Explore this region’s history through its rich historical treasures.  Each site has its own unique stories to share. Delve into mountain history, the lives of regional literary figures, agricultural traditions, traditional music, and art and craft through the exhibits of the region’s many museums and historic sites. Beyond the exhibits and working demonstrations, there are ongoing educational programs for visitors and many for children.

Mountain Gateway Museum

102 Water St.
Old Fort, NC 28762
(828) 668-9259

The Mountain Gateway Museum, nestled in an idyllic setting in the town of Old Fort, brings you stories that are almost as old as these hills. See what mountain life was like when you tour our historic log cabins. Have a picnic on the banks of Mill Creek. Visit on a Sunday to listen to (or play!)…

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W.N.C. Air Museum

1340 East Gilbert St.
Hendersonville, NC 28793
(828) 698-2482

The Western North Carolina Air Museum is a center of living history in the popular Hendersonville – Flat Rock region of the state. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to remember flying the way it used to be. Bring your kids, your camera, and your leather jacket. If you remember when flying was an…

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Waldensian Heritage Museum

208 Rodoret Street South
Valdese, NC
(828) 874-1111
The Waldensian Heritage Museum preserves and interprets the history of the Waldensian settlement in the foothills of North Carolina.. A group of 29 journeyed to North Carolina and founded the town of Valdese in 1893, preparing the way for hundreds more

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