Welcome to the Banner House Museum!
Experience 19th century life in Banner Elk and the High Country in the home of Samuel Henry Banner, one of Banner Elk’s early settlers and his his wife, Jane Hyder Banner, and their seven children. The circa 1870 house has been furnished with period heirlooms donated and loaned by area residents to tell the story of Banner Elk life in the 1870’s and 1880’s. Additionally, an Exhibition Room highlights local history from the nineteenth and twentieth century.
The Museum welcomes visitors during our “Open Season,” which extends mid-June through late September. Wednesday through Saturday – 11 am to 3 pm, knowledgeable docents guide guests through the home to illustrate the history, culture, and development of the local community and surrounding areas. The 2018 Season runs from June 16 to October 6.
The Banner House Museum is the centerpiece for the Greater Banner Elk Heritage Foundation’s special events, cultural education, and outreach.
Our Next Event
Independence Day-Free Tours!
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Special hours: 12 Noon-3:00pm
Celebrate freedom with free admission! The Museum will open at noon after the Banner Elk Town Parade and we welcome visitors to tour the Museum for free as our gift to the community.
Heritage Bus Tour: Hidden Stories of Hickory Nut Gap Road
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Tours depart on the half hour: 10:00 am to 12:00 Noon. The Museum will open at 9:30 this morning.
You may have ventured up this winding mountain road a time or two, but we feel certain you don’t know the hidden history of Hickory Nut Gap Road! Back at the Museum, docents will welcome guests to an open-house. Bus Tour reservations are strongly suggested. After July 25, we are happy to take reservations over the phone during office hours: 828-898-3634 Wed-Sat 11-3. Current 2018 Patrons may make earlier reservations beginning July 18. Please check-in at the departure point no later than 15 minutes prior to boarding time. A final call for reservations will be given 5 minutes prior to boarding time. If you are not present 5 minutes prior to boarding, waitlisted people and walk-ins will be allowed on the bus in the order that they signed up. Waitlisted people and walk-ins are advised to also check-in 15 minutes prior to boarding. Thanks to Lees-McRae, who provides our buses, there is no charge for the tour but donations are suggested and gratefully accepted.
NEW THIS SEASON! Guided Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Banner Elk
Offered by limited appointment availability for $10 per adult
Previously an annual event, we are pleased to offer this tour more frequently. Walk along the path of history as you learn about some of Banner Elk’s most prominent historic buildings, their roles in the community and the business they house today. You will be surprised what you’ll learn! For reservations or more information, please call 828.898.3634 during Museum hours or email us anytime!
The tour will be approximately 1 mile of walking including stairs and uneven terrain. We suggest wearing comfortable walking shoes. You may also want to sun protection or an umbrella.
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