The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area works to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the mountains and foothills of North Carolina.
The 25 western counties in North Carolina were designated a National Heritage Area by Congress in 2003. This honor was bestowed because of the rich natural and cultural heritage of Western North Carolina that shaped the history not only of the state, but also of the nation. We have some of the oldest mountains in the world, one of the oldest American cultures–the Cherokee, deeply rooted music and craft traditions, and foodways that are a blend of Native American, African American and European immigrant practices.
Combined, these five themes comprise a valuable national treasure. It’s up to all of us to protect, nurture, and pass them on to future generations.
Through our grants program, BRNHA has boosted local pride and heritage identity while creating new economic opportunities across the region through 154 different projects, including:
Help us protect and preserve our cultural and natural heritage with your donation today.
Blue Ridge National Heritage Area
195 Hemphill Knob Road
Asheville NC 28803
For more information contact Angie Chandler, Executive Director, 828-298-5339, ext. 307.
Financial information about the BRNHA and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-814-5400. The license is not an endorsement by the State.