Music Heritage

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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86th Mountain Dance and Folk Festival

The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, the country’s longest running folk festival, now in its 86th year of highlighting mountain culture, returns to the Diana Wortham Theatre this summer.

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86th Mountain Dance and Folk Festival

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Waynesville

Waynesville is the largest city west of Asheville. It is Haywood County's oldest town and the Haywood County seat, framed by mountain vistas, vast national forest lands and clear, rushing streams.  It is also where team square dancing originated in the 1930s.