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Holiday Greetings
We've been busy at the HomePlace preparing for you.
Christmas Open House Rescheduled for Sunday, December 17, 2- 4 PM  

Join us at the newly completed Gathering Place at the Earl and Betty Banks Young Center located on Joe Young Road in Burnsville. 

Cookies and refreshments will be served near the Christmas tree, and Santa has promised to drop by for photos so bring your camera.

The newly furnished Josiah and Frances Ray Young Cabin is decorated for the holidays thanks to the volunteer efforts of Pam Hughes and Fern Bray (Josiah's descendants) who, with their sons, spent the day helping us get ready. Thanks also to Joan Bowers for volunteering. Special thanks to Bill Young whose contribution made possible the tables and chairs at the Gathering Place and three Christmas trees. 

This event is open to everyone so bring your friends for a tour of the cabin.

Post a selfie with Santa on Facebook or Instagram and collect a prize.


HomePlace Video Release

We are proud to share the first in a series of videos about our Young heritage. Watch closely, you might be in it. Please send friends to our website to view it and learn more.

In 2018 we plan to capture more stories. If you are interested in helping us record oral histories let's talk about how you can be involved.

A special thanks to Alan Young for making this video possible.

Need the Perfect Last-minute Holiday Gift?

Give the gift of a membership  to the HomePlace
to family and friends. We've made it easy by wrapping gift certificates in a festive envelope
that comes with a treat. It makes for a beautiful 
stocking stuffer or gift under the tree. Pick one
up today.

Memberships start at $100.

For questions call 828.536.0337

The HomePlace Has Received a Challenge.
If we secure 300 memberships by the end of 2018 we will be awarded a $50,000 grant for operational support. If you are not a member, please join us at any of these levels: Bronze $100; Silver $250+; Gold $500+; Council of Elders $1,000+; Patriarch $5,000+; Founder $10,000+.

Thank you members for your continued support in helping establish the historic Young HomePlace. We could not do it without you.

Your tax-deductible donation can be made:
  • With debit or credit card
  • Through PayPal on our website, or on Facebook
  • Over the phone
  • Mail a check  
If you have questions, or if you would like to arrange a tour or a special event, please contact us.

Young HomePlace
134 Joe Young Road
Burnsville, North Carolina 28714

Young HomePlace is a nonprofit organization that preserves and promotes the family history of the descendants of Strawbridge and Martha Wilson Young and documents the pioneer roots of Southern Appalachia. 

Our Goals
  • To ensure that the 10,000+ Young descendants scattered throughout the United States and the world can return to the HomePlace and experience “from whence they came” and to preserve this place for their children and grandchildren and their grandchildren..

  • To experience how they lived through hands-on learning on this magnificent site with an unparalleled view of Young’s Knob, and featuring the Cabin, Museum, and Gathering Center.

  • To create the Southern Appalachian Center for Pioneer Life as an education and destination site for tour groups, school children, and researchers. 

  •  To know our ancestors through the study of genealogy, oral history, video productions, and memorabilia

Our Plans
Expansion plans include developing a premier Center for Pioneer Life with a model subsistence farm brimming with activities and learning opportunities. It will be renowned for its outstanding collection, thoughtful programs, and historic resources.


In the Past Eighteen Months the HomePlace Has:

  • Obtained ten acres of prime family property originally purchased by our great, great grandfather in 1837.
  • Restored the 1845 Josiah and Frances Ray Young cabin.
  • Secured the names and addresses for over 800 descendants.
  • Acquired and renovated the Earl and Betty Banks Young Center which will house offices, exhibits, the Gathering Place, and the Ancestor Center.
  • Acquired two 2,000 square foot buildings, one for archives and memorabilia and one for a learning center. 
  • Employed three professional staff members.
  • Acquired access to an original root cellar, the Dottery Young Cabin (circa 1870), and two hiking trails. 
  • Organized two annual gatherings, each with several hundred descendants in attendance.