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WNCHA Hikes With a Historian: Hot Springs Cemeteries Walking Tour

09/21/2022 @ 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

The Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) invites you to join us for the third event in our special four-part Hikes With A Historian series where we explore the stories of several local cemeteries. This tour, Wednesday, September 21 from 10AM – 12:30PM takes place in various cemeteries in Hot Springs, North Carolina.

Hot Springs (formerly Warm Springs), North Carolina lies along the route of the former Buncombe Turnpike and later became a popular tourist resort as well. Its cemeteries contain travelers, early settlers from the 1800s, enslaved and free African Americans, and German POWs who were later reinterred. These stories and more intertwine in the cemeteries we will tour on this outing exploring local history in a mountain town.



When: Wednesday, September 21

Time: 10AM – 12:30PM

Meet: 9:45AM at the Dorland Presbyterian Church (64 Bridge St, Hot Springs, NC 28743)

  • Park in the shared parking lot behind the church. We will carpool to various cemeteries within a two mile radius.

Hike Length: approximately .75 miles (easy to moderate difficulty BUT this includes overgrown and steep hillsides)

What to Bring: Water, snacks, comfortable and sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothing, any needed medications, bug spray.


Rain Date: In the event of inclement weather, participants will be notified in advance, no later than 8PM the evening prior if the event is to be rescheduled. The alternate rain date will be rescheduled promptly.


Tickets: $10 WNCHA members/$20 general admission. We also have a few no-cost, community-funded tickets available. We want our events to be accessible to as many people as possible. If you are able please consider making a donation along with your ticket purchase. These donations are placed in our Community Fund, which allows us to offer tickets at no cost to those who would not be able to attend otherwise.

Register Here


Emergency Contact Form: Registrants must fill out the emergency contact form in advance. Those registering for the series only need to sign the form once.  https://forms.gle/qHftZJdcMrC38JvM6


Hike Leader:

This outing is led by Taylor Barnhill. Taylor is a researcher at the Appalachian Barn Alliance based in Hot Springs, NC. After completing an architectural degree and graduate studies in regional planning in 1974, his work brought him to Madison County as a consulting architect for the Hot Springs Health Program. Like so many people who visit Madison County, he fell in love with the mountains and the people, bought a farm, and set about absorbing all aspects of Appalachian history, culture, and natural history.


Covid Precautions:

  • Please do not attend if you feel unwell or have been exposed to someone with Covid
  • Social distancing is recommended when hiking and when the group is stopped
  • Participants are expected to wear masks while carpooling


For questions, please contact Trevor Freeman at [email protected]


(Image: Burials of African American residents of Hot Springs in the Oddfellows Cemetery, courtesy Paul Moon/The News-Record & Sentinel)





Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA)


Hot Springs
64 Bridge St
Hot Springs, NC 28743 United States
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