The North Carolina Mountains Sights

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Mountain Heritage Center

Mountain Heritage Center Review

In wormy chestnut-paneled quarters at Western Carolina University, this museum maintains and displays the heirlooms of hundreds of mountain families, from butter churns to baby bassinets. Most exhibits rotate, but a permanent exhibit, "Migration of the Scotch-Irish People," describes the history and culture of the English and Scottish people of Northern Ireland, known as Ulster Scots, who settled the Carolina mountains in the 18th century. Also, there are special exhibits, such as one on quilting.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 150 H.F. Robinson Building, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, Cullowhee, NC 28723
  • Phone: 828/227–7129
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Mon.-Wed. and Fri. 8–5; Thu. 8-7; open some Sat. in summer and fall; closed Sun. and during college holiday periods
  • Website:
  • Location: Dillsboro
Updated: 11-08-2012

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