Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center
Community: Black Mountain
This year, our annual Historic Haunted House Tour will take guests back in time to discover the ghostly, spooky, and fun parts of downtown Black Mountain’s history.
Tours last two hours and leave the Museum on the half hour beginning at 5:30PM on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26. The last tour leaves at 7:30pm both evenings. Advance registration is recommended as there is limited space on each tour.
Tour Times: 5:30PM, 6:00PM, 6:30PM, 7:00PM, 7:30PM
Distance: less than 1 mile on sidewalks
Approximate Tour Time: 2 hours
Ticket Price Includes: Drinks, a light meal, and FUN!
Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your tour is scheduled to depart.
About the Tour
Walking through Black Mountain’s downtown historic district can feel like a trip back in time. Most of the brick facades, which came in vogue after a major fire destroyed many of the town’s wooden structures in 1912, are the same as they were 100 years ago. Though the people that inhabit the structures have changed, their stories--and sometimes their spirits--remain.
Many of these spirits will reveal themselves on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26, when the Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center hosts their annual Historic Haunted House Tour in downtown Black Mountain.
The two-hour tours begin at Black Mountain’s historic fire house at 223 West State Street, which is now home to the Museum. Led by costumed guides, the tours leave every half hour from 5:30pm until 7:30pm on both nights.
After departing from the Museum, the tour will venture across the railroad tracks to Black Mountain Avenue, home to some of the oldest structures in downtown Black Mountain. Participants will wind through what at one time was a morgue operated by James W. McKoy, but now is Design Driven Studio. The one-story structure was originally built c1880 using blasted rock pulled from the Swannanoa Tunnel, rock that was ultimately responsible for the deaths of many convicts forced to construct the steep railroad grade up the mountain from Old Fort into Black Mountain.
Next on the tour, just across the street, is the McKoy Building, now known as The Junction. Built around 1890 by James W. McKoy, the two-story brick buildin