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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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: 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

Online SVM Book Club Discussion: Hotter Than a Pepper Sprout

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

Join the Swannanoa Valley Museum for an online book club discussion of award-winning songwriter Billy Edd Wheeler’s autobiography “Hotter Than a Pepper Sprout.” Registrants will receive a Zoom link before the event starts.

Free

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

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

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

Beacon Blankets Make Warm Friends Day

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

Shop all things Beacon Blankets while visiting the Museum's exhibit about the textile mill in Swannanoa that was once the largest in the world! Jerry and Kathy Brownstein will be signing and selling copies of their book, "Beacon Blankets Make Warm Friends," which relates the history of the company and highlights their collectible blankets, robes, […]

Free

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

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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Valley History Explorer Moderate Hike Series Interest Meeting

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

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 Valley History Explorer Moderate Hike Series Interest Meeting Learn about our moderate hiking series, the Valley History Explorer Series during this free informational meeting. The Valley History Explorer Hiking Series offers the opportunity to revisit the past of the unique communities that make up the Swannanoa Valley through 8 moderate​, 3-mile​ […]

Free

Hike Interest Meeting at Swannanoa Valley Museum

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

Learn about the Swannanoa Rim Hike Series during this free informational meeting. The meeting will provide an introduction to the program offerings, details about the individual hikes, advice for hikers, and information about our scholarships. The  Swannanoa Rim Explorer Hiking Series consists of 11 hikes that take place each month over the course of a year and will […]