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The Rural Life Museum is open daily (except Mondays) from 1 to 5 p.m. and by appointment.   

NOTE: The museum will be closed August 2 through September 7 as we prepare a new exhibit:
"African American Public Education in Madison County:  The Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School"

For more information, contact Museum Director Les Reker at (828) 689-1400 or

Current exhibition:

"Interwoven:  Coverlets, Ballads, and America's Discovery of Madison County Folklife" 

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"Interwoven" tells the story of how, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Madison County, North Carolina became known throughout the United States and beyond for its rich folkways, crafts and music that by then had been passed down in the region's families for generations.  This is the story of the nation's "discovery" of the weaving and song traditions of the Laurel Country.  One discovery would help launch a craft revival in Southern Appalachia that still has a profound effect on the region.  The other secured a place for Madison County's significance in American folk music, an importance that continues today.


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