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Mountain Gateway Museum

Welcome to the Mountain Gateway Museum and Heritage Center! 

The museum is the westernmost branch of the NC Museum of History family. As a part of the NC Department of Cultural resources, we are dedicated to bringing life to the wonderful history of our Old North State. The Mountain Gateway…

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Music and History at the Wilkes Heritage Museum

The Wilkes Heritage Museum, Inc. now finds it home in the newly restored 1902 Wilkes County Courthouse celebrating it's unique heritage as it seeks to preserve the past of Wilkes County. Since it's official opening in November 2005, the Wilkes Heritage Museum, Inc. has undoubtedly contributed to the education and…


Whippoorwhill Academy and the Tom Dooley Museum

The Tom Dooley Museum is part of the Whippoorwhill Academy and Village, a complex of restored buildings. The museum, housed in an old hewn-log cabin, features artifacts, photographs, paintings, and written information on the story of Tom Dula, who was hanged in 1868 for the murder of a young women…

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Sunday Afternoon Jam at the Mountain Gateway Museum

…at the Mountain Gateway Museum. A core group of musicians meets for an informal jam on the porch of the main building where visitors are welcome to join the jam. On cooler, wetter days the jam moves inside. Bluegrass and old time string band music is played and enjoyed year…

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Mountain Gateway Museum

Welcome to the Mountain Gateway Museum and Heritage Center!

The museum is the westernmost branch of the NC Museum of History family. As a part of the NC Department of Cultural resources, we are dedicated to bringing life to the wonderful history of our Old North State. The Mountain Gateway Museum

24 Water Street
Old Fort, NC 28762
Jam Session

Jamming at the Museum: Front Porch Old-Time Jam

…admission fee for the Museum that afternoon. Y'all come!

Cultural Center

NC Museum of History

The North Carolina Museum of History is the host location for the 2016 Long Leaf Film Festival. The North Carolina Museum of History alive with the past—your past. It is as full of life and personalities as it is people who care for the collection, people who interpret the collection,…

5 E. Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

21st Annual Cherokee Voices Festival

…and held at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council and the Museum. There are continuous activities throughout the event, but here are a few exciting times to remember: 11:00 am – Blowgun Contest 12:00 pm – Traditional Meal (for purchase) 3:00 pm –…

Cultural Center

Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

Experience Art and Discover History at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum featuring year round exhibits, cultural programs, art workshops, lectures. You can find something for everyone.

159 Chestnut Street
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Historic Site

Wilkes Heritage Museum and the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame

…houses the Wilkes Heritage Museum and the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame. Developed to preserve and celebrate the musical heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Hall of Fame interprets the history of the musical forms that are traditional to the region and highlight many of the outstanding artists…

100 East Main Street
Wilkesboro, NC 28697
Cultural Center

Museum of Ashe County History

The Museum of Ashe County History, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the re-purposing of the historic 1904 Ashe County Courthouse building as a county heritage museum for our citizens, their children and our many friends who come to visit. We use the objects, documents and images we collect…

301 East Main Street
Jefferson, NC 28640

Earle Theatre Nearby

Andy Griffith Museum: A short walk from the Earle is the Andy Griffith Museum, a small museum chock full of memorabilia from the Andy Griffith TV show. Mount Airy, Griffith’s hometown, was the model for Mayberry. You can still get a pork chop sandwich at the Snappy Lunch across the…

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Whippoorwill Academy and the Tom Dooley Museum

The museum, housed in an old hewn-log cabin, features artifacts, photographs, paintings, and written information on the story of Tom Dula. The Tom Dooley Museum is part of the Whippoorwill Academy and Village, a complex of restored buildings created and cared for by Edith Carter. Approximately 12 miles from Wilkesboro,…

11929 NC 268
Ferguson, NC 28624
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Music on the Green

2016 Music on the Green lineup includes: May 22 - The Sheets Family; a variety of old time music, wonderful vocals and banjo, guitar, and an Albert Hash fiddle being played. June 26 - Generation Excellent; a patriotic program July 24 - In Harmony; really nice harmony on pop music…

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Summer Concerts at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

…first served and the museum opens at 1 p.m. on Sundays during the summer. Each concert will have an intermission, during which drinks and locally farmed light refreshments will be available. The food will be provided by the generosity of Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture. 2018 Upcoming Concerts: August 19…


Mount Airy Museum of Regional History

A self-guided tour of the Museum can be an exciting and educational experience. The foundation of the tour is laid when you read the inscription on the large granite panel near the reception desk, and then look up at the 100-foot mural. The mural is an accurate painting of the…

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Smith-McDowell House Museum

…and extensive restorations, the Museum opened in 1981. Today, the restored Smith-McDowell House is a nonprofit museum and is included in the National Register of Historic Places. It is the finest surviving example of brick antebellum architecture in Western North Carolina.

283 Victoria Road
Asheville, NC 28801
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Cherokee Heritage Days

…of every month, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian offers a family-friendly fun day of free cultural activities including traditional dancing, storytelling, cultural arts demonstrations, genealogy workshops, hands-on craft workshops and more. Traditional food is available on-site, weather permitting. Jerry Wolfe, Beloved Man of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians,…

White Horse Nearby

…the Prodigal. Swannanoa Valley Museum and Black Mountain Center for the Arts: The museum and the arts center on State Street highlight the history of the valley that was the “way west” for many immigrants in the 18th and 19th centuries and the arts that have long been a part…


Tom Dooley Day

Tom Dula from “Hang Down your Head Tom Dooley” fame lived in the village of Ferguson, N.C during the 1800’s until he was hanged for the murder of Laura Foster. Tom Dooley Day is an annual celebration of the mid-nineteenth century culture and lifestyle of the Yadkin River Valley with…


Twilight Tour & and Appalachian Christmas Music at Smith-McDowell House

Enjoy an evening visit to the Smith-McDowell House. Our Tour theme is Appalachian Christmas Music and we offer a variety of traditional mountain carols performed by string band and vocal performers, adults and children. Each song performance will lead you through the decorated Smith-McDowell House on this once-a-year after hours…


Festival on the Square

…supports the Old Jail Museum and various art and history events for the schools and the community. The Old Jail Museum will be open both days of the Festival, as well.

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Grandfather Mountain

…shop; a natural history museum; hiking trails; friendly naturalists; gift shops and a restaurant.

Open year round, winter weather permitting. 

Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days


US 221
Linville, NC 28646

New Grant Awards Will Support Music Trails Exhibits, Programs, and Concert Venues

…at the Smith-McDowell House Museum. Wilkes Heritage Museum: $10,000 to expand the museum’s Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame exhibit and event space. Will & Deni McIntyre Foundation: $15,000 to support the national broadcast of David Holt’s State of Music series which showcases Western North Carolina’s bluegrass, old-time, and gospel…

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Carolina in the Fall Music & Food Festival

Wilkes County’s own The Kruger Brothers will once again be the Festival hosts and welcome some of North Carolina’s best Folk/ Roots music bands. They will be joined by bands from other regions that tip their hats to the rich musical history of Wilkes, the Heart of American Folk Music™.…

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Museum of the Cherokee Indian

Located in Cherokee, NC, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian strives to perpetuate the history, culture, & stories of the Cherokee people. All exhibits, restrooms, Museum Store, and Education Wing are ADA accessible. Service animals are permitted. Handicapped parking available in front of entrance. Featured Exhibits include: Story of the…

589 Tsali Boulevard
Cherokee, NC 28719
Historic Site

Cradle of Forestry in America, Pisgah National Forest

…Discovery Center, an interpretive museum that tells the history of the school and of forestry in the United States. Craftspeople give demonstrations at indoor and outdoor exhibit areas on most weekends.

11250 Pisgah Highway (NC Highway 276)
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

Sims BBQ Nearby

…Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM) has an excellent permanent collection and traveling exhibits. Lots of shops, galleries, and eateries line the beautified streets. Boone: A university town, Boone hosts many events both on and off campus. Have your picture taken with Doc Watson, whose bronze statue is seated on…


Cecil Sharp Historic Photographs Exhibit

This is the first US exhibit of rare, century-old photos taken by British song collector Cecil Sharp. The photographs feature some of the singers Sharp visited during his travels. Cecil Sharp and his assistant Maud Karpeles collected variants of English ballads between 1916-1918; their collecting work began in Hot Springs,…

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Salt & Light Bluegrass Band in Concert

In the music business, it is commonly said that a band has to either create or copy. Salt and Light, an all-sibling band from North Carolina, has chosen to create. This decision, along with each of the band members’ vast range of influences, has enabled them to derive their own…

Cultural Center

Mount Airy Museum of Regional History

A self-guided tour of the Museum can be an exciting and educational experience. The foundation of the tour is laid when you read the inscription on the large granite panel near the reception desk, and then look up at the 100-foot mural. The mural is an accurate painting of the…

301 North Main Street
Mount Airy, NC 27030

Cowee - Nearby Attractions

…Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum. The Little Tennessee River Greenway is one of more than a thousand such trails snaking their way across America turning old canals, abandoned rail beds and forgotten riverbanks into green recreational corridors. The Greenway consists of a five-mile, 13-foot wide, hiking and bicycling trail that…

Outdoor Setting

Hanging Rock State Park

…offerings of a park museum that explores the natural and cultural history of the Sauratown Mountains.

1790 Hanging Rock Park Road
Danbury, NC 27016

Drexel Nearby

…at the Waldensian Heritage Museum and stay to enjoy music every Friday during the summer at the Family Friday Nights. Morganton: This small city is home of Senator Sam Ervin, Jr. who was notable during both the Joseph McCarthy and the Watergate hearings. Visit the Sam J. Ervin Jr. Library…

David Holt’s State of Music Season 2 Airs on UNC-TV

…Mipso at Alamance Historical Museum July 13 at 9:30 pm- Kruger Brothers July 20 at 9:30 pm- Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver at Henderson County Courthouse Museum; St. John AME Zion Unity Choir in Kinston, NC July 27 at 9:30 pm- Dom Flemons at the Warren Store, followed immediately by… July…

Glenn Bolick: Songs and Stories of His Youth

Glenn Bolick grew up in Caldwell County surrounded by sawmilling, storytelling, and music, and today he carries on these three traditions. Glenn’s early musical influence came from hearing his grandparents and aunt sing unaccompanied shape-note gospel hymns in three-part harmony. He also had a battery-powered radio and would listen to…

Historic Site

McElroy House Gardens

At the Rush Wray Museum, 

you will step back in time as you enter the McElroy House. The Georgian style home built in the 1840’s by local businessman John Wesley McElroy has seven fireplaces and an L wing to the back of the home. Much of the house appears as…

106 West Main Street
Burnsville, NC 28714

Grants Available for Music Projects

…2:00 - 3:00 pm Museum of the Cherokee Indian 589 Tsali Boulevard Cherokee, NC Marion Thursday, July 14, 2016 2:00 – 3:00 pm Marion Train Depot 58 Depot Street Marion, NC Wilkesboro Monday, July 18, 2016 2:00 - 3:00 pm Wilkes Heritage Museum 100 East Main Street Wilkesboro, NC Asheville…

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Pickin’ on the Porch & Jammin’ in the Shade

…House and Rush Wray Museum. Musicians and singers gather together and play music for the afternoon. Playing singularly or in groups. Ron and Minnie Powell host and open each session with “My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains” and “Keep on the Sunny Side” closes the event. Chairs are provided.…

Earl Scruggs Center Featured In Washington Post

…new destination. “The two-level museum, with most information downstairs, is easy to maneuver. Friendly volunteer guides elaborate on displays and make sure that your earbuds, free with a ticket purchase, are properly plugged into the many audio kiosks. I have to think that Scruggs would be proud of this place…

Retail / Other

Pisgah View Ranch

…and special events; Pioneer Museum that was established in 1790 and is filled with artifacts from over the years; Golfing, whitewater rafting, the Biltmore Estate and other attractions nearby. No minimum stay required.

70 Pisgah View Ranch Road
Candler, NC 28715

Roots of American Music Exhibition at the Blue Ridge Music Center

…of planning, this state-of-the-art museum, The Roots of American Music, is one of the finest and most interactive in the Blue Ridge today. The exhibition continues to draw visitors from across the US and around the world. The exhibition is open during regular business hours and later on concert nights.


Cherokee Heritage Festival in Hayesville

…Clay County “Old Jail” Museum and arts & crafts by regional artists. The Clay County Chamber of Commerce offers information about the area.


Aldersgate Apple Butter Festival

…Lake Lure) a Schiele museum exhibit, artisans and vendors and a bouncy house for the kids, hot dogs and hamburgers at lunchtime. It's a bushel of fun!

Historic Site

The Historic Cove Creek School

…commerce, recreation, and a museum. The purpose of MusicFest ‘N Sugar Grove is to maintain CCP&D’s funding of the Historic Cove Creek School and efforts of community preservation. CCP&D, along with Appalachian State University’s Sustainable Development Outreach, share the vision of maintaining the Historic Cove Creek Community.

207 Dale Adams Road
Sugar Grove, NC 28679
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Pickin’ On the Square at the Earl Scruggs Center

…Interested in visiting the museum? Special during the Pickin’ – Pickers get in free! Regular admission is $12 per person and $8 for 62+ older. All active duty military personnel and veterans receive complimentary admission made possible by the City of Shelby’s exhibit sponsorship.

Clay’s Corner - Nearby Attractions

…In the next door museum, you will see many authentic Cherokee artifacts, and you can walk the two-mile Quanassee Path, a Cherokee History Trail that leads from the Homestead exhibit through the Cherokee Botanical Sanctuary to Spikebuck Mound. Driving directions: Coming from Chattanooga, take US Hwy. 64 east off I75;…

Roger Howell Documentary Selected for Longleaf Film Festival

…at the North Carolina Museum of History’s Longleaf Film Festival, May 13th-14th, 2016. Titled A Mighty Fine Memory: Stories and Tunes from the Fiddler of Banjo Branch, the half-hour documentary was produced by the Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies at Mars Hill University. The film will be shown…

Outdoor Setting

Haywood County Courthouse

…winning theater, and The Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts at the historic Shelton House; historic B&B's and Inns, a general store, book store, bakery, chocolate shop, brew pub, Christmas shop, clothing, jewelry and furniture stores, mountain trout, mountain golf, mountain music & dance, clean air, clean water, cool summers, dramatic…

285 North Main Street
Waynesville, NC 28786
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Tom Johnson Marion Campground

…Linville Caverns and Falls, Museum of North Carolina Minerals, restaurants, specialty shops and more. The campground is also located near the beautifully landscaped grounds and large indoor showroom of the original Tom Johnson Camping Center location, and our extensive selection of new and pre-owned RVs offers something for every budget.…

1885 US 70 West
Marion, NC 28752
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Women! Mount Airy Old-Time Retreat

…Andy Griffith Playhouse and Museum locations. Classes include fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, and mandolin, vocals/dancing. There will also be jams that incorporate dancing. Classes will be small as retreat attendance is limited to no more than 50. Participants are free to change classes until class size limit is met. 2019…

Jan Davidson

…Ph.D. in folklore and museum studies. I grew up in downtown Murphy in an old house that was built by my grandmother’s father, my great-granddaddy Robert Alexander Akin. When I was a kid, there was a church on one side of it and a funeral home next to that, and…

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Mid-Day Mountain Music at the Blue Ridge Music Center

…Center’s Visitors Center and Museum. 2018 Performer Schedule: Mondays – The Buck Mountain Band (old-time mountain music) Tuesdays - Scott Freeman & Willard Gayheart (traditional folk) Wednesdays – Bill & Maggie Anderson Thursdays – Scott Freeman & Willard Gayheart Fridays – Bluegrass JAM (open to the public – must have…


Mountain Heritage Day

…Center is an award-winning museum of southern Appalachian culture and history, and a regional resource for education and research, with more information available at

Outdoor Setting

Downtown Waynesville, NC

…winning theater, and The Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts at the historic Shelton House, Historic Inns and B&Bs, Mast General Store, The Strand Theater, book store, bakeries, markets, chocolate shop, brew pubs, fly fishing shop, dog bakery, quilt store, flower shop, clothing, shoes & boots, hair & nails, jewelry, antiques,…

9 South Main Street
Waynesville, NC 28786


…making it into a museum piece. You’re reenacting an exact style of music, and that’s making it a dead thing. It’s like you’re putting it away and saying, “Well, this is over.” But if you just let it live and play a style in the way it naturally goes, but…

Songbook Social Media Training

…10, 1pm to 4pm, Museum of the Cherokee Indians Education Room, Cherokee, NC. COMPLETED Wednesday, March 16, 10 am to 1pm, Old Rock School, Valdese, NC. COMPLETED Saturday, April 16, 11am to 2pm, NC Dept. of Natural & Cultural Resources Building, Asheville, NC. COMPLETED Tuesday, May 17, 1pm to 4pm,…

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Traditional Concert Series at Tyler-Tallman Hall

…Staff Historian with Levine Museum of the New South, will be our emcee for the evening. March 21 - The Whitewater Bluegrass Company, 7:30 pm. An ensemble that has worked together for over thirty-five years, the Whitewater Bluegrass Company is a pure as bluegrass gets, including jokes as corny as…

Road Trippin’ Takes Viewers Along the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina

…Northa Carolina. Wilkes Heritage Museum - Home of the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame Bluff Mountain Festival - Great bluegrass music, local arts, food & beautiful setting at this mountain festival. Bryson City, Music in the Mountains - A free concert series at the historic depot held the 1st…

Grant Awards Announced for 2015

…Roger Howell Mount Airy Museum of Regional History: $6,500 to support the development of a traveling exhibit on dulcimer makers Parkway Playhouse: $6,000 for upgrades to the Burnsville theater’s lighting and sound systems to support further music programming Surry Arts Council: $5,000 for sound system and exhibit improvements at the…

Suggested Itineraries

…Visit the Swannanoa Valley Museum, the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, the Red House Art Gallery next to the historic Monte Vista Hotel. The old depot is a craft co-op, and you can visit a restored caboose next door if you like railroad history. And have your picture taken…