Past Events – NC Blue Ridge

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Attend a lively musical performance, go dancing at one of the many street festivals planned throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains, explore regional gem mines, sample your way across a food and wine festival, or explore a new art exhibit. There’s no shortage of cool things to do here in Western North Carolina. Here’s a list of some of the best events taking place this month.

Appalachian Spring Tea with Harriet

Whitemont Lodge 15 Hildreth Lane, Swannanoa, NC

On Saturday, May 12, 2018, history lovers, nature enthusiasts, and those who appreciate the tasty sweet and savory foods offered at a formal tea will gather at Whitemont Lodge for a special celebration of spring and one of the Swannanoa Valley’s most honored women, Harriet Styles. The pre-Mothers’ Day tea will be offered in two […]

$35 – $45

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Appalachian Spring Tea

Blue Ridge Assembly 84 Blue Ridge Circle, Black Mountain, NC

On Saturday, April 27th the Museum will host our 2nd annual spring tea at the Weatherford home in Blue Ridge Assembly. Built around 1936 of native timber by Dr. Willis Weatherford, Sr., founder of the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly; the home and surrounds are being opened to the public for what may be the last […]

$8 – $175

Beacon Blankets: The Mill, A New Exhibit

Swannanoa Valley Museum 223 W State St, Black Mountain, NC

This summer and into the fall, the Swannanoa Valley Museum is exploring the story of the textile industry in Western North Carolina through its new exhibit “Beacon Blankets: The Mill.” This multimedia exhibit delves into the history of Beacon Blankets, a New England textile company that migrated to the town of Swannanoa, near Asheville, North […]

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Independence Day Sunset Fireworks Hike

Swannanoa Valley Museum 223 W State St, Black Mountain, NC

This year, celebrate the Fourth of July with your family, friends, guests, and the Swannanoa Valley Museum on a 1.5-mile, moderate hike to the peak of Sunset Mountain. Here, Museum guests will enjoy an old-fashioned watermelon cutting, and then stay to watch the sun set and the fireworks explode over the town of Black Mountain. […]

$18 – $50

Independence Day Sunset Fireworks Hike

Swannanoa Valley Museum 223 W State St, Black Mountain, NC

This year, celebrate the Fourth of July with your family, friends, guests, and the Swannanoa Valley Museum on a 1.5-mile, moderate hike to the peak of Sunset Mountain. Here, Museum guests will enjoy an old-fashioned watermelon cutting, and then stay to watch the sun set and the fireworks explode over the town of Black Mountain. […]

$18 – $50

Waterfall Hike at Grove Stone and Sand Quarry

Swannanoa Valley Museum 223 W State St, Black Mountain, NC

Enjoy visiting the small, but beautiful, waterfall on Falls Branch, located within the boundaries of Grove Stone and Sand Quarry. This loop hike will ramble through parts of the quarry closed to the general public as well as portions of the quarry’s nature preserve set up by their resource managers.The hike will be led by […]

$25 – $35

North Fork Valley Tour of the Asheville Watershed – East Side: Appalachian History, the North Fork Community, and the Hunger Games

Swannanoa Valley Museum 223 W State St, Black Mountain, NC

On Saturday, March 28th, the Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center will host a driving tour inside the closed City of Asheville Watershed to explore part of the once thriving North Fork Valley community. Over 50 families were forced to leave the North Fork Valley in the early 20th century as Asheville enacted plans to […]

$35 – $75

Tea with a Twist: Celebrating Black Mountain College’s Enduring Legacy

Camp Rockmont 375 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain, NC

On Saturday, April 4, 2020, the Swannanoa Valley Museum will host it’s 3rd annual Appalachian Spring Tea at Camp Rockmont for Boys, the former (and final) home of Black Mountain College from 1941 – 1957. A Tea with a Twist will take place in the historic Black Mountain College Dining Hall with delicious, home-cooked Southern […]

$8 – $280.

History’s Mysteries for Kids- Ancient American Indian Artifacts

Black Mountain United Methodist Church 101 Church Street, Black Mountain, NC

Join the Swannanoa Valley Museum for an hour-long outdoor activity in which kids will learn how to be "history detectives" by studying ancient American Indian artifacts and learning about their uses. Activity is designed for kids from Kindergarten through 4th grade.

$5

Webinar: The Negro Motorist Green Book in Western North Carolina

Swannanoa Valley Museum 223 W State St, Black Mountain, NC

Join the Swannanoa Valley Museum online as guest speaker Lisa R. Withers will discusses The Negro Motorist Green Book and the individuals who helped to facilitate African American travel in western North Carolina.

$5 – $10

History Explorers: Butterflies and Pollination

Black Mountain United Methodist Church 101 Church Street, Black Mountain, NC

In this outdoor, distanced program, children will learn about the life cycle of the butterfly and use colored paper, tempera paint and other crafts to make representations of each stage of the butterfly’s life cycle.Designed for pre-K to 2nd grade. This event will be held at the shaded lot behind the Black Mountain United Methodist Church […]

$5

Webinar: Preserving Family Heirlooms- Working with Photos, Letters and Textiles

Online Swannanoa Valley Museum, Black Mountain, NC

In this Swannanoa Valley Museum webinar, museum director LeAnne Johnson will explore simple tips and tricks that can aid in preserving family artifacts at home. From old photographs and handwritten letters to flashy hats and army uniforms, Ms. Johnson will discuss how to preserve and safely store items using basic household resources.

$5 – $10

History Explorers for Kids: Quilts- Colors, Patterns and Symbols

Swannanoa Valley Museum 223 W State St, Black Mountain, NC

In this program, children will get to view different historic, hand made quilts and learn to recognize quilt patterns. They will finish with an activity in which they color their own quilt patterns, combining squares to reveal a full quilt design. Designed for Kindergarten thru 2nd grade. This event will be held at the shaded lot […]

$5

History Explorers for Kids: Quilts- Colors, Patterns and Symbols

Swannanoa Valley Museum 223 W State St, Black Mountain, NC

In this program, children will get to view different historic, hand made quilts and learn to recognize quilt patterns. They will finish with an activity in which they color their own quilt patterns, combining squares to reveal a full quilt design. Designed for Kindergarten thru 2nd grade. This event will be held at the shaded lot […]

$5

Old Toll Road 4WD Caravan to Camp Alice

Swannanoa Valley Museum 223 W State St, Black Mountain, NC

Join the Swannanoa Valley Museum for this popular 4-wheel drive caravan up the historic Old Toll Road to Camp Alice on Mt. Mitchell. Once a major tourist attraction, the “Old Toll Road” made the “apex of Appalachia accessible” for the cost of $1 per person. Contact info: Saro Lynch-Thomason, svmvolunteer@gmail.com

$4 – $200

History Explorers for Kids: Life on a Farmstead

Swannanoa Valley Museum 223 W State St, Black Mountain, NC

In this program, children will learn about life in the Swannanoa Valley 200 years ago, and then spend time being “history detectives” and guessing the uses of several historic artifacts. The program will end with a “What would you bring?” activity in which children will plan what tools they will need to bring for their […]

$5

History Explorers for Kids: Ancient American Indian Artifacts

Black Mountain United Methodist Church 101 Church Street, Black Mountain, NC

This program will encourage children to be “history detectives” as they use their observation skills to infer the uses of ancient American Indian tools and contemporary crafts made by Cherokee artisans. Children will also learn how to play the butter bean game, a historic Cherokee counting game. The program will include a blowgun and atlatl […]

$5

History Explorers for Kids: Ancient American Indian Artifacts

Black Mountain United Methodist Church 101 Church Street, Black Mountain, NC

This program will encourage children to be “history detectives” as they use their observation skills to infer the uses of ancient American Indian tools and contemporary crafts made by Cherokee artisans. Children will also learn how to play the butter bean game, a historic Cherokee counting game. The program will include a blowgun and atlatl […]

$5

History Cafe: “You Have to Start a Thing” Early Women in North Carolina Governance

Online Swannanoa Valley Museum, Black Mountain, NC

In 1894, Asheville became the birthplace of the women’s suffrage movement in North Carolina when Helen Morris Lewis formed the Equal Suffrage Association of North Carolina, the first of its kind in the state. In this online talk via Zoom, Catherine Amos and Katherine Cutshall will explore how Helen Morris Lewis, Lillian Exum Clement Stafford, […]

$2.50 – $5

The Haunted Valley Rally Driving Tour

Swannanoa Valley Museum 223 W State St, Black Mountain, NC

Take a driving tour through the myths and legends of the Swannanoa Valley. This approximately two hour tour will take you to some of the most haunted, historical and mythological places in the Valley. Learn about the ghosts who haunt the windows of Black Mountain homes, the mystery skeleton of the McKoy Building, the Spanish […]

$125 – $150

Historic North Fork Valley Tour of the Asheville Watershed – West

Black Mountain Savings Bank 200 East State Street, Black Mountain, NC

Join us on this exclusive historic driving tour of the west side of the Burnett Reservoir to explore part of the once thriving North Fork Valley community. The caravan will stop for participants to view the impressive chimney that was once part of a large boarding house where travelers on their way to Mt. Mitchell […]

$200

Webinar: Trade, Recruitment and Rebellion- Native Mediation of Spanish Colonization

Online Swannanoa Valley Museum, Black Mountain, NC

How did Native peoples receive and interact with Spanish conquistadors in the mid-16th century? Contrary to popular narratives, Native peoples were not passive victims of Spanish colonization. Instead, Native leaders mediated encounters with the Spanish towards their own goals, from soliciting trade, recruiting the Spanish for military expeditions, and even exterminating them when they posed […]

$5 – $10

Webinar: Crisis in Catawba Territory: Catawba Indian Women’s Interactions with Catawba and Non-Catawba Men, 1789-1828

Online Swannanoa Valley Museum, Black Mountain, NC

In this online event, Brooke Bauer will examine Catawba women’s interactions with the men in their world during a period of crisis. She will expand on our understanding of the roles and responsibilities that Catawba women held within their society concerning Catawba land. Oral history, combined with written sources, enhance our knowledge of Catawba women’s […]

$5 – $10

Swannanoa Valley Museum’s Holiday Open House

Swannanoa Valley Museum 223 W State St, Black Mountain, NC

Come celebrate the holiday season at the Swannanoa Valley Museum’s Holiday Open House! This event will be an opportunity to enjoy our nine-foot tall Christmas tree, listen to holiday music and enjoy our exhibits! As part of the Monte Vista Hotel’s “Deck the Trees” event, our Christmas tree will be richly decorated with the theme […]

FREE but can register online.

Webinar: Traditional Ornament Making

Swannanoa Valley Museum 223 W State St, Black Mountain, NC

In this online winter workshop, museum director LeAnne Johnson will discuss traditions of ornament making from the colonial era as well as the early 1900s, and demonstrate how to make traditional ornaments to decorate your home for the holidays. Using simple foods and spices, LeAnne will go over the steps in making aromatic and colorful […]

$5 – $10

Winter Workshop 1 (online): Fermentation Made Easy!

Online Swannanoa Valley Museum, Black Mountain, NC

In this workshop we will talk about why humans ferment food (hint: flavor, preservation, & health), we will discuss some of the history and culture of different fermentations, we will make a small batch of sauerkraut (you can follow along from home if you have a head of cabbage, salt, knife & cutting board, and […]

$8 – $12

Winter Workshop 2 (online): Mountain Songs for the Soul

Online Swannanoa Valley Museum, Black Mountain, NC

“Mountain Songs for the Soul” comes from the idea that singing traditional ballads and folk songs can strengthen us for hard times as well as help us celebrate the good times. Rooted in Southern Appalachian song traditions, musician Susan Pepper will pick from some of her favorites, explore where they come from —and teach them […]

$8 – $12

Winter Workshop 3 (online): Art from your Yard- Natural Pigment Tempera Paint and Smash Flower Art

Online Swannanoa Valley Museum, Black Mountain, NC

In this winter workshop, museum director LeAnne Johnson will teach how to make natural pigment tempera paint using egg yolk and pigments made right from your own yard. Grass for green, rock for gray, daisies for yellow- the colors are infinite! In the second half of the workshop, she’ll show attendees how to unwind with […]

$8 – $12

Historic North Fork Valley Tour of the Asheville Watershed – East

Swannanoa Valley Museum 223 W State St, Black Mountain, NC

Join us on this exclusive historic driving tour of the east side of the Burnett Reservoir to explore part of the once thriving North Fork Valley community. The trip stops at Sunalee Lodge, then to the home place of Champ Burnett. From there, we will drive to Colonel John Connally’s home site which has extensive […]

$150