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Heritage Day at Banner House Sept. 3

Article Published: Aug. 18, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

The Banner House Museum will celebrate Heritage Day Saturday, Sept. 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year's events will focus on a centennial theme called "Turn of the Century Mountain Arts and Crafts."

Craftsmen and artisans will be present for hands-on demonstrations of early mountain crafts. The Banner House will feature such artisans as Rob Anderson, who will be demonstrating the art of wicker weaving.

The theme complements the museum's current turn-of-the-century exhibits featuring the Banner Elk Hotel, Edgar Tufts and Lees-McRae College, Dr. W.C. Tate, and a special Heritage Quilt Exhibit.

In addition, the museum is featuring a commemorative historic photograph section in honor of the centennial year. Special guests this year include Michael Reno Harrell, an award-winning songwriter, storyteller and entertainer; The Rolling Jones Band, old-time bluegrass music; and Appalachian Storytelling by Doyle Pace and Linda Spitzer.

Carolina Barbecue will be on site, or visitors can plan to have a family picnic on the lawn.

The event is free, but there will be scheduled museum tours for a small admission fee - $5 for adults and $1 for children ages 6 to 12. For more information call (828) 898-3634 or email the foundation at (

The Banner House Museum, located at 7990 Hickory Nut Gap Road in Banner Elk, is open through Oct. 15, Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit

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