Sometimes the most interesting museums to visit are not in large cities or in other countries, but only three hours away from where you live nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina.
There are two floors to this historical museum with exhibits filling every room from spinning wheels to a vintage feed sack exhibit.
One of the rooms had an exhibit of a replica of an early farmhouse kitchen. Do you see the oil lamp on the table and the candles on the wall? This was the source of lighting a room after dark before the days of electricity.
In another room is an exhibit of Dr. Killian’s working office where he practiced medicine from the late 1800’s until 1940’s. He was one of Clay County’s most dedicated doctors. One his desk is one of his ledgers where he kept records of all the visits and charges for each patient. Small log books could be carried in his saddlebag.
These photographs are just a glimpse into what you will find in this unique country museum. And, if you ever visit the museum make sure to see the Cherokee Homestead Outdoor Exhibit located outside. Below is only one of the things you will see.
The American Cherokee Indian villages in the early 1700’s would have looked like this one that’s on exhibit.
Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, September 12 , 2013