The Shelton House staff, and volunteers and board are working hard to sustain and maintain the Shelton House and its grounds. It’s a beautiful example of 19th century architecture, history, culture, and heritage crafts — and it’s the only Nationally Registered House in Waynesville open to the public for tours.
“If you haven’t been to Shelton House this year, you haven’t been to Shelton House,” said Sarah Jane League, Shelton House board of directors’ chairperson. “The house was reorganized during the winter as much needed updates and ‘sprucing up’ took place. It’s an all new museum, in the same historic home, with emphasis on the history, heritage and crafts of our North Carolinian roots.”
This seasonThe inaugural Blue Ridge Heritage Weekend was held June 22-23, on the Shelton House campus, featuring a craft fair, music, food, and “the Birth of Clogging” activities.
“The event was wonderful for our Shelton Campus partnership, including the Shelton House, the HART Theatre, and the Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market,” League said. “Plans are already underway for the second heritage weekend, June 20-21, 2020, so mark your calendars to join in the fun.”
Children’s craft events were held April — August, in the Shelton House Barn, coinciding with the Haywood’s Historic Farmer’s Market in the HART parking area.
For the third year, Shelton House featured Special Crafter showcases the third Saturday April — September. The events provided an opportunity for people to visit with artists and crafters and see them demonstrating their skills.
Already featured during 2019 were: April — fly rod restoration and tips, by Tommy Thomas; May — artists — Francoise Lynch and Martha Tracey; June — jewelry by Ilene Kay; and July — basketry and caning by William and Deborah Douglas.
Still to come are: August — natural spinning and weaving by Julie Wilson andHannah Shimabukuro; and September — pottery by Laura Sturgell.
The new Shelton Carriage House Gift Shop, open Tuesday through Saturday, features work by 33 artists.
“If you’re looking for a gift, souvenir, or treasure, you can find it here at the Shelton House Gift Shop,” League said.
A new addition this year is an exhibit in the Barn Exhibit Room, “A Garden of Quilts.” Presented through Labor Day, it features quilts from Appalachia and surrounding areas, many dating back to the 19th century, and made by local Haywood families, including the Plotts, Kinslands and more.
Later this yearFriday, Oct. 25, Shelton House will host its Halloween fundraiser, “Ghosts and Growlers Masquerade Ball” — with food, wine, beer, dancing, an open house of the “Haunted Shelton House,” fortune telling by Madame Zoltana and more.
For the holidays, Shelton House will host its Appalachian Christmas event (with a visit by Santa Claus) and the Grand Illumination of the House and Tinsel Trail Sunday, Dec. 8.
“The Tinsel Trail is a new event, which will include trees decorated by local businesses and organizations, and will be open through Jan. 2, 2020,” League said. “Contact Shelton House if you would like to sponsor a tree in the Tinsel Trail.”
“As you can see, we have been and are busy at Shelton House; however, the truth is, without your support Shelton House would not be what it is today — a beautiful example of the tenacity of the Appalachian Spirit,” League said. “We ask for your continued support to help us maintain and preserve the house, grounds, and crafts so that this wonderful National Treasure and its beauty may be enjoyed for years to come.
How to support Shelton HouseThere are several ways to support Shelton House: 1) Visit www.sheltonhouse.organd click on the support link, then Become a Patron; 2) mail a check to Shelton House, P.O. Box 145 Waynesville, NC 28786; or 3) stop by Shelton House and leave a donation.
“We would love to take you on a tour so you can see all we have been up to,” League said.
Shelton House is at 49 Shelton St., Waynesville. Call 828-452-1551.