The Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center is the primary museum of local history in Buncombe County. As of September 2020, the Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center is open Thursday - Saturday from 10 - 5. The museum offers socoally-distanced events and online workshops year around. It is located 20 minutes from Asheville. Permanent exhibits chronicle the history of the area - known as the "front porch of western North Carolina" - from native culture and colonization up to the present day. Temporary changing exhibits highlight topics of regional and national interest and have included Guastavino tile domes, Black Mountain College, textile manufacturing, Appalachian music, arts and crafts traditions, and moonshine.
The Museum also offers many events each month that interpret the history of the area. Monthly history cafes and book club discussions explore regional culture and events. In addition, monthly hikes explore high, hidden, and historic places, and historic tours take people to places of interest throughout the region.
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 … more
VIRTUAL: How did Native peoples receive and interact with Spanish conquistadors in the mid-16th century? Contrary to popular narratives, Native … more
VIRTUAL: 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 … more