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Asheville History Center announces upcoming Bartram exhibition

Smith McDowell House RS

The Asheville History Center is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition: “Bartram’s Journey; The 1775 Journey of William to Western North Carolina.”

William Bartram by Charles Willson Peale, from life, c. 1808. Photo courtesy, Independence National Historical Park

The exhibition opened Friday, June 12 during extended museum hours at the Smith-McDowell House, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

General admission throughout the day included a complimentary ticket to an evening reception and an introductory presentation by special guest, Brent Martin, the Southern Appalachian Director of The Wilderness Society from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Ferguson Auditorium in the A-B Tech campus.

Standalone tickets purchased at Ferguson will be $10. All events are free for members of the Asheville History Center.

The exhibition will examine Bartram’s expedition during which he collected plant specimens, created illustrations of local flora and fauna, and interacted with the Cherokee Indians. These experiences were related in his late 1780s book “Travels Through North and South Carolina, East and West Florida . . . Containing An Account of the Soil and Natural Productions of Those Regions.”

The exhibition will also include artwork by Asheville area artists and unique glass floral sculptures from Atlanta-based Frabel Studios.

Related programing and special events during the exhibition will highlight Bartram’s connection to both the natural world and Western North Carolina. Visit for further information.

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