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For a new exhibition about the history of the Smith Farm and the Bailey Mountain Preserve


Past Exhibits

River Cane Renaissance, on loan from the Mountain Heritage Center

“Every Simple Thing”: Revisiting Craft Through the Lens of William A. Barnhill

Sharing Responsibility for Our Future: Activism and Voting Rights in Appalachia

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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