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North Carolina Western Regional Archives

The Western Regional Archives (WRA) collects, preserves, and makes available for public use historical and evidential materials relating to western North Carolina. The WRA is administered by the State Archives of North Carolina and carries out its archival mission and programs. The holdings consist primarily of private collections and some microfilmed county records.

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Appalachia a Century Ago

Mountain Gateway Museum

Preserving artifacts and other historical materials relating to the history and heritage of North Carolina in a local, regional, national, and international context to assist people in understanding how the past influences the present.

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Cultural Celebrations

Mountain Culture

Western North Carolina has a proud cultural heritage, producing a unique style of arts, craft and music that is still celebrated and enjoyed today. Various events and festivals are held year-round.

Local Breweries