- Redeemable: 01/01/2021 - 03/31/2021
Just a few miles from George Vanderbilt’s grand Biltmore Estate is a different kind of mansion – one that was nearly 50 years old when … more
Just a few miles from George Vanderbilt’s grand Biltmore Estate is Buck House, a different kind of mansion – one that was nearly 50 years old when Vanderbilt began construction. Saddled on a ridge between two hills south of Asheville, ringed by picturesque mountains and overlooking the confluence of two great rivers, Buck House was constructed around 1840, over twenty years before the Civil War, primarily – and most likely exclusively – by enslave laborers.
During a time when most people lived in wood frame houses, the imposing structure was composed of brick, a rarity in early 19th century Asheville. Today it is known as the Smith-McDowell House and functions as the headquarters of the Western North Carolina Historical Association, a historic house museum, an exhibit space, and a center for youth history education. It is included on the National Register of Historic Places and is the finest surviving example of brick antebellum architecture in western North Carolina.
\Saturday March 20, 2021 History hike through DuPont Forest. What is an airstrip doing in the middle of DuPont State Recreational Forest? Why the … more
VIRTUAL: Join us virtually as Dr. Ben Steere of Western Carolina University presents research from his forthcoming book The Fire Yet Burns in These … more
VIRTUAL: LitCafé: John Ehle’s The Road w Steve Little and Dr. Richard Starnes. Join us April 13 at 6pm. This third event in our LitCafé series … more
This is one special hike you do not want to miss! After reading and discussing John Ehle’s work of historical fiction The Road, join WNCHA for a … more
VIRTUAL: Join us for the third event in our Intro to WNC Lecture Series. Rep. John Ager will discuss the drover’s road through the Hickory Nut Gap and … more
VIRTUAL: LitCafe: Mary Othella Burnette presents Lige of the Black Walnut Tree. For the third installment of this year’s LitCafe series, we are very … more
VIRTUAL: Join us for our fourth installment in the WNC History Lecture Series. Asheville native and WNCHA board member Kieta Osteen-Cochrane will … more