August, 2019
Dear Shelton House Patrons, Donors, and Friends,

The Shelton House Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers are trying very hard to sustain and maintain this beautiful example of 19th century architecture, history, culture, and heritage crafts. It won't happen without YOU!

What’s “New" is Old Again!
If you haven't been to Shelton House for the 2019 season, you haven't been to Shelton House! The house was reorganized during the winter as much needed updates and "sprucing up" took place. It's an all new museum, in the same historic home with the same emphasis on the History, Heritage, and Crafts of our local North Carolinian roots. An emphasis is being placed on the history behind Shelton House, like never before, while continuing to honor the hard work and dedication of past associates like founder of the Museum, Mary Cornwell, The Village of Yesteryear, and all the artists and crafters who have donated their beautiful work over the years. We appreciate the many volunteers and workers who have helped to preserve the museum and our patrons, like you, who support us!

What’s Going On this Season?
On June 22-23, we held the 1 st Annual Blue Ridge Heritage Weekend which featured a craft fair, music, food, and “the Birth of Clogging” activities. Except for the rain, the event was wonderful for our Shelton Campus partnership which included the Shelton House, the HART Theatre, and the Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market. Plans are already underway for June 20-21, 2020 for our 2 nd weekend, so mark your calendars and come join in the fun of this community event.

We are continuing to hold our community outreach events. Our Kid's Craft events are taking place April through August - on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 10am to 11am. Bring the Kids and check out Haywood’s Historic Farmer's Market while we entertain your children with a fun filled craft they can take home.

For the third year, we are featuring our Special Crafter showcases every 3rd Saturday from 10am to 12pm from April through September. Stop by to see some amazing artists and crafters demonstrate their skill.
Already featured:      
 April - Fly Rod Restoration and
Tips by Tommy Thomas
May - Artists - Francoise Lynch & Martha Tracey
June - Jewelry by Ilene Kay
July - Basketry and Caning by William &
Deborah Douglas
Still to come:              
August - Natural Spinning and Weaving by Julie Wilson &
Hannah Shimabukuro
September - Pottery by Laura Sturgell

A new addition this season is a special exhibit in the new Barn Exhibit Room. This season’s exhibit which opened June 22 and will continue through Labor Day is called "A Garden of Quilts". It features beautiful quilts from Appalachia and surrounding areas, many dating back to the 19th century and made by local Haywood families including the Plott’s, Kinsland’s, and many more. After this exhibit, these special quilts will be retired for restoration reasons for a time.

In October, we will once again host our Halloween Fundraiser "Ghosts and Growlers Masquerade Ball" on Friday, October 25 with food, wine, beer, dancing, an open house of the "Haunted Shelton House", fortune telling by Madame Zoltana and much, much more!

To conclude this year, on December 8 we will host our Appalachian Christmas event (with a visit by Santa Claus) and the Grand Illumination of the House and Tinsel Trail. The Tinsel Trail is a new event which will include trees decorated by local businesses and organizations and will be open through January 2, 2020. Contact Shelton House if you would like to sponsor a tree in our Tinsel Trail.

And last but not least is our NEW Shelton Carriage House Gift Shop which is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11am till 4pm. You will be amazed at the level of talent we have!! Looking for a gift, souvenir, or will find it here! We have 33 different artists featured in our Gift Shop!

As you can see, we have been and are busy at Shelton House; however, the truth is, without your support Shelton House would not be what it is today...a beautiful example of the tenacity of the Appalachian Spirit. We need your continued support to help us maintain and preserve the house, grounds, and crafts so that this wonderful National Treasure and its beauty may be enjoyed for years to come.

How to Support the Shelton House.
·          Visit the webpage - and click on the support link, then click on Become a Patron or click on the link below
·          Mail a check to Shelton House, PO Box 145 Waynesville, NC 28786
·          Stop by Shelton House and leave a donation. We would love to take you on a tour so you can see all we have been up to.

The Shelton House Board of Directors and Staff thank you for your support.


Sarah Jane League

Sarah Jane League
Chair, Shelton House Board of Directors 

Shelton House
P.O. Box 145
49 Shelton Street
Waynesville, NC 28786