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


The Where We Live series programs are held the third Monday of each month. On February 17, Dr. Anne Rogers will speak on "The Lasting Impact of Cherokee Culture."

The program will begin at 6:30pm at Cowee School, 51 Cowee School Drive, off NC 28 N in Franklin.

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Our Summer Concert Series schedule for 2020 is now online! Please click here to see the lineup and purchase tickets.

The series will begin on Saturday, May 16th at 7pm with Mountain Heart.

The Toy Museum is closed for the season and open by appointment only. If you are in the area and would like a tour, please call Jim at 828.421.7280. Regular hours will resume in March.

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

Alarka Institute and Expeditions will be hosting an afternoon with editor Rose McLarney and several authors from the new University of Georgia Press publication, Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia, on Saturday, February 8th. This one of a kind collection includes artistic renderings and poems representing the vast biodiversity of our globally significant Appalachian mountains. Editor Rose McLarney, winner of the National Poetry Series for her collection Forage and Macon County native, will present the collection at 3PM, Saturday, February 8th, at the Cowee Arts and Heritage Center in Macon County, NC. She will be joined by contributors Catherine Carter, John Lane, Holly Haworth, and others, who will read from the collection and discuss the book's unique perspective on our landscape. Tickets are five dollars and can be purchased at www.alarkaexpeditions.com. For more info, alarkaexpeditions@gmail.com

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Cowee School is fortunate to have a dedicated team of local volunteers. From the Board of Directors to the stage crews for summer concerts, all aspects of Cowee School are reliant on volunteer support. If you have time to share, click here

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.