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 original settlers. Built circa 1870, 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. 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 2017 Open Season is June 17 to October 7.


The Banner House Museum is the centerpiece for the Greater Banner Elk Heritage Foundation's special events, cultural education, and outreach.

Our Next Event

Tuesday Evening Lecture: Panel Discussion on Banner Elk
Tuesday, August 22
7pm at the Banner Elk Book Exchange

Joe H. Perry, Charlie B. VonCanon, and Jean Webb will join a panel discussion on “Banner Elk in Days Gone By”. Joe H. and Charlie B. grew up in Banner Elk and were schoolmates all through elementary and high school. Jean is a well-recognized “fount’ of information about the history of this area. Bring your questions and be ready to hearlots of stories from the good ole days. Thisevent is presented in partnership with the Banner Elk Book Exchange. Visit their website for directions and more information on the BX!

You Are Here Lecture: Native Americans in These Mountains
Wednesday, August 23
4:30 at the Banner Elk Book Exchange

Native Americans in these Mountains: trading and traveling between the tribes of East Tennessee and the Joara Settlement. Presented by archeologist Jay Franklin, Ph.d, of East Tennessee State University. For more information on the University, check out This event is presented in partnershipwith the Banner Elk Book Exchange. Visit their website for directions and more informationon the BX!

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If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us at 828.898.3634, or email us.

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