Welcome! In April 2023, the WNC Historical Association established Asheville Museum of History at the Smith-McDowell House in Asheville to share the diverse stories of Western North Carolina’s land and people. The physical museum will officially open to the public in Fall 2023.

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In the interim, take advantage of our many lectures, hikes, tours, programs, and other events.

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We preserve and promote the history and legacy of Western North Carolina through interpretation, education, collection, and collaboration.

To support our mission, donate or become a member today!


Our Region

Western North Carolina is defined as much by the various chains and valleys within the Appalachian Mountains as it is by the people here. The region contains large swaths of state and national forest lands and parks, including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway. It contains old rivers and old folkways, along with an increasingly large stream of transplants and visitors. 

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Upcoming Events

Join us in-person and online for a variety of historic events.

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The Farmer’s Federation

John Ager

Tuesday, May 23



A Narrative from the Inside: Hendersonville’s 9th Avenue School

Ronnie Pepper

Thursday, June 8

Hybrid – OLLI/Zoom


Partner Event – Carolina Mountain Club: One Hundred Years

Danny Bernstein (CMC) and Trevor Freeman (AMoH)

Tuesday, June 20

Pack Memorial Library


Partner Event – French Broad River Series Part 5: Paddle the French Broad 

Trevor Freeman (AMoH) and Jack Henderson (MountainTrue)

Friday, July 7

French Broad River


The Consequential Life of David Swain

Willis P. Whichard

Saturday, August 12

Hybrid – OLLI/Zoom


The Untold Stories of PARI

Craig Gralley

Saturday, August 19

Hybrid – Pack Memorial Library/Zoom


History Column

Western North Carolina has a long and diverse history. Follow along with our WNC History Column in the Asheville Citizen-Times as we research and explore the compelling stories of the people who came before us and helped shape our region.

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Recent Recorded Programs

We record our programs when possible and make the available to our members for free and to the general public for a small donation.



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Contact Us

Visit us at the Smith-McDowell House on the campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical College.

283 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC 28801


Our Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Accessibility


We honor and celebrate the ancestors who came before us, the original inhabitants of the land now known as the western portion of North Carolina. We honor and celebrate the many cultures that existed on this land when Europeans first arrived, and we acknowledge the thousands of people who lost their lives and their land. We honor and celebrate the present-day Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and all indigenous peoples of Western North Carolina.

Adopted Board of Trustees, May 19, 2021

As Long as the grass…


We stand against inequity, injustice, and racism. We acknowledge and support the positive role that recent protests have played in opening the door to real and necessary change.

As an organization rooted in the interpretation of our regional history, we also recognize that there is an ongoing need to better represent the diversity of voices that have shaped – and will shape – Western North Carolina. In a region that has been influenced by and benefited from the contributions of these diverse voices, the Western North Carolina Historical Association must equitably reflect our heritage, history, and aspirations.

We pledge to do that. Beginning immediately, we will re-evaluate how we operate.


Moving forward, we are committed to doing the work to become an inclusive organization in all aspects of our operations. That includes our collections, exhibitions, and programs, not only at our museum, but also in our comprehensive mission of education.

It includes our leadership and membership. Over the coming months, we will focus on developing a guiding document to help us intentionally and actively move towards this goal.

We are listening. We are learning. We are committed to doing the work to get there. As we embark on this journey, we will seek the involvement of our community, so together, we can reflect on the brilliant, rich and, yes, sometimes painful, history of Western North Carolina. Please join us.

Adopted Board of Trustees,

June 17, 2020



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