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 schoolhouse 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.

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 Cleveland & Flamekeepers, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Town Mountain and more.
51 Cowee School Drive Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 349-1945 www.coweeschool.org Get Directions
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.
210 Main Street Bryson City, NC 28719 (828) 488-3681 www.flyfishingmuseum.org Get Directions
Southern Appalachian collection : log cabins, artifacts, memories. Book series, national bestsellers. Located Black Rock Mountain
98 Foxfire Lane Mountain City, GA 30562 (706) 746-5828 www.foxfire.org Get Directions
A free Gem and Mineral Museum located in the historic 1850's Jail in the center of town. There are 8 rooms filled with specimen. These rooms are dedicated to: Minerals from North Carolina; Fossils; Indian Artifacts; Fluorescing minerals; and a collection of minerals and specimen from around the world. There is also a fine gift shop with some jewelry crafted by local artisans and a collection of books on Gem and Mineral related subjects.

For a museum tour or visit outside of normal business hours please call Ray Behr at 828-342-6360 or Fred Plesner at 828-349-4224.
25 Phillips St Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 369-7831 www.fgmm.org Get Directions
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.
One Folk School Rd Brasstown, NC 28902 (828) 837-2775 www.folkschool.org Get Directions
The Museum of the Cherokee Indian takes visitors all the way back to the beginnings of human existence here in these glorious, storied mountains of western North Carolina. The museum provides an educational and interactive experience where concise, chronological stories retrace the 11,000 year documented history of the Cherokees.
589 Tsali Blvd Cherokee, NC 28719 (828) 497-3481 www.cherokeemuseum.org Get Directions
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.
564 Tsali Blvd Cherokee, NC 28719 (828) 497-2111 www.cherokeeadventure.com Get Directions
The Scottish Tartans Museum contains the official registry of all publicly known Tartans and is the American extension of the Scottish Tartans Society in Edinburgh, Scotland. A non profit Tartan Museum and gift shop. The only one of its kind in the US, offers Scottish foods, clothing and specialty items. Tours available, Only $1 for Museum entry
86 E Main St Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 524-7472 www.scottishtartans.org Get Directions
The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center is a non-profit corporation formed by a group of local citizens after the closing of Stecoah School in 1994. The Center is housed in the restored 1926 Stecoah Schoolhouse. The Center is highly acclaimed for its summer concert and dinner series, An Appalachian Evening, which features mountain roots music in the historic 300-seat air conditioned auditorium. Visitors are amazed to discover prominent and highly regarded musicians playing for small audiences in the quiet valley. The Center also houses a beautiful Artisan’s Gallery stocked with the works of more than 125 local artisans and craftsmen, including artisan foods produced on site in the commercial Stecoah Kitchen from locally grown sources. Other offerings include a Cherokee history display, beautiful grounds and walking trail, culinary workshops, and arts and crafts classes.
121 School House Rd Robbinsville, NC 28771 (828) 479-3364 www.stecoahvalleycenter.com Get Directions
The collection includes: Fine "picture art" going back to the late 1800's, modern art, folk art, rare advertising art, cat poster art, art glass cats made by the finest glass makers of the world, vintage and antique toy cats, many of which are automatons from the 1890's, vintage advertising, where cats are used to sell items, advertising clocks and storefront or window display items. There is not another private collection of this magnitude and value in America. Besides cat museums in Europe and Asia, there is only one other in America which is in Ohio. Come visit and enjoy our 30-year collection.
4704 US Hwy 441 South Sylva, NC 28779 (828) 293-7754 catman2.org Get Directions