“FIRST LOOK” RECEPTION Wednesday, October 18


Celebrate our grand reopening with a “First Look” Reception on Wednesday, October 18 beginning at 5:30pm. We will also present our annual Outstanding Achievement Award to Grace Gordon Pless at the event.

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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!




Midgard Foundation

Ralph Simpson & Mark Espy


Nancy & Tunc Togar, Togar Rugs

Catherine Brod

Warrene Williams


James Bradley
Kirk & Shelley Brown
Charles & Deborah (Dee) James
Michael McLaughlin &
Louis Carollo
Anna Rentz*


Daniel & Jane Falkenstein
Thomas E. Frank*
Kerri Glover
Carole & Cole Hedden
Carol & Stan Hubbard
Sandy V. Hutchens, Jr.*
Kieta Osteen-Cochrane
Sitework Studios –
Steven Lee Johnson
Sue Simpson & Genece Minshew*
Frances & Bill Smyth
Donna & Allan Tarleton
Dirk Wilmoth
*gift in honor of Ralph Simpson

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. 

Upcoming Events

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

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Hike With a Historian: Ray Mica Mine Hike (Sold Out!)

Dr. William Miller and AMoH

Wednesday, September 20

Burnsville (Approximate)


My Adopted Aunts: The Lives, Works, and Influence of Eleanor Vance and Charlotte Yale

Bruce Johnson

Thursday, October 12

Hybrid – OLLI/Zoom

“First Look” Reopening Reception

Asheville Museum of History,
Smith-McDowell House

Wednesday, October 18


“First Look” Reception

Sponsorship Opportunities
All Sponsors Receive Tickets to the Event

Wednesday, October 18

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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