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Historical Sites

Francis Mill- Located just outside Waynesville, North Carolina, the Francis Mill is a 19th century grist mill built to grind corn and wheat. It operated until 1976, and then began to fall into disrepair. The society was formed to restore the mill.

Thomas Wolfe Memorial  Boyhood home of the author of Look Homeward, Angel 

Historic Johnson Farm  - Tobacco farm built in the late 19th century - listed in the historic register - became a popular tourist retreat in the early 1900's.

Carl Sandburg Home  - Home of the famous poet, biographer, folksinger, and lecturer - Gardens, walking/hiking trails, a national historic site.

Zebulon Vance' Birth Place  - Weaverville Restored 1830's farmstead, home of N.C. Senator and Civil War Governor

Blake House Inn - Restaurant, legend says that confederate soldiers were hidden in the basement when union troops came through Asheville

Riverside Cemetery - Burial site of Thomas Wolfe, and many members of Asheville's founding families

Smith-McDowell House - Oldest brick residence (1840) exhibits information on pre-civil war plantation life in Western North Carolina as well as the Civil War; listed on the Register of Historic Places

Downtown Asheville Historic District - Early 20th century homes; Guided walking tours available. 

Montford Historic District - Types of architecture: Victorian, Greek Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival and Neo-Classical 

Mountain Farm Museum - Reconstruction of early pioneer buildings

North Carolina Homespun Museum - Covers history of Biltmore industries and the people involved with them

Swannanoa Valley Museum - Black Mountain - Covers history from the Stone Age period to present man

Shades of the Past Auto Museum - Antique, classic, muscle, celebrity, and race cars, jukeboxes, Coke machines, advertising memorabilia, and collection of vintage motorcycles. Pigeon Forge, TN

Urban Trail - A living, historic walking tour of Asheville, turn-of-the-century architecture, Thirty "stations" are marked on the trail The 1.7 mile trail is divided into five eras of Asheville history, the Guilded Age, the Pioneer Period, Times of Thomas Wolfe,the era of civic pride, and the Age of Diversity. Each representative of an era is marked by a tile.

Estes Winn Auto Museum - Classic and antique cars; 1926 Cadillac and 1927 La Salle

Flat Rock - Historic landmarks dating back to early 1800's; Civil War Reenactments

Calvary Episcopal Church - Fletcher - Temporary Hospital During the Civil War, Old Cemetery, Grounds Haunted (see legends)

Mountain Heritage Museum - Art of quilt making, and other crafts, demonstrations

Cherokee Indian Reservation  - Roughly an hour away - Eastern Cherokee Band, museum covering history , emphasis on "Trail of Tears", Famous Outdoor Drama (Under These Hills) May need reservations, arts and crafts

  • Emerald Village If you like gem mining...you'll LOVE Emerald Village! The indoor portion of the tour features uses of the minerals & gems found in these mines. A collection of mining lamps, dynamite plungers and other mining memorabilia are on display. The village also features the Mining Museum and offers underground mine tours.


  • Cherohala Skyway
    Crossing through the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests, from which it gets it's name, this National Scenic Byway connects Robbinsville in North Carolina to Tellico Plains in Southeast Tennessee.


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