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. 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!

Docent Welcome Back and Orientation Luncheon
Thursday, June 9

An invitation event for our wonderful Volunteers! If you are interested in becoming a Docent or Volunteering in another way, please contact our Office and Museum Manager, Meredith Olan via email or phone (828-898-3634). We’d love to have you become part of our family!

Opening Day Event with Children’s Day Activities
Saturday, June 11

The lawn of the Banner House Museum will be buzzing with activity! Children can participate in heritage crafts, games and other activities. Bring a lawn chair to relax and listen to a performance by Foundation friends, Avery JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians). Inside the Banner House, enjoy Open-House style Museum tours. Activities and Tours are free that day as a gift to the public from the Foundation, though donations are greatly appreciated.

Click HERE to view the FULL Calendar of Events

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

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