Museums Archives - NC Blue Ridge


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.

Historic Carson House Museum & The Jubilee Arbor Event Venue

1805 Highway 70 West
Marion, NC 28752
By the early 1960s, Carson House had seen several owners and dozens of renters. Abandoned and unattended, the destruction wrought by time and the elements had begun. Led by Misses Mary, Ruth and Nina Greenlee, local educators and historians, along with Carson descendant, Moffitt Sinclair

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Mountain Gateway Museum

Mountain Gateway Museum
24 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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Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education

1401 Fish Hatchery Road
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

We’ve got the fun and the fish, and it’s free!
Feed the trout at the Bobby N. Setzer State Fish Hatchery; Outdoor trail and wildflower garden; Indoor exhibits featuring live animals; Wildlife film

Trout Hatchery:
A visit to the center starts with a walk…

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Smith-McDowell House Museum

283 Victoria Rd.
Asheville, NC 28801
Tour Asheville’s oldest home, a brick mansion originally known as Buck House when constructed c1840. Six period and two gallery rooms celebrate the enduring stories of the people who lived, worked, loved, and lost here; their stories reflecting our shared

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Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center

223 W. State Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711

Take a trip back in time! As the Asheville area’s primary general history museum, Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center hosts traveling exhibits on a range of historical topics. We also interpret the story of the settlement and

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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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