A&E Briefs

Shelton House reopens

The Shelton House will launch its 2021 season on Saturday, May 1, promising to bring more “History, Heritage and Crafts” to the residents and visitors of Western North Carolina. 

With hopes of a better season, warmer weather and COVID-19 vaccines, The Shelton House is committed to bringing safe, family friendly events, and museum tours to its beautiful campus.

The Shelton Campus is comprised of The Shelton House “Museum of NC Handicrafts,” the Shelton Carriage House Gift Shop filled with arts and crafts from local artisans, the early 19th century Barn and Event Center (re-opening year round with a new HVAC system and renovations in June, 2021 for rental options in Haywood County), Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market, and the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre (HART). 

The Shelton House will open for its 41st season from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday for tours and/or visits to the Gift Shop. House Tours are held on the hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the Gift Shop open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Special events and tours are offered throughout the season. Group tours can be arranged year-round by calling 828.452.1551 or contacting them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• May 1: Museum, Barn, and Gift Shop open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (tours on the hour, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

• Aug. 21-22: Blue Ridge Heritage Weekend. Open call for community organizations, artisans, crafters and sponsors. If interested, call 828.452.1551 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Oct. 29-31: A Haunting on the Hill. A “Spooktacular” event for young and old on the grounds of the Shelton House. 

• December: Candlelight Christmas tours of The Shelton House decorated for the holidays.

• Dec. 5: Appalachian Christmas and opening of the Tinsel Trail. 

• Dec. 5 to Jan. 1: Tinsel Trail open. Decorate your business, organization, church or family Christmas Tree on the grounds of The Shelton House. 

The Shelton House is always looking for volunteers to help with events, tours, the gift shop, archiving, computer work, and much more. If you’re interested in helping out, call 828.452.1551, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or stop by during open hours.


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