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Swannanoa Valley Museum

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WAYNE B wrote a review Jun 2019
Fort Myers, Florida770 contributions138 helpful votes
If you have the time while at Black Mountain don’t forget to stop here. It has a lot of information and history about the area. It is free but do accept donations.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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stillgoin wrote a review Jun 2019
Buffalo, New York111 contributions19 helpful votes
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A very well-done history of the Swannanoa Valley, which includes Asheville (which, it seems, doesn't have a history museum). Very professional exhibits. On the second floor, there is a history of the area, including many artifacts and well-done interpretive signs. On the first floor, the exhibit changes. When I was there, the exhibit was Beacon Blankets: the Mill. Apparently it was a big employer at one time, now gone like so much industry in the rural United States. History museums help to give me the sense of place that I like to experience when traveling. This museum was no exception. Here, I got some notion of how, in an area not only rural but relatively isolated by the mountains, cities didn't grow; company towns did. I was told that you could still see some of the company houses (now, of course, privately owned) are still in use. The docent was very helpful, as were other visitors. They advised me to go see the Grove Park Inn in Ashevile, which turned out to be one of the highlights of my visit.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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MyrtleBeach60 wrote a review Sep 2018
Columbia, South Carolina187 contributions99 helpful votes
Watch the video of Black Mountain College and play with the train upstairs...two of our favorites. Nice collection of artifacts and treasures with good documentation. We spent over an hour but you could easily take less time if you needed. There is no fee but a $5 donation is accepted.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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aecsmith83 wrote a review Jan 2018
Black Mountain, North Carolina3 contributions2 helpful votes
We had a terrific time visiting the museum. It is in the town's old fire house and has two galleries - one with changing exhibits that featured an exhibit from Boston on Rafael Guastavino who built the Boston Public Library, Ellis Island, and the Biltmore Estate and retired in Black Mountain. Upstairs was lots of fun and had displays on local history including touch exhibits where you could type on a typewriter and dial a rotary phone. Well worth a visit. Entry is by donation.
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Date of experience: November 2017
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Naturelover212 wrote a review Dec 2017
Asheville, North Carolina69 contributions40 helpful votes
We recently had a chance to visit this museum to see the excellent exhibit on the builder and architect, Rafael Guastavino entitled "Palaces for the People" who spent his last years in Black Mountain before he died. The entire first floor was taken over by this temporary, excellent show. The second floor has a permanent collection on the history of Buncombe Co. which was also highly informative and featured many local artifacts. Although the museum is small, one could spend up to an hour or more browsing and learning about the history of the area. It's a good way to take a break from shopping and eating in the delightful town of Black Mountain! The museum is not open year round, so it's best to contact them before heading there.
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Date of experience: November 2017
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