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. Built circa 1870, 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. 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 2017 Open Season is June 17 to October 7.


The Banner House Museum is the centerpiece for the Greater Banner Elk Heritage Foundation's special events, cultural education, and outreach.

Our Next Event

You Are Here Lecture: A Special Story Telling Event: Facepainting to Ellie’s Long Walk
Wednesday, July 19
4:30 at the Banner Elk Book Exchange

Noted area facepainter, Trish Daniels, will transform listeners into the hero dog of the story as well as the forest creatures she meets on her adventure. This event is presented in partnership with the Banner Elk Book Exchange. Visit their website for directions and more information on the BX!

Tuesday Evening Lecture: Randy Johnson
Tuesday, July 25
7pm at the Banner Elk Book Exchange

Randy Johnson, author of Grandfather Mountain: The History and Guide to an Appalachian Icon will speak about his 40-year love affair with this beloved mountain. Johnson started Grandfather Mountain’s modern trail program in the 1970’s and has been writing and researching the mountain and the high country ever since. “I set out to truly honor not only Grandfather Mountain, but also the heritage and history of the people of Avery and Watauga counties.” This book is a finalist for both the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards in the travel category.

(This book will be available for purchase, along with two of his other books on hiking.) This event is presented in partnership with the Banner Elk Book Exchange. Visit their website for directions and more information on the BX!

"Secrets of the Old Turnpike Road" Bus Tour
Saturday, July 29
Tours depart on the half hour: 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon (The Museum will open at 8:30 this morning)

The Foundation’s most coveted event of previous seasons, Lees-McRae buses will chauffeur riders down Old Turnpike Road West. Designated as a North Carolina Scenic Byway, this road offers an intriguing amount of history we think many would be surprised to learn. Back at the Museum, docents will welcome guests in Open-House style. Bus Tour Reservation Guidelines: UPDATE! We are thrilled to announce that Lees-McRae is providing us with larger buses! Therefore, we are happy to take reservations over the phone during office hours: 828-898-3634 Wed-Sat 11-3. Please check-in at the departure point no later than 15 minutes prior to boarding time. A final call for reservations will be given 5 minutes prior to boarding time. If you are not present 5 minutes prior to boarding, waitlisted people and walk-ins will be allowed on the bus in the order that they signed up. Waitlisted people and walk-ins are advised to also check-in 15 minutes prior to boarding. Thanks to Lees-McRae, there is no charge for the tour but donations are gratefully accepted.

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

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