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North Carolina High Country Cultural Attractions

Daniel Boone Gardens
Adjacent to Horn in the West in downtown Boone. 3-acre gardens containing an outstanding collection of native trees, shrubs, & wildflowers. Hundreds of plant varieties provide a progression of blooms throughout the growing season. Features a bog garden, fern garden, rhododendron grove, rock garden, rock wishing well, vine-covered arbor, pond alongside the historic Squire Boone Cabin, and several grand vistas. Wrought-iron gates at the entrance were made by a descendent of Daniel Boone, who hunted in the area. (828) 264-6390
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Biltmore Estate
National historic landmark with America’s largest estate! Self-guided tours of the Biltmore House & Gardens, wine tastings at the Biltmore winery, & exceptional restaurants! (800) 543-2961
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Roan Mountain State Park
Spans 600 acres, straddling the North Carolina and Tennessee state lines! In mid-June, the Rhododendron Gardens host the world’s largest natural rhododendron gardens in bloom! The Park offers hiking, fishing, tennis, volleyball, basketball, picnicking, swimming pool, and a series of summer concerts!
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Moses Cone Memorial Park & Parkway Craft Center
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covers 3,500 acres and includes two trout fishing lakes and over 25 miles of hiking trails. The Parkway Craft Center in the Manor House has demonstrations of craft making and handmade crafts by Appalachian artists featuring over 300 artists, clay, wood, glass, natural materials, leather, metal, jewelry, fiber, paper, craft demonstrations. Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway north of Blowing Rock at milepost 294, about 35 minutes from Beech Mountain. Open March 15-Nov.30, 9am-5pm.  828-295-7938
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Beech Mountain's Buckeye Recreation Center
From watercolor & other art classes offered at Beech Mountain’s Buckeye Recreation Center and The Beech Mountain Club, the High Country offers a variety of art galleries, museums, historic sites, & theatres!
 
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Alta Vista Gallery
Historic farmhouse in Valle Crucis, on National Register of Historic Places, featuring hundreds of paintings in various styles by over 200 artists. (828) 963-5247
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The Art Cellar
Fine Art Gallery, Sculpture Studio, Pottery, & Folk Art. Located in Banner Elk. (828) 898-5785
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Appalachian Heritage & Native American Artifacts Museum
Located in the restored 1903 Dougherty House on the same property as Mystery Hill. Intriguing exhibits of artifacts, antiques, and lifestyle portray the unique culture of the inhabitants of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the time of the Native Americans through the 1900’s, with over 50,000 authentic artifacts on display. Located between Boone & Blowing Rock on Hwy321. (828) 263-0507
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The Banner House Museum
Experience 19th century history of life in Banner Elk & the High Country in the home of Samuel Henry Banner, one of Banner Elk’s original settlers. Wander back in time through the re-created household of the 1870-80’s. Daily guided tours mid-June through mid-October. (828) 898-3634
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Barter Theatre
America’s oldest and most respected regional theatre; open year-round (540) 628-3991
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The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum
Located in downtown Blowing Rock, features rotating exhibits as well as a permanent collection highlighting the visual arts, history, & heritage of the region. Includes six galleries. (828) 295-9099
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Bob Timberlake Gallery
Showcases Bob Timberlake’s art reproductions, personal memorabilia, and his popular lines of home furnishings, as well as accessories, gifts, & collectibles. Located in Blowing Rock. (828) 295-4855
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Carlton Gallery
The largest, most established gallery in the High Country. Widest variety of fine art and upscale handmade crafts of over 300 artisans. Situated under the gaze of Grandfather Mountain between Boone and Banner Elk on Hwy105. (828) 963-4288
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Crossnore Weavers and Gallery
A Working museum. Watch hand weavers at work on antique looms and experience the history of Appalachian hand weavers. (828) 733-4660
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Frescoes
Two little churches, tucked away in The Blue Ridge Mountains contain breath-taking frescoes of the Last Supper, Mary Great with Child, and others. Located at the Holy Trinity Church in Glendale Springs and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in West Jefferson, about 1.5 hours from Beech Mountain. (336) 982-3076
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Horn in the West
One of the nation’s oldest Revolutionary War dramas being performed today! Portrays the lives of pioneers who braved the wilderness to settle in the Blue Ridge Mountains seeking freedom from British tyranny. Held outdoors at the Daniel Boone Ampitheatre. (828) 264-2120
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Hickory Ridge Living History Museum
Located on the grounds of Horn in the West, the nation’s oldest Revolutionary War drama, in Boone. Staffed with interpreters in period clothing, the 18th century homestead gives visitors a glimpse into the past & a feeling for the daily lives of early mountain settlers, including how they lived and what constituted a “typical” mountain homestead. The museum also provides insight into the self sufficiency of our forefathers by showing the routines & skills they possessed, such as hearthside cooking, weaving, making candles, spinning, blacksmithing, etc. Open spring, summer, & fall with limited hours during spring & fall. (828) 264-2120
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Museum of NC Minerals
Features many of the rich materials found in the Blue Ridge as well as the historical applications, mining processes, and core samples. Located near Spruce Pine, NC at Milepost 331 of The Blue Ridge Parkway at Highway 226, about 45 minutes from Beech Mountain. (828) 765-2761

The Parkway Craft Center
In the Moses Cone Manor House. Demonstrations of craft making and handmade crafts by Appalachian artists featuring over 300 artists, clay, wood, glass, natural materials, leather, metal, jewelry, fiber, paper, craft demonstrations. Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway north of Blowing Rock at milepost 294, about 35 minutes from Beech Mountain. Open March 15-Nov.30, 9am-5pm. 
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Penland Gallery and Visitors Center
Displays and sells work by current & former Penland instructors, resident artists, & students from around the country.
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Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center presents, exhibitions, workshops, & visual arts activities throughout the year.  Exhibitions focus on a blend of new and historically important artwork and feature works of nationally and internationally renowned artists, as well as many of the finest artists of the region! (828) 262-3017
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Watauga County Arts Council Gallery
Featuring two exhibits monthly and a gift shop. Located in Boone. (828) 264-1789
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Wilkes Heritage Museum
About 1.5 hours from Beech Mountain. Offers an eclectic array of exhibits drawn from local history, including early stock-car racing, moonshining, early settlement, medicine, military history, & traditional music. Also home to the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame. Guided tours include the museum, in the 1902 former Wilkes County Courthouse, the Old Wilkes Jail (1859), & Robert Cleveland Log Home (1779), one of the oldest homes still standing in Wilkes County. Ghost tours of haunted sites available in summer and fall. (336) 667-3171
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