Experience 19th century life in Banner Elk and the High Country in the home of Samuel Henry Banner, one of Banner Elk's original settlers. Completed in 1867, the home of Samuel, his wife, Jane Hyder Banner, and their seven children 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. 2016 Open Season is June 11 through October 1. 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 Banner House Museum is the centerpiece for the Greater Banner Elk Heritage Foundation's special events, cultural education, and outreach.
Our Next Event
The Banner House Museum will mark its tenth season of operation this summer along with the Greater Banner Elk Heritage Foundation’s most ambitious Calendar of Events yet!
Saturday, July 23
Walk amongst the grave sites of many of Banner Elk's earliest settlers and others who played important roles in shaping the community on a self-guided tour of the Historic Banner Elk Cemetery. To further enrich this unique experience, descendants of several families will be on hand to share their personal memories and family stories. To complement the Tour, the Banner House Museum will be welcome guests in Open-House style. A minimum suggested $5 donation is requested for the Cemetery Tour. Regular Museum Admission, or free with a $5 donation for the Tour (tickets will be given).
We suggest wearing comfortable walking shoes.
In case of rain, event will be rescheduled...please check this site and Facebook
The Banner House Museum will be CLOSED on Wednesday, July 27 for our Heritage Luncheon event. We look forward to seeing you when we re-open on Thursday, July 28.
Heritage Luncheon at Elk River Club
Wednesday, July 27
A signature event for the Foundation, an elegant and entertaining luncheon at the Elk River Club will feature young Appalachian Musicians. Keynote speaker Jerry Turbyfill will provide a glimpse of the area’s railroad history. Traditionally an invitation event, please contact the Foundation to be added to the invitation list. (Individual Tickets are $50).
We suggest purchasing your tickets early and encouraging your friends to do the same so that we may accommodate table arrangement requests.
"Seldom Seen Lees-McRae" Bus Tour
Saturday, August 6
Tours depart on the half hour: 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon (The Museum will open at 8:30 this morning)
The Foundation’s most coveted event of previous seasons, Lees-McRae buses will chauffeur riders onto Lees-McRae’s campus to view the “Seldom Seen” structures you may have been wondering about-or never knew were there! Back at the Museum, docents will welcome guests in Open-House style. Appalachian music will be performed by Avery JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians). Bus Tour Reservation Guidelines We are thrilled that our Bus Tours are so popular! However, this popularity has required that we institute the following reservations system: General Public Reservations for the Bus Tour begin on Thursday, July 28 (Current 2016 Patrons may begin reservations on Wednesday, July 20). Reservations must be made in person at the Banner House Museum. Only 2 seats may be reserved per person. TICKET MUST BE PRESENTED AT CHECK-IN. 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, there is no charge for the tour but donations are gratefully accepted.
Click HERE to view the FULL Calendar of Events