Photos courtesy of Crossnore School, Inc.
Activities & Interests
Crossnore Weavers and Gallery
A vibrant piece of Southern Appalachian history lives on today at the Crossnore Weavers and Gallery in Crossnore, North Carolina. This working museum, housed in what is commonly known as the "Weaving Room," features a fine art gallery, weaving studio, exhibits, and a retail shop whose proceeds benefit The Crossnore School, a private, non-profit children's home.
Keeping Traditional Appalachian Crafts Alive
Founded in 1913 by Mary Martin Sloop, the Weaving Room was created to keep alive the art of hand-weaving, to give an economic opportunity to women, and to promote The Crossnore School through the sale of beautiful hand-woven goods all over the world.
The recently renovated museum highlights the history of The Crossnore School's weaving program from its beginnings in 1920. Exhibits include a timeline, history of the building, and weaving samples. Special displays celebrate "Women of the Weaving Room" and the Weaving Room's central figures, Mrs. Newbern Johnson, known to all as "Aunt Newbie," and Ossie Phillips, who managed the weaving program for over thirty years.
A Working Studio and Museum
The museum shares space with the Weaving Room's studio area. Here the looms come to life as actual weavers continue to practice the art of Appalachian hand-weaving. Visitors are welcome to try their hand at weaving on an old WPA loom, practically an exhibit all by itself.
The Weaving Room at Crossnore School was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001. Just across the road is E. H. Sloop Chapel, built in 1956 by Mary Sloop for her husband, Dr. Eustace Sloop, which features one of the Ben Long Frescoes, Suffer the Little Children, which was completed in July, 2006.
Click on the link below to hear a Living Traditions Moment about Crossnore Weaving
Hours of Operation
Monday through Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hours of operation and fees are subject to change. Contact directly for most current information.
Crossnore Weavers and Gallery
205 Johnson Lane
Crossnore, NC 28616
From I -40: Take Exit 105 Morganton on Highway 181, travel north about 30 miles, turn left at Pineola (Highway 221 South), go 2.3 miles to blinking light, turn right onto Crossnore Drive .5 miles, turn right onto Johnson Lane approximately 50 yards; Crossnore Weavers and Gallery: A Working Museum is on the left.
Crossnore can also be reached from I-40 Exit 85 Marion on Highway 221 North, travel approximately 30 miles to blinking light, turn left onto Crossnore Drive .5 miles, turn right onto Johnson Lane approximately 50 yards; Crossnore Weavers and Gallery: A Working Museum is on the left.
From Linville: at the four-way traffic light, head south on Highway 221, go 6 miles to blinking light, turn right onto Crossnore Drive .5 miles; turn right onto Johnson Lane approximately 50 yards; Crossnore Weavers and Gallery: A Working Museum is on the left.
From the Blue Ridge Parkway: at Milepost 317, take the Linville Falls and Highway 221 exit; head north on Highway 221 approximately 5.2 miles to blinking light; turn left onto Crossnore Drive .5 miles, turn right onto Johnson Lane approximately 50 yards: Crossnore Weavers and Gallery: A Working Museum is on the left.
- Linville Gorge and Falls (5 miles)
Linville Gorge, near Linville Falls, NC, is the deepest and one of the most rugged and scenic gorges in the eastern United States.
- Avery County Historical Museum (5 miles)
The Avery County Historical Museum, in Newland, NC, features exhibits on railroads, Civil War history, and Lulu Belle and Scotty.
- Linville (6 miles)
Visitors can see the careful planning that went into its development by taking a stroll through the Linville Historic District.