Stop by the Swannanoa Valley Museum in downtown Black Mountain (223 West State Street) to learn about the social, cultural and natural history of this area of mountains. Also see a rotating series of interesting exhibits or take one of their guided hikes. Swannanoa Valley has been inhabited for more than 12,000 years.
The building that houses the museum is the former Black Mountain Firehouse, built in 1912, designed by Asheville’s premiere architect, Richard Sharp Smith.
Go upstairs to see their permanent exhibit called "Pathways from the Past" that includes animals and plants of the region, early settlers and the arrival of the railroad, along with more recent history.
The Swannanoa Valley Museum offers two guided hike series.
Hours & Admission
The Swannanoa Valley Museum is open:
Early April through Early December or by appointment
Tuesday through Saturday
10 AM until 5 PM
Admission by donation ($5 suggested)
Go to their Web site.