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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, 2014 through September 14, 2014 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

New exhibition will open to the general public September 14, 2014:

"African American Public Education in Madison County: The Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School" 

"Our Story - This Place" traces the history of the African American education of Western North Carolina, with particular emphasis on Madison Couty, from Reconstruction through the period of civil rights legislation in the 1960s. The Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School played a large role in African American heritage and history in Madison County and Western North Carolina for a good part of the 20th century. The exhibition will focus on the day to day learning experience of the students who attended the school, along with the struggles, hopes and dreams of their teachers and parents, in the context of time. The legacy of the Rosenwald education and it's impact on their adult lives will also be explored.


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