Welcome to Blowing Rock

Founded in 1985 to preserve and protect the historical character and charm of the village, the Blowing Rock Historical Society is an active organization of over 300 members and plays a vital role in maintaining the unique sense of place that draws thousands of visitors to Blowing Rock. 

Several examples of our accomplishments and activities are:

  • Edgewood Cottage c. 1890, home of artist Elliott Daingerfield. This structure was saved and adapted for reuse, namely the Artist in Residence program and other events and activities.
  • 1888 Museum. The last remaining cottage of the Watauga Hotel was refurbished and houses a collection of items from the town’s history for visitors to enjoy.
  • Green Park Historic District placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Historic Marker program. Recognizes properties with historical significance, partnered with Blowing Rock Art and History Museum.
  • Published Postcards of Historic Blowing Rock, Volumes I and II. Collections of postcards from old Blowing Rock days depicting vacations at various hotels and attractions.

The Historical Society’s ongoing efforts include recording data of historic significance to Blowing Rock, serving as a resource for deposition of furnishings and artifacts, and rallying to preserve historical buildings and sites, to name a few.  New members are always welcome to join us.  Besides our work endeavors, we have many fun events too. These include the annual Tea and Tour and dinner get-togethers where an author, musician, or others share their time and talents with us.

Honoring the Past, Present, and Future

  • Edgewood Cottage

    Historic home and gathering place for artists comes full circle. The first home and studio of artist Elliott Daingerfield (1859-1932), has been revitalized by the Blowing Rock Historical Society to preserve his legacy. Read More

  • Blowing Rock History

    Before 1752, when Moravian Bishop August Gottlieb Spangenberg visited the Blowing Rock area, the windy cliffs of the area were home to the Cherokee and the Catawba Indian tribes, hostile to each other, and the basis for the story of “The “Blowing Rock”.Read More