Appalachian Cultural Center
The Appalachian Cultural Center, a museum of mountain life, opened at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, in 1989. Its wide embrace included exhibits on the Land of Oz, the defunct Avery County theme park, and stock car racing legend Junior Johnson. The museum told a larger story – of commercially successful mountain musicians, middle-class families, and folk crafts that sprouted into homegrown industries. The Museum closed to the public in 2006.