- Redeemable: 01/01/2021 - 06/30/2021
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.
Based on a book of the same name, Ann Miller Woodford's exhibit, "When All God's Children Get Together: A Celebration of the Lives and Music of … more
VIRTUAL: All good things must come to an end. On Thursday, July 29, Dr. Erica Abrams Locklear of UNCA will conclude our Intro to WNC Lecture Series … more
Ready to hit the old dusty trail and explore the history of the Buncombe Turnpike? Join us Saturday, August 7 as special guest Lauren May of the Vance … more
VIRTUAL: Join us (virtually) on Tuesday, August 12 at 6:30pm as we bring you a multi-generational discussion of Asheville’s historic Shiloh community. … more
VIRTUAL: Join us Tuesday, August 24 at 6PM for a special LitCafé event. WNCHA Executive Director Anne Chesky Smith will discuss her new book Murder at … more