Western North Carolina: A Historical Treasure Trove

History in the Mountains

Western North Carolina is a bounty of historical sites - a true gem for the traveling historical buff.  With all of the many adrenaline inducing activities from which to choose, it’s sometimes easy to overlook the fact that this area has a rich cultural history dating back to its inception.  The Carolina Mornings Team is so proud of our home in the mountains, we compiled this brief - but by no means all inclusive - list of sites to visit.

Mountain Heritage Center

Just a short drive from Asheville, in Cullowhee, NC, the Mountain Heritage Center boasts natural world exhibitions that focus on the mountain societies that birthed the towns and cities that we know and love today.  A revolving door of temporary exhibits include blacksmithing traditions, Cherokee myths and legends, and the Appalachian craft movement.  They've even been known to put on a bluegrass concert or two!  

Western North Carolina Nature Center

Located in Asheville, the Nature Center is one of the city’s most important museums.  With a focus on plant and animal wildlife in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, the center is vital for representing and understanding our flourishing world of our local flora and fauna.  

Cradle of Forestry

Located about 14 miles northwest of Brevard, this major attraction was once a part of the Biltmore Estate.  Established in 1898, Dr. Carl Schenck chose this location to first practice forest conservation and to that end, started the nation’s first forestry school.  The museum boasts guided tours, unique exhibits, historic buildings and three paved trails leading to the school of forestry.

Mountain Farm Museum

Located in Cherokee, NC, this year round attraction is a wonderful resource for visitors looking to tap into the past.  Featuring an outdoor collection of historic farm buildings, including a blacksmith shop, gardens, and orchards, the Mountain Farm Museum is a must see!

Museum of the Cherokee Indian

Also located in Cherokee, NC, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian combines modern day tech with an extensive collection of artifacts to create a comprehensive and exciting educational event.  

When visiting Asheville and the surrounding towns, a stop at one or more of these sites is a fantastic plan for families, friends, and couples.  Baske in the glory of our rich history!  To schedule your mountain vacation, contact Carolina Mornings at 877-902-9441. A professional Vacation Planner will help line up your vacation rental accommodations, Biltmore Estate tickets, and outdoor adventures such as ziplining and whitewater rafting (included with every Carolina Mornings Rental!)

By: Dana Carrico

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