Banner Elk Heritage - Mountains of Western North Carolina

Greater Banner Elk Heritage Foundation
The GBEHF is a charitable and philanthropic entity, which devotes its energies and funds in an endeavor to protect the heritage of the greater Banner Elk area and strives to ensure that the infrastructure and cosmetic appearance of Banner Elk remains appealing to our local residents and visitors while retaining the "small town" atmosphere. The heritage of the Greater Banner Elk area will be recorded and maintained by the Foundation for future generations.

Reasons for Being
Banner Elk is a small village in the Mountains of Western North Carolina with a limited tax base of only ~900 residents. It is mostly landlocked preventing any significant growth. Consequently, the village has very limited resources to spend on improving its infrastructure and appearance. The village and area are destinations for visitors attracted to Beech, Sugar, and Grandfather Mountains, plus other recreational facilities.

The primary source of revenue to make these improvements is an occupancy tax imposed on overnight visitors. This tax is not sufficient to make the needed improvements in a timely manner.

With these identified needs, the Banner Elk Tourism Development Authority (TDA), which collects and disburses the occupancy tax, voted to fund the start up of the Foundation. This seed money and numerous donations launched The Greater Banner Elk Heritage Foundation.
The Greater Banner Elk
Heritage Foundation
Board Members
President Judy Hilsmier
Vice President Janice LaCapra
Secretary Rebecca Bolick
Treasurer Linda Williams
David Barber
Sally Breslauer
Debbie Buxton
BR Hoffman
Brenda Lyerly
Jo-Ann McMurray
Anne Shinn
McNair Tornow
Emeritus members
Sylvia Hahn
Jane B. Stephenson
Deka Tate
Charlie B. VonCanon, Jr.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us via 828.898.3634 or email us or use our online request form.

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