High Country

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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Linn CoveViaduct

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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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Winter Skiing

Do you enjoy skiing or snowboarding? Or are you looking to learn for the first time? If so, then Western North Carolina is a great destination for you this winter. Home to six ski mountains, Western North Carolina has many opportunities for the snow seeking adventurer.

Listed below are the ski mountains of Western North Carolina and their contact information. Happy Skiing from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area!

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Winter Skiing

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Lansing

Nestled in the High Country in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina is the charmingly rustic small town of Lansing, a prime travel destination in Ashe County.

From Villages and Trading Centers

Like numerous villages throughout Ashe County, Lansing began as a small trading center for the local agrarian population. It is not known where the name Lansing originated, but the name was used in the establishment of a post office on August 24, 1882. Lansing was one of the county's many modestly-sized rural communities in 1896.

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Lansing

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Blowing Rock Art and History Museum

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