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Interesting history

The museum was very informative, educational and in excellent condition. The tour director was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Boone, North Carolina
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Opportunity to learn on many topics

The tour included info on the origin of the 1875 house, owners, local artisans, crafts, info on one... read more

Reviewed 8 June 2018
Cornelia Z
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We are a museum of handicrafts predominantly made in Western North Carolina in an historic Charleston-style home. We also have an extensive Native American collection, originally belonging to Indian agent and owner of the home, Will T. Shelton.
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49 Shelton St, Waynesville, NC 28786-5795
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Professional, affordable, educational, clean and welcoming. Many informative, beautiful original displays, Learned a lot about the area and its history.

Thank Ellen P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum was very informative, educational and in excellent condition. The tour director was excellent and knew the history of the museum and very knowledgeable. Excellent tour

Thank kingbobbiejo
Reviewed 8 June 2018 via mobile

The tour included info on the origin of the 1875 house, owners, local artisans, crafts, info on one owner who was an Indian agent out west and brought back many artifacts. Felt we got insight into a century rural American life from mid 1800's from...More

Thank Cornelia Z
Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

For a Mother’s day treat my mom and I visited this beautiful old house. The tour guide was terrific and very knowledgeable. The museum had a unique mix of beautiful objects everything from hopi baskets to face jugs. The grounds were very nice and the...More

Thank Blhatton
Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

I went here expecting to find much more than is available. These beautiful collectons were actually private ones. As a way of preserving this house and artifacts, they are well taken care of for future generations. While I loved that part, how much of a...More

1  Thank Jene D
Reviewed 21 June 2017

We learned of this museum on TripAdvisor, and we were delighted by our tour. The docent, Grace, was very schooled in the information that she shared with us, and she was also very funny. The first room on the tour displayed a large collection of...More

Thank Maureen B
Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is a wonderful museum full of human ingenuity. Door mats made out of corn husks, stair step corners covers made from..I'll surprise you. If you like American crafts this is a museum you will enjoy. Our hostess was very personable and knowledgeable, we enjoyed...More

1  Thank Pat M
Reviewed 5 September 2016

Had been to Waynesville a number of times and just found this fabulous museum. The home is beautifully maintained, and each room is filled with handicrafts. Our tour lasted two hours and was filled with interesting historical facts about the house and information on the...More

Thank Meredith M
Reviewed 27 July 2016

We spent a few hours at the Shelton House, shown around by Ms. Stephens, the curator. We learned about the Shelton family history over decades, family involvement with native American tribes in NC and NM, and viewed wonderful artifacts from the past century or so....More

3  Thank 156patriciag
Reviewed 20 July 2016

My mom and I enjoyed walking around this old house. The stories were so interesting and the gardens were lovely. So much history and a fascinating mixture of items in each room. The handmade quilts were beautiful. Lots to see... Best to go during the...More

Thank Beverly S
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