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The Mission of the Appalachian Women’s Museum is to gather, preserve, and share the stories of the women of Southern Appalachia.


Our Covid-19 operations

The Appalachian Women’s Museum is exercising safety by remaining closed for a bit longer.  We’ll post on Facebook and here on the website when we resume normal hours.  

Meanwhile…there are LOTS of volunteer opportunities outside and inside in preparation of our reopening.  We finally have water outside next to the kitchen, so we are busy planting cold weather crops. 


Ordinary Women Leading Extraordinary Lives

The mountains of western North Carolina are breathtaking.  However, it wasn’t always an easy place to live.  For many women, life in the Southern Appalachians was hard with raising children on very little means, caring for families and making a living in an isolated part of America.  No matter the circumstances, these women faced whatever came their way with determination, grit and grace.

Some women achieved prominence in the arts, government, education and social causes while others achieved success through raising productive children. Regardless of their status, it is stories of these ordinary women leading extraordinary lives that must be preserved and shared to inspire future generations.

The Appalachian Women’s Museum is an organization governed by an all-volunteer board, augmented by part-time staff, who has worked to open the doors of the Monteith Farmstead in Dillsboro, North Carolina to house and retell these stories through a living museum.  The Monteith Farmhouse is finishing renovations and the AWM Board is actively planning permanent and rotating exhibits.  We are excited to partner with community organizations such as: WCU Mountain Heritage Center, WCU History Department, County Extension, and the Cherokee Preservation Foundation.


 

We’ve Come A Long Way!

Monteith Farmhouse before Appalachian Women's Museum Appalachian Women's Museum present day

 

Since 2016, the museum has made tremendous renovations to the farmhouse that now houses the AWM exhibits.  In 2020  we put on a new roof and were able to get running water outside. Through countless volunteer hours and continued support from private and community donations, the house can now be open to the public from Spring through Fall on Saturdays.   We hope to resume these hours of operation in 2021. 

Your friendship and donations are very important. Please friend us on Facebook @AppalachianWomensMuseum to keep up with what is happening or send us an email if you would like to get involved! We would love to have you in our volunteer based organization.