Art, History, & Culture
No visit to the Smoky Mountains would be complete without a trip to Cherokee, where traditional arts and crafts and Native American culture are respected and preserved for coming generations. Many authentic experiences await you in Cherokee including: The Museum of the Cherokee Indian; Unto These Hills Outdoor Drama; Oconaluftee Indian Village; and the Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual. Cherokee is 20 minutes from Nantahala Village.
Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center
Visit the 1926 school building that is now home to an Artisan’s Gallery where over 135 local and regional artists sell their work. During the summer months, enjoy An Appalachian Evening in the auditorium with quality musical entertainment and dinner beforehand. Stecoah Valley Center hosts many seasonal family festivals throughout the year and is just 15 minutes from Nantahala Village.
At 480 feet high, Fontana is the tallest dam in the Eastern United States. The dam was constructed by the Tennessee Valley Authority during the early 1940s to supply electricity to fuel the war effort during World War II. Open for visitors May thru September, and about 30 minutes from Nantahala Village.
John C. Campbell Folk School
Visit the John C. Campbell Folk School located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina, just 45 minutes from Nantahala Village. The Folk School is best known for its year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing, but you are welcome to go for a visit to the Craft Shop, or for their concerts and dances. The Folk School’s Craft Shop represents over 300 local and regional craftspeople and offers everything from decorative jewelry to functional fireplace poker sets, pottery, turned wood bowls, and fiber creations like scarves and table linens. The Folk School’s free Friday night concert series features some of the finest regional and national acts performing old-time, bluegrass, folk, gospel and Celtic music. Community dances are usually held every other Saturday evening and are relished by local residents and visitors who enjoy contra and square dancing to live music. Numerous walking trails meander the 300-acre campus, including the Rivercane Walk, a creekside trail with art honoring the Cherokee heritage of the Appalachian area.
Explore George Vanderbilt’s extraordinary home, beautiful gardens, and Antler Hill Village & Winery, nestled on 8,000 acres in the mountains of Asheville, NC. George Vanderbilt’s 250-room mansion is virtually the same as it was at the turn of the 20th century. Sculptures, paintings, furnishing, and household items have been carefully preserved. Tour the gardens and the winery, and enjoy a sumptuous three-course meal or a sandwich in one of several restaurants. Asheville is just an easy hour and a half drive from Nantahala Village making this unique opportunity an easy day trip.