Development Grant—Heritage Product

Mountain Heritage Classes Project

In 2010, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area awarded the Stecoah Valley Arts, Crafts & Educational Center a grant in the amount of $22,000 to offer classes, demonatrations, and workshops in Appalachian and Cherokee cultural arts, including arts/crafts, culinary subjects, textiles, and music/dance, while simultaneously preserving Appalachian cultural heritage. The secondary objective was to increase cultural/heritage tourism and agri-tourism to the area.

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Exhibits at the W. Kerr Scott Reservoir Environmental Education Center

A BRNHA grant supported the creation of native flora and habitat conservation exhibits for kids at the W. Kerr Scott Reservoir's Environmental Education Center in Wilkesboro, NC.

Located on the lower level of a Visitors Assistance Center, the Environmental Education Center opened to the public in November, 2010. The center's indoor and outdoor exhibits and classroom have become a learning resource for school and youth groups and are an added attraction for visitors to the reservoir (annual reservoir visitation is over 800,000).

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Appalachian Quilt Trails

Two Blue Ridge National Heritage Area grants to HandMade in America in 2006 and 2007 helped kick-start the development of Appalachian Quilt Trails in Western North Carolina. HandMade in America worked with local communities to design and install over 100 quilt block paintings on barns and other structures first in Madison, Mitchell, Yancey, and Ashe Counties and then in Avery County.

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Old-Time Music Heritage Hall

A 2009 Blue Ridge National Heritage Area grant helped catalyze the development of an Old-Time Music Heritage Hall in the lower level of Mount Airy's Andy Griffith Museum.

The grant supported the creation of larger-than-life-sized portraits of nine "giants" of old-time music in Surry County who were highly influential in the perpetuation and revitalization of old-time music across the country. The grant also funded audio presentations which accompany each portrait so visitors can hear the musicians play and talk about their music in their own words.

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Cherokee Homestead Exhibit in Hayesville

Celebrating Cherokee History and Culture in Hayesville, NC

Two Blue Ridge National Heritage Area grants have helped catalyze the development of an outdoor Cherokee Homestead Exhibit at the Nelson Heritage Park in Hayesville, NC.

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