Virtual Exhibits

Virtually visit past exhibits that have been mounted in our gallery rooms at the Smith-McDowell House Museum in Asheville, NC.


Our Virtual Exhibits


myth & reality in appalachian culture

Hillbillyland explores the power, prevalence, and persistence of the hillbilly stereotype from the days of its beginnings in the late 19th century to the present day. The exhibit takes a unique approach by focusing on photography featuring the people of the region, some of them stereotypical images, combined with poetry and short prose pieces that challenge and complicate these stereotypes.


Douglas Ellington

Asheville’s Boomtown Architect

Douglas Ellington is chiefly known as the architect who changed Asheville into an Art Deco showplace. The combination of available architectural commissions, Asheville’s dream to be “modern” and the growing influences of art deco fed Ellington’s creativity. With his ability to combine architectural styles he produced a series of one of a kind buildings—buildings which changed the face of Asheville.    

1918 vs. 2020

Epidemics THEN & NOW in WNC

In the midst of the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, we take an in-depth look at the 1918 influenza epidemic in Western North Carolina through newspaper clippings, advertisements, ephemera, photographs, and oral history and place the events of 1918 into context with our present-day response to the coronavirus pandemic.