Celebrate Western North Carolina Heritage for the holidays

Dec 13, 2012

Special holiday trees decorated to highlight the cultural heritage of four western North Carolina communities are on display at the National Park Service’s Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center at Milepost 384 in Asheville.

Trees from the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville, along with trees from Bryson City, Mount Airy and Western North Carolina’s wine country in the Yadkin Valley, feature many handmade decorations that help tell the stories of these special places.   A fifth tree is decorated with commemorative and souvenir ornaments representing the National Park Service and the Blue Ridge Parkway. These items are available for sale and all proceeds benefit the Parkway and other national parks. Visitors to the center can find the perfect gift for the Parkway enthusiast; learn about local heritage, and support this national treasure.

The holiday tree exhibit, a joint effort between the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, the National Park Service and Eastern National, is on display through January 7, 2013.   The Visitor Center at Milepost 384 is open daily from 9:00 a.m.to 5:00 p.m.