The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook

Susanna Pantas, Artist

Appalachian Heritage

Pen & Ink Drawings of Biltmore Estate, by Lee James Pantas

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dougherty house

The Appalachian Heritage Museum is a living history museum in the same complex as Mystery Hill in Blowing Rock NC. It is housed in the historic Dougherty House, which was the home of the Dougherty Brothers, D.D. and B.B., founders of Appalachian State University. The purpose of the museum is to show visitors how middle class mountain families lived at the turn of the century.


Website: Appalachian Heritage Museum
Location: Mystery Hill complex between
Boone and Blowing Rock, NC
Distance: 2 hours, longer if using the Blue Ridge Parkway
Address: 129 Mystery Hill Lane, Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Telephone: 828-264-2792
Hours: June-August 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; September-May 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fees: Rates vary. Call for current rate schedule. Senior, military, group, and AAA discounts are available.
Allow: 1 hour
Of Note: Original home of the founders of Appalachian State University. Moved twice over the years to its present location.
Nearby: Mystery Hill, The Blowing Rock, Grandfather Mountain, Tweetsie Railroad, Linville Caverns, Horn in the West, Mast General Store
Directions: From Asheville, take I-40 East to Marion. Take Hwy. 221 North to Blowing Rock. Then, take 321 North four miles to the Mystery Hill complex. Alternately, take the Blue Ridge Parkway north to exit at mile marker 291 and take Hwy. 321 North for 1 miles.

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