19th Century History - Banner Elk Walking Tour
Historic Banner Elk Walking Tours
Follow a path through the 19th century history of the small mountain town of Banner Elk, beginning at the home of one of the founding families, Samuel Henry Banner. Tour the Banner House Museum and then rent a CD ($5) for the self-guided tour that will bring to life Banner Elk history from the late 1860s to the present. Find out where horses forded the Elk River, see the site of the saw and gristmill of the Banners, and discover the stories behind the stone buildings on the Lees-McRae campus. You will leave us with a greater knowledge and appreciation of Appalachian Mountain history!

The tour, which takes approximately two hours, covers incredibly beautiful but uneven ground, steep hills, and the route is about 1.5 miles long. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your camera and water.

Tours of the historic district of Banner Elk leave from the Banner House Museum Tuesday through Saturday during visitor hours. It is suggested that you leave no later than 2PM and return before the museum closes at 4PM.



If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us 828.898.3634, email us, or use our online request form.

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