The Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center is the primary museum of local history in Buncombe County. The Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10 - 5 from April - November and offers hikes and events 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 documentary film screenings 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.
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 … more
Our June film selection from Appalshop is “Quilting Women” (1976). In addition to the film, museum representatives will also display quilts from SVM’s … more
Join us on Monday, June 24 for a presentation by Presbyterian Heritage Center Director Ron Vinson on the World War II detention of Axis diplomats, … more
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 … more
Our July film selection from Appalshop is “Peace Stories” (1991). From Appalshop: “In Peace Stories, three men from the South recount their war … more
Sarah Gudger’s oral history from the 1930s Federal Writer’s Project Slave Narratives is the only written, personal eyewitness account of a person who … more