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!

Historic Downtown Banner Elk Walking Tour
Saturday, July 9 (Rain Date: Sunday, July 10, 1pm only)

Walk along the path of history as you learn about some of Banner Elk’s most prominent Historic Buildings, their roles in the community and the business they house today. You will be surprised what you’ll learn! Back at the Museum, enjoy Open-House style tours and Appalachian music performed by Avery JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians). Tour tickets are $8 in advance or $10 on the day of the event and include Museum admission. We’re sorry, but Tickets are non-refundable. This event is co-sponsored by the Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce. The tour will be approximately 1 mile of walking including stairs and uneven terrain. We suggest wearing comfortable walking shoes. You may also want to sun protection or an umbrella.

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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