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Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts

The Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts in Waynesville, North Carolina, showcases distinctive art, handicrafts, and furniture created by North Carolina artists. An outgrowth of an annual State Fair exhibit, "Village of Yesteryear," the museum's displays include intricate woodworking, weaving, quilting, pottery, dolls, a Native American room, and many other artifacts.

The Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts is housed in the historic Shelton House, home to Stephen Jehu Shelton and then to his son William Taylor Shelton, founder of the Shiprock New Mexico Navajo Indian Reservation and School. The house, an excellent example of a typical Charleston-style farmhouse of the era, was built in 1875 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The architecture features stately columns, a double veranda, a central foyer leading into a dining hall, and a labyrinthine second floor layout. The restored interior is furnished with antiques.

In addition to its extensive crafts collection, the Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts also exhibits many artifacts and furniture pieces collected and preserved from as far back as the 18th century. This collection includes hand woven coverlets, hand-sewn quilts, fired pottery, sculptured porcelain, dulcimers, hand painted china, pewter crafts, antique woven baskets, and hand crafted porcelain dolls.

Hours of Operation

Open Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, May through October. Call for winter hours.

Admission Fees

Adults: $6
Students: $5
Children under 5 years of age: free
Groups of 10 or more: $5 per person

Hours of operation and fees are subject to change. Contact directly for most current information.


The museum is located on the corner of US 276 South and Shelton Street, two blocks south of Main Street in Waynesville, NC.

Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts
49 Shelton Street
Waynesville, NC 28786
(828) 452-1551


Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts

49 Shelton Street
Waynesville, NC 28786

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