From the mysterious disappearance of Roanoke settlers to the Wright brothers' first flight, the Outer Banks are historically important yes, but they are also postcard pretty with enough beach to share between summer visitors.
Asheville's first mansion and oldest extant building, the Smith McDowell House, was built in the pre-Civil War years and has since seen a steady progression of notable residents. These days, the house is open to the public as a history museum, filled with period furnishings and exhibits related to Appalachain life over the centuries. On the grounds there is also a memorial to the hundreds of local men who died fighting in the Civil War and were never properly buried. The Smith McDowell House hosts a variety of seasonal exhibits and programs, contact the facility for more information.
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