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NEIGHBORS: Greet Blowing Rock's newest addition

Way back in 1999, discussions began around creating an art and history museum in Blowing Rock. A committee was soon formed. Its immediate goal was promoting the local arts, with an eye on an eventual home to call its own. On the first of this month, that mission was realized with the grand opening of the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum.

The theme of the big day was "What Drew You Here?"

The main exhibit will be devoted to turn-of-the-century American painter Elliott Daingerfield, who spent nearly 50 summers in Blowing Rock. ...

A second exhibit, “The Blowing Rock: A Natural Draw,” will highlight Western North Carolina’s most famous rock outcropping, which gets its name because of the fierce winds that blow up the cliffs. The Blowing Rock is so distinctive that it was among the region’s first “natural” tourist attractions, rewarding those who made the long trip up the unpaved Linville Turnpike and dared to scramble to its edge with a jaw-dropping vista overlooking the Johns’ River Gorge 3,000 feet below. ...

The third opening exhibit, “The Historic Hotels of Blowing Rock,” will explore the grand resorts that emerged as tourism expanded.

UNC-TV recently profiled the new museum.