Lying in the Shadows of North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest is a little mountain town where southern hospitality reigns, history is significant, and natural beauty abounds. My kids and I spent an afternoon in Old Fort recently and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
You can easily spend an entire day at Old Fort visiting Davidson’s Fort, hiking to Catawba Falls, seeing the Angel Statue Thomas Wolfe’s father lost in a card game, visiting the Arrowhead Art Gallery, and visiting the Mountain Gateway Museum. Unfortunately, Andrews Geyser is currently not functioning due to drought. We chose to spend a little time at the Mountain Gateway Museum.
MOUNTAIN GATEWAY MUSEUM
The museum is small, but it’s focused on some of the key elements of historic North Carolina mountain life. Some of my favorite exhibits were a display of pottery, a photo exhibit of North Carolina pork bbq, a moonshine still, and a representation of a typical log cabin from the 1800’s.
MOONSHINE STILL EXHIBIT
We then moved outside where there are two 19th Century log cabins for display on the museum grounds. Although, both are original to the area, they were moved to the current location for preservation and educational purposes.
THE MORGAN CABIN, BUILT IN THE 1880’s
THE STEP CABIN, BUILT IN THE LATE 1860’s
My kids favorite area was the amphitheater behind the cabins. It was a naturally beautiful area. They took turns on the stage while the others sat in the audience. It was so fun to watch them. And, for the sake of honesty, I heard some quotes from Austenland. Those kids have me laughing all the time.
There was also a creek that ran behind the amphitheater and cabins. It was so picturesque.
We had a great afternoon, but there was so much that we didn’t do. I’m going to plan another trip back so that I can visit Davidson’s Fort and hike up to Catawba Falls. Old Fort is definitely a North Carolina mountain town worth visiting, but then again, aren’t they all?