Convicts built the railroad into the Swannanoa Valley.

About History Cafe
Ever wonder how Asheville came to get its drinking water from Black Mountain? What slavery looked like in western North Carolina (Yes, there were enslaved people here.)? How wagons, stagecoaches, and trains made it up the steep grade from Old Fort into Ridgecrest? Come to the Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center on the fourth Monday of the month at 10:30am for a discussion about local history. Come start off your morning getting to know our region a little better!

2019 Schedule
April 22, 2019: Beacon Blankets
May 20, 2019: Black Mountain College, A Child’s Perspective
June 24, 2019: Montreat’s WWII Detention Center
July 22, 2019: Sarah Gudger’s Journey to Freedom
August 26, 2019: Franklin Terry’s WWI Orphans
September 23, 2019: Digital History
October 28, 2019: Music of the Swannanoa Tunnel

Cost: Free for museum members and students with ID.
Nonmembers may pay $5 in advance online or a $5+ donation at the door.

Seating is limited. Please reserve your spot on our event calendar.

Designed for adults and modeled after the popular Science Cafes taking place across the nation, Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center’s monthly History Cafe offers lectures and workshops led by local experts and researchers on regional history topics. These hour-long meet-ups engage the many stories that have shaped our southern Appalachian community as a place — from geological changes to native histories, musical innovations, pioneer experiences, and labor struggles — and will end with informal discussion bringing our shared history into context with contemporary issues.
Coffee will be provided.

Many thanks to our History Cafe sponsor: Black Mountain Savings Bank