Cultural and Educational in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina

The Smoky Mountains are home to some of the oldest folk schools in the country where you can learn all about the Smoky Mountain things to do past and present. See what the typical Smoky Mountain activities were for the indigenous Native Americans hundreds of years ago in a reconstruction of a historical Cherokee village. Visit an acclaimed summer dinner and music series featuring Appalachian roots music in a restored 1920s school house that has been converted into an air-conditioned 300-seat auditorium. Learn a new hobby at one of our folk schools, and bring some Smoky Mountain things to do with you when you return home.

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Fly Fishing Museum of Southern AppalachianCherokeeDetails
Visit Cherokee’s newest museum conveniently located next to the Visitor Center and across from the Fairgrounds. Through exhibits & videos visitors learn about early fly fishing legends, basic knots, fly-tying, types of gear, types of fish, regional fishing waters, & the history of fly fishing in the South. There's a Kid’s Corner with fun games & activities.

Folkmoot USAWaynesvilleDetails
FOLKMOOT is comprised of international groups that participate each year and keep us in touch with the identity of their part of the world today. In addition we are being entertained and educated by the exciting dancing and music provided. More than 185 folk groups from over 95 different countries have shared their heritage with Folkmoot enthusiasts.  

Historic Cowee SchoolFranklinDetails
Built in 1943 on the site of a Civilian Conservation Corps camp, the Cowee School served thousands of students until it was closed as a school in 2012. Efforts are now underway to preserve and reuse the historic school as a community and heritage center. The Cowee School 2014 Concert Series begins Saturday, May 10 and runs through October 18. This year's artists include: Red June, Michael Cleve ...

John C. Campbell Folk SchoolBrasstownDetails
Nation's oldest folk school founded in 1925. Crafts, music, dance, other Appalachian traditions are taught one-week or weekend classes year-round. National Historic District. Craft Shop. History Center. On-campus housing and meals. Tuition for classes. Fall Festival the first weekend in October. Visitors welcome.

Oconaluftee Indian VillageCherokeeDetails
The Oconaluftee Indian Village is a re-created village of the 1700's. Visitors experience the everyday life of the Cherokee through artisans who perform tasks done by their forefathers. Witness war council meetings, war re-enactments, traditional dances and more.

Wheels Through Time Museum IncMaggie ValleyDetails
A consummate collection of over 250 rare antique American Motorcycles and Automobiles. Equally as astounding is the memorabilia collection that unites the "art of the motorcycle" with the generation of Americans that enjoyed a lifestyle peculiar to the "American Mainstream." The thrust of the museum is to educate future generations to a fascinating spectrum of Americana.

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