Banner House Museum

Experience 19th century history of life in Banner Elk and the High Country in the home of Samuel Henry Banner, one of Banner Elk's original settlers. Wander back in time through the re-created household of the 1870-80s.

The Museum hosts daily guided tours mid-June through September by volunteer docents who will introduce you to life in the 1800's. You will learn about the history, culture and development of the local community and surrounding areas. The Museum is also host to special events and cultural education.


2015 Special Events

Children's Day at the Museum- Saturday, July 11th


Crafts and other activities on the lawn, Appalachian music, lemonade and cookies. Free museum tours for children and one accompanying adult.

Historic Banner Elk Cemetery Tour- Saturday, July 11th


A self-guided tour by the graves sites of many of Banner Elk's earliest settlers and others who played important roles in shaping the community. Family members will be on hand to share their personal memories and family stories. A $5.00 donation to the Greater Banner Elk Heritage Foundation and the Cemetery Committee is requested. In case of rain, event will be rescheduled.

Bus Tour of Historic Banner Elk- August 8th


Travel past many of Banner Elk’s oldest structures and learn about their significance to the community during the past 150 years. On Saturday, August 8, Lees-McRae College buses will chauffeur riders through the town while tour guides bring Banner Elk’s past alive. Tours last one hour and leave on the half hour from the parking lot behind the Banner House Museum. Tours begin 9:00 and continue until 1:00.

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

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