Museums

Hendersonville

Until the 1785 Treaty of Hopewell, present-day Henderson County was part of Cherokee Indian territory.  After the treaty, in which the Cherokee were forced to move further west, immigrant settlement increased, and by the end of the 18th century, all of what is now Henderson County was inhabited by newcomers. 

The region developed more slowly that those further to the east, due to the continued presence of the nearby Cherokee Indians, the difficulties encountered in transversing the rugged, mountainous terrain, and the lack of adequate transportation to eastern markets.

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Wilkesboro

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Wilkesboro

Nestled in the rolling foothills of northwestern North Carolina, the quaint town of Wilkesboro has been the county seat of Wilkes County since 1778.

The town was officially laid out by General William Lenoir in 1801 and incorporated in 1847. Notable distinguished early settlers and leaders to visit include Daniel Boone, Christopher Gist, Colonel Benjamin Cleveland, General William Lenoir and Thomas Fields.

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Blowing Rock

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Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a quintessential mountain village with beautiful churches, a downtown with great shops and restaurants, and a quaint Main Street. Varied accommodations, restaurants, galleries and shopping round out its appeal.  But its history reaches back to the days before immigrant settlement.

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Black Mountain

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Black Mountain

Black Mountain, originally called "Grey Eagle," was a tiny agrarian village in the Blue Ridge Mountains until the coming of the railroad in 1879, an event that changed the face of the community forever. 

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Was Lincoln Born in North Carolina?

Hear about the theory that Abraham Lincoln was born in North Carolina.

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Moses Cone--Denim King & Conservationist

Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, near Blowing Rock, North Carolina on the Blue Ridge Parkway, preserves the country estate of Moses Cone, a prosperous textile entrepreneur, conservationist, and philanthropist of the Gilded Age. Its centerpiece is Flat Top Manor, a gleaming white 20-room, 13,000 square foot mansion built in 1901 in the grand Colonial Revival style.

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Heritage Garden at North Carolina Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, North Carolina, is one of the finest public gardens in the Southern Appalachians. Arboretum exhibits emphasize connections between local culture and the landscape and its gentle trails are popular for woodland walks.

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