Take a step back in history and learn about the amazing past of this region in the Appalachian Mountains. Incredible stories of hardship, innovation and progress saturate the ground we walk on and take for granted. Fortunately, historians have captured and recorded a large portion of the past for us to admire and learn from today.

If you’re in the Asheville area you’ll want to take a trip 20 minutes north to Madison County, NC where you can explore the fascinating history that built this region.

“We had a nice time exploring the museum. The rich heritage of this region is fascinating!”

-Ruth D.

Museums in Madison County, NC

Rural Heritage Museum

Immerse yourself in Southern Appalachian heritage and stop by the exhibits that are housed in a historic building on the Mars Hill University quad. Inside the Rural Heritage Museum are artifacts which are relevant to the history and culture of this area and the wide Southern Appalachian area.

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The Anderson Rosenwald School

Tucked in a corner of Mars Hill is an important piece of Black History from the early to mid- 1900s reflecting an amazing project to develop educational opportunities for the Black students in the South. Find out more

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Marshall Getaways

Plan your next trip to Marshall, NC! Just outside of Asheville, the cute, riverside town of Marshall is a fantastic place to vacation in the mountains. Find out more

Festivals in Madison County

There’s always something going on in Madison County, NC. Be part of the festivities and plan your next trip to the mountains around one of our many annual events. Find out more