Field Trips for Yancey County Schools

By participating in hands-on experiential programs designed to shed light on the pioneers’ struggles and achievements to survive and thrive, Yancey County students will get a sense of early American and Appalachian history. Professional development opportunities are also being developed for teachers.

Participate Learning Fellowship Seminars


The Center's Fellowship Program was created to provide an authentic, meaningful, professional development experience for a select group of visiting international exchange teachers. Learners experience the pioneer lifestyle first-hand and engage in cultural activities that deepen their understanding of American culture through collective, experiential learning.

History Lectures and
Story Telling 

The Center for Pioneer Life showcases the research of Dr. Lloyd Bailey through a series of history lectures. Plus, story collecting and storytelling is the theme for fall 2019 as we welcome master storyteller Donald Davis for a four-day residency November 18-21.

In coordination with our county guidelines, the Shoal Creek Guest House is temporarily closed. Please check back or send us an email with your questions. 

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Telephone 828.536.0337


Address 134 Joe Young Road

Burnsville, North Carolina 28714

We welcome visitors by appointment.