Western Office A service branch of the Office of Archives and History in the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, DNCR's Western Office offers professional expertise in historic resource management. Our office was established to serve the western region of the state and was officially opened on September 4, 1978. We are located at 176 Riceville Road, in the former VA Hospital "Building 13," a contributing property in the Oteen Veterans Administration Hospital National Register Historic District in Asheville. View Our Online Exhibit In accordance with Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 117, and to help limit the spread of COVID-19, the Western Office will suspend public operations beginning Mar. 17. All events and programs are canceled during this time. If questions please use the DNCR Western Office contact form at the bottom of this page, or contact us by phone at 828-250-3100. We apologize for any inconvenience. Archaeology The archaeologist based at DNCR's Western Office coordinates and implements a region-wide program of prehistoric and historic archaeology Archives and Records DCR's Western Office operates one of the State Archives' two regional research facilities and helps local government agencies effectively manage their public records. Assistance for Local Museums A major goal of the Western Office is to provide local museums and historical societies direction, advice and technical assistance in areas where they have limited experience and/or resources. Historic Preservation Representatives of the State Historic Preservation Office can help with identification, evaluation, protection and enhancement of properties significant in North Carolina history and archaeology Regional Representatives: Land and Water Stewardship The Western Office is home to representatives of the Clean Water Management Trust Fund and the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program. Recreation Resource Service RRS is the nation’s oldest technical assistance program for parks and recreation agencies in North Carolina. RRS provides technical assistance, applied research, and continuing education for the state. Our Location The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Western Office is located near the intersection of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Tunnel Road, right next to the Charles George Veterans Affairs Medical Center, at 176 Riceville Road in Asheville. You can contact us by phone at 828-250-3100. Our normal hours of operation are Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.