April 2021 | news & updates
New Around Town
1888 Museum Open Daily
The little museum on Main Street is now open every day! After renovations that include an accessibility ramp, the historic cottage is now open for self-guided tours. The Historical Society has posted a video tour on their website so you can see and learn about its history from home, too.

Revolution Clothiers
The Charlotte-based Revolution Clothiers has recently opened a new location in Blowing Rock. The shop features unique clothing and accessories from brands with quality craftsmanship and dynamic style. Find them at 1107 Main Street.

Sidewalk to Bass Lake Begins
A sidewalk from Main Street to Bass Lake is currently under construction! When complete, it will offer an easy path from all the amenities of town to the network of trails at Moses Cone Memorial Park. We can't wait to see it completed this summer!
Over the next few months, drivers can expect incremental sections of weekday lane closure between Main Street and Bass Lake. The project will progress in sections, so delays should be minimal.
Take a Look
Tweetsie Railroad: New Season at Historic Attraction
Tweetsie Railroad opens April 2nd for the newest season in a long history in the Blue Ridge. Built in 1917, Engine No. 12 was a working train on the ET&WNC Railroad with a stop in nearby Boone. The name "Tweetsie" was given to the railroad and its trains by locals. After the closure of the railway in 1950, No. 12 spent a brief time at Shenandoah Central Railroad, then came into ownership of the Robbins family, by way of Gene Autry. Tweetsie Railroad opened as a family attraction in 1957!
**This season, all park visitors will be required to obtain advance tickets for a specific day and train ride time at Tweetsie Railroad. Get details at the link:
David Rogers photo
Flat Top Manor Open Through Restoration Work
Intensive restoration efforts on the exterior of Flat Top Manor have begun. The historic home will remain open to the public during this work, which is scheduled to be complete in the fall. Though it will be some time before the mansion is returned to its previous grandeur, a visit to view the work and progress has its own merit. Plus, the America's National Park bookstore will be open and the Southern Highland Craft Guild welcomes everyone back this season as they showcase the finest regional crafts inside the Manor. Crafting demonstrations are scheduled to begin on Memorial Day. Craft Guild hours for April begin on the 15th: Thursday-Sunday, 10am-4pm.
The Importance of Stewardship
This past year, as more people sought remote and unspoiled places during the pandemic, many natural areas experienced heavier traffic and use. We all want these places to remain unspoiled and beautiful, so it's up to all of us to do our part when we spend time in the great outdoors. Do you know the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace? The idea is that we minimize the impact of our visit to the wilderness. If we are all good stewards, these places will remain beautiful for us, our families and friends, and the creatures and plants that live there. See more about the 7 Principles and more ways to get involved at the link.
Coming Up Later
Art in the Park Begins
May 22
Six shows, selected Saturdays, May to October.
Blowing Rock Farmers
Market Begins May 20
Each Thursday, 3-6pm
Artists in Residence Begins May 29
Different artists each week
at Edgewood Cottage
Looking for Input
Local entertainment coordinators are looking for input as they consider live and virtual events for 2021. Do you have a moment to help? Share your thoughts in this survey from High Country Host. Answers will be shared with coordinators in Blowing Rock, Boone, Banner Elk, Beech Mountain, Sparta, Sugar Mountain, West Jefferson and Wilkesboro areas. The survey takes about 3 minutes.

Did you know?
Annie Oakley taught marksmanship classes in Blowing Rock at Mayview Manor, a resort that overlooked the John’s River Gorge.