Built in 1943 of local stone on the site of a former Civilian Conservation Corps camp, the Cowee School educated area youth for nearly seven decades. The historic structure is now an arts and heritage center serving Western North Carolina residents and visitors. 


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Cowee School is filled with artisan activities: Pottery, Textiles, Painting, and more.

The school also stays busy with activities outside and in the Gym such as fitness classes, bridge and other community activities.

Don’t miss the Balsam Bee at Cowee! 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019  and Thursday, December 5, 2019   4-6 PM

Cowee School Arts and Heritage Center

In Partnership with The Cowee Quilters, Folk Heritage Association of Macon and The NC Arts Council


*Enjoy live dulcimer music by Phil, John and Sally 

*Munch on some cookies, talk with friends and neighbors

*Breathe in the Balsam and relax.

*Help cut up Balsam, stuff and sew up pillows, do some early Christmas shopping.

It’s the Balsam Bee at Cowee.


And for your enjoyment, a scene from Big Moose Chapel, home of the last publicized Balsam

Bee in the Adirondacks. This Bee has been held for over 80 years.

Frasier Fir Cafe´

Tickets for these events coming soon. To reserve a spot for either dinner, please call the school at 828.369.4080.

Tuesday, December 3

Casual Chili Supper & All the Fixings $8/person, 4-6:30pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.

Thursday, December 5

Chef Kinard's Low Country Shrimp Boil $30/person. Tickets must be purchased in advance and limited to 50 per seating.

First Seating: 4:30pm

Second Seating: 6:00pm

Cowee Christmas
Saturday, December 7 9am-3pm

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Where We Live: History, Nature and Culture Lecture Series at Cowee School

Monday November 18, 6:30pm

It Happened in the Graveyard: Beginnings of a Women's History Trail

Speaker Marty Greeble, vice president of the Folk Heritage Association and a co-leader of the Women's History Trail project will present the story of the WHT from the graveyard to the river. The audience will be introduced to such notable women of the 1800s as Mary Bell, Margaret Young Love, Elizabeth Siler McDowell, Margaret Ogilvie, Alice Siler Robinson, Harriet Timoxena Siler Sloan, Rebecca Morris, Sally and many other Macon County women who have contributed to the stories along the trail.

Fit & Fun Exercise Class: 9:30am, Mon-Wed-Fridays $5/class

Oil Painting w/John Houglum: 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm, Tues 1pm-4pm Wed
Cowee Textiles: See website www.coweetextiles.com

Pottery Classes: See website www.coweepotteryschool.org