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Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center

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223 W. State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
828-669-9566 www.swannanoavalleymuseum.org

March 2020

Winter Workshop: Introduction to Appalachian Ballad Singing

Saturday, March 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W. State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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March 7, 2020, 1:00pm-3:30pm Come enjoy a workshop on Southern Appalachian ballads, or “story songs,” brought over from the British-Isles and passed through oral tradition in the Southern Mountains. Ballad singer Saro Lynch-Thomason will share some of her favorite ballads from Western North Carolina, Kentucky, and West Virginia. The songs covered will include tales of enchanted boars, valiant women sailors, and (of course) romantic tragedy! Saro will teach these songs in a sing-and-repeat (or, “knee to knee”) fashion accessible to…

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Winter Workshop: Introduction to Appalachian Folk Medicine

Saturday, March 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W. State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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When: March 14, 2020, 1:00-3:00pm Where: Black Mountain Public Library, 105 N Dougherty St, Black Mountain Learn the fundamentals of Appalachian Folk medicine as a living practice. In this class we will explore the broad cultural influences that make the Appalachian region and it’s folk healing practices unique- from European humoral medicine to West African spiritual traditions. Key plant species used and classic remedies will be covered and we’ll sample a few ourselves. Come ready to taste, mix, touch and…

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Historic North Fork Valley Tour of the Asheville Watershed-East

Saturday, March 28 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W. State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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When: March 28th, 9:30 am to 2:30pm An exclusive historic driving tour of the east side of the Burnett Reservoir that explores 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 ruins including two standing chimneys. The caravan will make a stop to include a short 5 -10 minute walk from the…

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April 2020

Appalachian Spring Tea

Saturday, April 4 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W. State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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Museum's 3rd annual Appalachian Spring Tea will be held at Camp Rockmont for Boys, the former (and final) home of Black Mountain College from 1941 – 1957. Enjoy sweet, savory, and scone courses – and bottomless black tea – while learning about the history of this experimental college (and experiencing some modern-day, avant-garde performance!). To purchase tickets and More information: https://www.history.swannanoavalleymuseum.org/event/appalachian-spring-tea/

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Swannanoa Valley Museum Season Opening

Saturday, April 18 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W. State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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Featuring "Unearthing Our Forgotten Past: Fort San Juan" Exhibit

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Mid Week Wildflower Walk

Tuesday, April 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W. State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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Learn to identify both common and rare Appalachian wildflowers on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Led by Joe and Mary Standaert, local historians and members of the Western Carolina Botanical Club, this hike will follow the Mountain-to-Sea Trail from Bull Gap to Craven Gap. Along the way, we hope to see Dwarf Larkspur (Delphinium tricorne), Shooting Stars (Dodecatheon meadia), Yellow Lady Slipper Orchids (Cypripedium parviflorum), Carey’s Saxifrage (Saxifraga careyana), Small-flowered Phacelia (Phacelia dubia), Nodding Mandarin (Prosartes maculata), Hairy Leaf-cup (Smallanthus uvedalius), and…

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May 2020

Old Toll Road 4WD Caravan to Camp Alice

Saturday, May 2 @ 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W. State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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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. As many as 150 cars drove the road each day. The opening of the modern, paved Blue Ridge Parkway in 1939, which provided free access to Mount Mitchell, led to the road’s closure. Today, the remnants of the former toll road remain undisturbed…

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July 2020

Independence Day Sunset Fireworks Hike

Saturday, July 4 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W. State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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Difficulty Rating: Moderate, 3 miles Cost: $40 for members, $55 for nonmembers, $30 under 18 Hike to the peak of Sunset Mountain,  enjoy an old-fashioned watermelon cutting, and then stay to watch the sun set and the fireworks explode over the town of Black Mountain. Hike leaders will share the history and vintage photographs of this most historic place. Bring: Bring your dinner, water for the hike, drinks, a flash light, poncho (just in case), camera, and warm clothes or…

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October 2020

Annual Haunted House Tours

Friday, October 23 @ 5:00 pm - Saturday, October 24 @ 9:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W. State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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Details TBA.

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November 2020

Historic North Fork Valley Tour of the Asheville Watershed – West

Saturday, November 7 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W. State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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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 would stay before they began the ascent to the highest peak in eastern North America. The tour will also stop at the former entrance to Governor Zebulon Vance’s estate,…

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Seven Sisters Peak Hike

Saturday, November 14 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W. State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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The Seven Sisters peaks are a familiar sight from Lake Tomahawk. While the Seven Sisters span an expanse of only 3.5 miles, hiking up to and across the range is a strenuous, 9.5-mile distance. Along the way, hike leaders will share historical anecdotes about the peak’s nomenclature, social history, geography, and ecology. The hike has several panoramic views. This hike is recommended only for experienced hikers. Difficulty: Strenuous, 9.5 miles; This will be a daylong hike across all seven peaks.…

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