Black Mountain, N.C.

The films will be preceded by a short talk on Arthur Penn’s legacy in American film, rooted in his experiences as a student at Black Mountain College. Read more


The college is most often remembered for attracting many of America’s leading visual artists, composers, poets, and designers like Buckminster Fuller, Josef and Anni Albers, Ruth Asawa, Merce Cunningham, and John Cage. Read more


Come rock a spell photo

Black Mountain is a magnet for arts and culture, a playground for outdoor adventure, a utopia for shopping and browsing, and a feast for culinary pallets. Whether you’re a loafer or explorer, Black Mountain is a destination that does it all. Read more

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Black Mountain, N.C.

Sarah E. Kucharski photo

White settlers first explored the Black Mountain area in 1784, though the Cherokee lived there long before. In the Cherokee language, Swannanoa Valley means “beautiful valley,” and what is today Black Mountain was once known as Grey Eagle. Read more

Unpaved roads

Michael Meissner illustration

We follow a long, hot highway from New Mexico to North Carolina. The paved road shimmers, taking us from mesa, dirt road, and desert into the moist, green South. I am a Southerner, ready to re-embrace my heritage of slow life, rain, and loamy soil. Read more


Shopping in Black Mountain

Michael Beadle photo

Black Mountain offers the kind of gentle pace you find in a front-porch rocking chair. With its haven of downtown shops, majestic mountain views, and nearby attractions, worldly travelers are finding their way to this front porch. Read more