Historic Sites

Historic Sites in Western North Carolina

The North Carolina mountains and foothills are home to over 400 historic sites including buildings and districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the country's official list of buildings and sites that are significant in American architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture.

Many historic sites in the North Carolina mountains received a further distinction by the Governor's Year of the Mountains Commission in 1996, which designated select sites as "Cultural Treasures" for their cultural or historic significance to the region.

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These historic sites in Western NC preserve the rich history of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, from the earliest, prehistoric peoples to the Cherokee to the European and African immigrants who arrived in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The historic homes reflect a wide diversity of lifestyles, from humble pioneer homes in the Cataloochee Valley to the grandeur of George Vanderbilt's Biltmore Estate.

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Most of these historic sites are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. North Carolina historic sites designated as "Cultural Treasures" include:

Basilica of Saint Lawrence (Asheville, NC)
Biltmore Estate (Asheville, NC)
Carl Sandburg Home (Flat Rock, NC)
Carson House (Old Fort, NC)
Cataloochee Valley (Great Smoky Mountains National Park)
Cradle of Forestry (near Brevard, NC)
Fort Defiance (Lenoir, NC)
Historic Flat Rock (Flat Rock, NC)
Historic Johnson Farm (Hendersonville, NC)
Linville Historic District (Linville, NC)
Mingus Mill (Great Smoky Mountains National Park)
Moses Cone Manor (near Blowing Rock, NC)
Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts (Waynesville, NC)
Old Wilkes Jail (Wilkesboro, NC)
Saint John's Episcopal Church (Rutherfordton, NC)
Thomas Wolfe Memorial (Asheville, NC)
Vance Birthplace (Weaverville, NC)
Waldensian Presbyterian Church (Valdese, NC)
YMI Cultural Center (Asheville, NC)

The National Park Service's travel itinerary of historic sites in Asheville, NC offers maps and detailed information on historic sites in the Asheville area. Visit our Historic Blue Ridge pages to learn more about the cultural heritage of the North Carolina mountains.