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Open call for volunteers

The historic Shelton House in Waynesville is currently in need of volunteers for an array of upcoming events. 

Alongside help for events and gatherings, the organization is also seeking a docent, gift shop attendee, data entry person, landscaper, handyperson, and other positions.

Upcoming main events include the  Shelton House Halloween “Haunting on the Hill” Oct. 27-31 and Shelton House “Tinsel Trail & Appalachian Christmas.” 

For more information, visit or call 828.452.1551. 

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