The Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center’s Walk Through History series is an opportunity for WNC residents to get to know the rich history of the Swannanoa Valley by walking it’s historic estates, sidewalks and cemeteries with knowledgeable guides. Every other month starting in May and ending in November, the museum will conduct Wednesday morning walking tours of the Guastavino Estate, Old Town Swannanoa, Tabernacle and Ingram Cemeteries, and Piney Grove and Tabernacle Cemeteries. Each tour will be conducted by local experts who intimately know the history of the individuals and communities who once traversed the valley. Come enjoy a morning stroll through WNC history!

COVID POLICY: All walking tours take place out of doors, and allow for social distancing to be observed.

LOCATIONS: All registered attendees will receive an email ahead of each event detailing the sign-in location. These events will not take place at the Swannanoa Valley Museum.


Wednesday, May 19 @ 10:30AM – 12:00PM – “Rhododendron:” The Guastavino Estate                                                        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.

Wednesday, July 12 @ 10:30AM – 12:00PM – 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 cafes, grocery stores, a drug store, a bank, a movie theater, a five-and-dime, and other variety stores.

Wednesday, September 15 @ 10:30AM – 12:00PM – Tabernacle and Ingram Cemeteries                                                  This tour brings to life the families who colonized the area after the Revolutionary War, painting a vivid picture of early 19th-century mountain culture.

Wednesday, November 17 @ 10:30AM – 12:00PM – Piney Grove and Patton Cemeteries                                                   Take a guided tour of two cemeteries associated with what is believed to be the earliest Protestant church founded west of the Continental Divide.