Rural Heritage Museum

New Exhibit Fall Semester 2022

Sharing Responsibility for Our Future: Activism and Voting Rights in Appalachia is an exhibit that combines artwork from students at the Madison County Early College and High School, two exhibits from Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center (Rightfully Ours: Women’s Suffrage in WNC and Cherokee Voting Rights: The Long Road to Suffrage), and the Wilma Dykeman Legacy.


Past Exhibits

Unearthing Our Forgotten Past: Fort San Juan

Virtual Exhibition – Opening the Door to Change: Educating Rural Appalachia

Elements of Hand and Mind: A Selection of Historic Southern Highland Crafts From the Collections of the Rural Heritage Museum

A Fountain of Youth in the Southern Highlands: A History of Hot Springs, North Carolina

Understanding Our Past, Shaping Our Future (Cherokee Language and Culture)

The Civil War in the Southern Highlands: A Human Perspective

Shelter on the Mountain: Barns and Building Traditions of the Southern Highlands

“Our Story, This Place”: The History of African American Education in Madison County, North Carolina: The Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School

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

Madison County Visitor Center

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Admission is free.
During fall semester 2022, the museum will be open on Saturdays, 10 am – 3 pm (with the exception of Saturdays that coincide with campus breaks), as well as during downtown Mars Hill’s First Fridays.
Office: 828-689-1651
P.O. Box 6705
Mars Hill, NC 28754

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