Western Office

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources 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. 

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.

Now on View at the Western Office – Blue Ridge Craft Trails

Featuring the works of nearly three dozen Western North Carolina craft artists, this exhibit is an extension of the new Blue Ridge Craft Trails, the newest initiative to be launched by the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.  This drivable trail project currently promotes over 150 diverse craft sites found in the North Carolina mountains and foothills. The project celebrates the region as a rich center for both traditional and contemporary handmade crafts.  The exhibit is made possible through a partnership between the North Carolina Arts Council, North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Appalachian Regional Commission, Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, Southern Highlands Craft Guild and the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.   

The exhibit will be on display at the Western Office of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources located in Asheville at 176 Riceville Road from February 10 to May 15.  Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Special programming is being planned to accompany the exhibit and will be announced soon. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information about the exhibit and special programs, call 828-250-3100.




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.

DNCR Western Office Contact Form