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 1870s and 1880s. 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

Historic Downtown Banner Elk Walking Tour
Saturday, September 2  (Rain Date: Sunday, September 3 at 1 pm only)

10:00am-1:00pm Walk along the path of history as you learn about some of Banner Elks most prominent Historic Buildings, their roles in the community and the business they house today. You will be surprised what youll learn! Back at the Museum, enjoy Open-House style tours. There is no charge for this event but donations are gratefully accepted. Reservations suggested but walk-ins welcome. Tours leave from the Banner House Museum on the half hour.
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.

Quilt Show and Lecture
Saturday, September 9
11:00am to 3:00pm at the Historic Banner Elk School Gymnasium

Heirloom quilts and contemporary textile arts will be displayed and discussed at the Historic Banner Elk School Gymnasium. Pause at noon for a demonstration by renowned local quilter Leniavell Trivette and her sister, Evanell Trivette Thomas, who will demonstrate rug making. To complement the Show, the Banner House Museum will be welcoming guests in Open-House style with an emphasis on the textiles on display. $5 suggested donation includes Museum Admission.

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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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