Join the museum on zoom on Thursday, August 25th for a screening of “Come Hell or High Water: Remembering the Great Flood of 1916. Director David Weintraub will introduce the film and conduct a short Q&A afterwards.

In July 1916, 22 inches of rain fell in a 24 hour period over parts of Western North Carolina (WNC). In many places in WNC, the French Broad was 17 feet above flood stage and the Swannanoa River was a mile wide. This year still evokes powerful memories in many old-timer’s family histories. But what concerns many is the reality that WNC is a flood prone area and such a disaster could repeat. Given that the Great Flood led to thousands of mudslides and landslides, causing extensive damage at a time when no one lived on the side of mountains, the worry is that should a flood of similar proportions occur today it would likely be more devastating.  

This film was produced through the Center for Cultural Preservation, a cultural nonprofit organization dedicated to working for mountain heritage continuity through oral history, documentary film, education and public programs. For more information about the Center contact them at (828) 692-8062 or

When: August 25, 7pm-8:15pm

Where: Online via zoom. Registrants will receive a zoom link.

Cost: FREE

SPECIAL OFFER: Registrants of the Swannanoa Valley Museum’s screening of the Great Flood film may purchase the DVD and save the shipping charge so long as your purchase is no later than 48 hours after the screening. CLICK HERE FOR THE SPECIAL OFFER