black Mountain

October 26, 2018 @ 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,…

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Historic Haunted House Tours – Downtown Black Mountain

October 27, 2018 @ 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,…

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November 2018

Seven Sisters Peaks Hike

November 3, 2018 @ 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,…

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December 2018

Book Club: Bloodroot

December 14, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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December’s read is Bloodroot: Reflections on Time and Place by Appalachian Women Writers edited by Joyce Dyer. Kirkus reviews said, “A broad sampling of deeply impressive writings–essays, memoirs, poetry, letters, stories by…

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January 2019

SOLD OUT: Swannanoa Valley Rim Explorer Hiking Series

January 1 @ 10:30 am - January 14 @ 8:00 am
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
$280

New, Full-Series Hikers – On January 1, 2019, online (credit card) registration for the 2019 Swannanoa Valley Rim Explorer Series will open up on this page for 25 new hikers at…

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SOLD OUT: Valley History Explorer Hiking Series

January 1 @ 10:30 am - January 14 @ 9:30 am
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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$175

New, Full-Series Hikers – On January 1, 2019, online (credit card) registration for the 2019 Valley History Explorer Series will open up for 25 new hikers at 10:30am below. You must…

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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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Free

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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Free

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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