The focus of the Appalachian Women’s Museum is to restore the Monteith Farmstead in order to provide a home for the important, often undocumented, contributions of women in the cultural and natural history of the Appalachian region.
The Monteith Farmstead, built in the 1800’s, is located in the town of Dillsboro, North Carolina. According to the Southwest Office of Preservation North Carolina, the site is one of the best preserved examples of a mountain farmstead in the western part of the state.
We are a volunteer organization and rely on private and corporate donations. Currently we need funds to replace the existing porch so that it will be safe for tours into the home. Please consider donating any amount to help create a permanent home for the Appalachian Women’s Museum.
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Our Annual Mother’s Day Fundraising Campaign is essential in helping us achieve our goal of creating a permanent home to share the stories of Southern Appalachian women.
Last year, your generosity helped us restore the Monteith house roof. Thank you!
Your support also helped us create a new exhibit about our project. Here are a few of our new panels:
You can find out our other most recent accomplishments and our efforts to preserve the Monteith home by clicking News or Videos. Please consider giving again or for the first time. Thank you for your interest and your time. It’s through our wonderful volunteers and donors that we continue to make progress toward our goal!
The AWM is proud to announce that Susan Leveille is our new President. Ms. Leveille has owned Oaks Gallery at the Riverwood Shop for many years. In addition, Ms. Leveille has been a lifelong member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and has served as board president. She has also been active throughout the region as a teacher for more than 40 years at Penland School of Crafts, John C. Campbell Folk School, Western Carolina University and the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching. She was instrumental in the creation of the Dillsboro Merchants Association, the development of the Grovewood Gallery in Asheville, and assisted with the planning and organizing of Handmade in America. In 2014, Ms. Leveille received the North Carolina Heritage Award. We are honored and thrilled to welcome her as President of our organization.
Welcome to the Appalachian Women’s Museum web site! Follow our progress as we work to preserve the Monteith Farmstead in Dillsboro, NC so that we can create a permanent home to share the rich and diverse history of Southern Appalachian women.
We are thrilled to report that we have completed repairs to the Monteith House roof. This marks a major milestone in our efforts to preserve the farmstead. We are grateful for support from the Jackson County Commissioners, Board members, private donors from our community and around the country, and the Town of Dillsboro.
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