History Swannanoa Valley Museum

Museum Sponsors Tour of “Old Town” Swannanoa

Old photo of railroad in Swannanoa, NCIf you’re a relative newcomer to this area, you may not even realize that Swannanoa was once home to a thriving downtown, known to locals as “The Station.” The old downtown area was bordered by the Beacon Blanket mill and the railroad tracks, and was the center of activity for Swannanoa, and particularly for the many residents who lived in nearby Beacon Village. Swannanoa’s downtown included many cafes, grocery stores, a drug store, a bank, a movie theater, a five-and-dime, and other variety stores.

On Saturday, June 4, at 10 a.m., join the Swannanoa Valley Museum for a tour of the old downtown area and the historic buildings that were once a part of the mill town. Learn about the history of this area, and see what’s happening in the old downtown today. Cost of the tour is $20 for museum members; $30 for non-members. To register and get information about the tour meeting place, call 828-668-9566 or send an email to