WNC historY

At the smith-mcdowell house museum

OUR PROGRAMS

Tours

Take a self-guided tour through Buck House. Built in 1840, it is Asheville’s oldest surviving brick home.

Exhibits

Free with house admission.
February 13 – May 16
North Carolina in the Great War

Special Events

We offer a variety of events throughout the year from book club to excursions to lectures. 

Awards

Since the 1950s, we have annually presented the Thomas Wolfe Literary and Outstanding Achievement Awards.

Youth Programs

Area educators can check out one of our many travelling trunks or bring their students to our Living History Days.

Collections

Our archival and object collections rotate on and off display in our period rooms and changing exhibits.

sHARING THE STORIES of PEOPLE & MOUNTAINS

The Western North Carolina Historical Association celebrates the enduring stories that define and shape our region. Through special exhibits and tours of the Smith-McDowell House, we strive to celebrate the stories of people from all backgrounds who have called western North Carolina home, with one key goal — to advance the understanding of our shared history.

At left: George Avery, 1917 – Formerly enslaved by the McDowell family, Avery became caretaker of the South Asheville Cemetery after emancipation.

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