The Swannanoa Valley includes Riceville, Swannanoa, Montreat and Black Mountain. A quiet sleepy area that began primarily as a farming community, it became a thriving popular summer resort as the stagecoach and train systems expanded, and remains an active suburb nestled in the mountains, close to downtown Asheville. The Swannanoa Valley Museum in Black Mountain holds an amazing historical collection of the region. Housed in the old firehouse, the museum focuses its exhibits each year on different areas of Swannanoa Valley history, enabling new stories to be told from their collection. The focus this season is on the history of the African American population and its contribution to the culture of the Valley, as well as looking at the challenges of segregation and the struggle for equal education.
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