Our mission is to “Connect & Cultivate Appalachian People and Traditions.” Our objective is to help Appalachian cottage industries emerge to create stable families and sustainable communities.
Art, Music, News & Novelties
We have a small space on the ground floor of The Rusty Rooster at 1223 Norwood St. SW. The Rusty Rooster sells “Antiques, Rustiques and Newtiques.”
If you’re looking for Appalachian art, music, news and novelties, I believe you’ll find a visit worth your time.
Our inventory includes folk art, watercolors, music, books, hand-crafted products and more. We also connect the people of Appalachia and beyond through our online publication, the Appalachian Chronicle, where you can learn about music, art, the environment and current events from the Blue Ridge to the Allegheny Plateau.
Closed on Monday and Tuesday, operating hours are 11-5 on Wednesday through Friday; 10-4 on Saturday; and 1 to 5 on Sunday.
Friends & Partners
We partner with expert musicians, artisans, herbalists and others to provide training in the traditions, skills and culture of Appalachia. One such friend is Patrick Crouch, whose recently shared the new tune below.
ABOUT & CONTACT
Lenoir is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains; Hibriten Mountain rises about 1,000 feet above the town at the end of the Brushy Mountains. It is a short drive from Wilson Creek, a Wild and Scenic River. The Pisgah National Forest, in the northwestern portion of the county, provides outdoor enthusiasts plenty to do.
It is also the center of traditional, Americana and bluegrass music in Western North Carolina. It is home to the annual Caldwell Traditional Musicians Showcase; and, the nearby annual Happy Valley Fiddler’s Convention brings thousands of music lovers into the county.
Lenoir is like many other Appalachian communities. Just a generation ago, it was a bustling, booming town of working class people who had built it with their own hands and craftsmanship. It was known as “The Furniture Capital of the South.” But then, like all other communities that rely upon a mono-economy, Lenoir experienced the inevitable economic downturn.
It is our belief that small, cottage businesses are playing a significant role in moving us into a more sustainable economy, hence our focus on working to strengthen that sector.
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