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Banner House Museum / The Greater Banner Elk Heritage Foundation


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About Us

Experience 19th century life in Banner Elk and the High Country in the home of Samuel Henry Banner, one of Banner Elk’s early settlers and his his wife, Jane Hyder Banner, and their seven children. The circa 1870 house has been furnished with period heirlooms donated and loaned by area residents to tell the story of Banner Elk life from the 1870’s to the 1900’s. Additionally, an Exhibition Room highlights local history from the nineteenth and twentieth century.

Due to safety concerns for the public and our volunteers and supporters, as well as in observance of state and local COVID-19 mandates, GBEHF will follow the reopening plan below for the 2021 season (please check back for updated plans as circumstances change):
The Banner House Museum will open for guided outdoor walking tours or docented “Porch Talks” (see Calendar of Events page for details) beginning Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Masks required for guests while interacting with volunteers, even while on the tour. Indoor access will not be available for guests as this fragile nature of our historic objects does not allow for full adherence to CDC cleaning protocols. The Museum will close for the season on Saturday, September 18, 2021.

Cell phone app Walking Tours are available at your leisure. See Calendar for more information.

GBEHF has made the difficult decision to cancel all group events such as the Heritage Luncheon and the Bus Tour for the 2021 season. We look forward to bringing them back in 2022.

Travel Guide

Explore the Extraordinary

Home of the Annual Woolly Worm Festival
and the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

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