Smith-McDowell House Museum /A Museum of the Western North Carolina Historical Association
Built by one of antebellum North Carolina’s most influential citizens, this National Register property was once the home of mayors, a Confederate Major, and friends of the Vanderbilts at nearby Biltmore Estate.
In addition to restored period rooms spanning 1840 through 1900, the Museum also features special history exhibits in its Gallery Rooms. Be sure to visit for our acclaimed Victorian Christmas Celebration and other seasonal events.
Now undergoing restoration, the Museum’s grounds are an Official Treasured Tree Preserve and were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. in 1900. The Museum’s grounds are also home to the Buncombe County Civil War Memorial.
Your donations help:
Donation funds help our general operation expenses, and Heritage Alive, a free festival over Memorial Day Weekend. We are also currently fundraising to enhance the Buncombe County Civil War Memorial.
There are many ways you can get involved.
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