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Big Ivy Historical Park
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The Big Ivy Historical Society has developed the Big Ivy Historical Park to preserve the unique history of the area encompassing Dillingham and Barnardsville, North Carolina.

The park sits on the site of a 1930s CCC camp and contains the pre-Civil War cabin of Henry Stevens Carson, grandson of the founding family, Absolum and Rebecca Dillingham, of what is now known as the Big Ivy Community. Related outbuildings, a replica of the 1890’s one-room community school, and the Big Ivy Community Center and swimming pool are also located within the park.

On display in the One Room School house is the diorama of the building of the Blue Ridge Parkway by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

The Little Snowball Mountain Fire Tower, a relic of early forest fire detection and suppression efforts, formerly sat atop Little Snowball Mountain, near the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Craggy Gardens. The tower is now in Big Ivy, the community which it protected. The American flag flying atop the Fire Tower was flown over the U.S. Capitol in honor of the Big Ivy Historical Society.

Hours of Operation

Mountain Harvest Day is celebrated on the second Saturday in October. The newly erected molasses mill is put to full use that day with cane cooking and molasses production.

Admission Fees


Hours of operation and fees are subject to change. Contact directly for most current information.


The Big Ivy Historical Park is located in Barnardsville, NC.

For more information call:
(828) 626-3438



540 Dillingham RoadBarnardsville, NC 28709Get Directions

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