Historic Sites

Mars Hill

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Mars Hill

A Town Born From Education

Before 1856, when no more than 10 families lived on what was then known as Pleasant Hill, education was important to the parents who founded an academy to educate their children.

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Dayton Duncan Presentation

In August 2014, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area hosted Dayton Duncan , author and co-producer with Ken Burns of The National Parks: America's Best Idea. Mr. Duncan's presentation underscored the importance of stewardship and preservation of America's special places, be they national parks, forests, or cultural treasures.

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Cradle of Forestry

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Fontana Dam

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Fontana Dam and Visitor Center

Located in the far western corner of North Carolina, Fontana Dam is the tallest dam east of the Rockies at 480 feet. It was built by the Tennessee Valley Authority in response to an urgent need for electric power during World War II; construction began in 1942 and was finished in just 36 months.

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Yancey History Association and Rush Wray Musuem

The Yancey History Association was formed in 1979 and by 1989 had purchased the property on which the “McElroy House” museum and the 1920’s gas station “Chamber of Commerce-Visitors Center” are located. The dedication of the house as the Rush Wray Museum came in 1999 when the house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Yancey History Association and Rush Wray Musuem

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The Orchard at Altapass

Early History

Perched on the crest of the Blue Ridge atop the Eastern Continental Divide, the Orchard at Altapass occupies a unique spot in both America’s landscape and history. the Orchard has been a vital travel route since our continent’s earliest settlers began exploring these mountains. Buffalo and elk traversed here, followed by the Cherokee Indians and eventually European settlers.

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The Orchard at Altapass

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