Blue Ridge Mountains of Madison County NCThe Mountains, The Music, The Majestic River and More

This Blue Ridge gem in Western North Carolina — just 20 minutes from Asheville — is home to over 55,000 acres of National Forest providing a majestic backdrop to the world’s third oldest river—our mighty French Broad.  Our timeless tradition of musical history which is known worldwide will accompany you as you share the majesty of nature and the rural abundance of our small town heritage. Plan to visit us–one of the nineteen Madison Counties in the United States. We offer outdoor sports for all enthusiasts whether a rafting trip suits your fancy, a cycling adventure along our country roads or a good horseback ride. Better yet—experience our natural hot springs, one of only two east of the Mississippi. Come and you’ll see.  Life in Madison County is the way life should beeasy living with a song in the air.

Madison County on the Blue Ridge Music Trails

Blue Ridge Music Trail book coverBlue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership and the North Carolina Arts Council has reissued The Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina book. The trails are designed to promote the rich traditional music heritage of western North Carolina. Marshall in Madison County (one of twenty-nine counties on the trails) is the geographic epicenter of the Trails. Two of the stops on the trails in Marshall are Zuma Coffee where there is a free bluegrass jam every Thursday evening and The Depot where traditional musicians play every Friday night. Find  other places and events in Madison County that are featured in the Trails.

100 Ways to “Play with Us”

View of the French Broad River from the town of Hot SpringsFor the tfourth year, the May “Make Madison Memories” insert of the News Record and Sentinel, includes a list of 100 ways to spend your time in Madison County. Located in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina with the scenic French Broad River running through it, Madison County offers countless ways to enjoy the experience of visiting our area. Whether your interest is in the outdoors, visual or performing arts, traditional music, history, architecture, or agri-tourism, we have something that will make your visit a memorable one. Browse through the website or stop in at The Madison County Visitor Center when you come to visit our area.

A World Made Straight was Filmed Here

A World Made Straight filming Noah WyleThe novel by Ron Rash includes ties back to the Shelton Laurel Massacre during the Civil War was filmed in Madison County. The massacre is the classic brother v brother story which takes place and continues to influence families even into the twenty-first century. So, it was only natural that the independent movie should be filmed in our county. The movie will star Minka Kelly, Noah Wyle and Jeremy Irvine. Residents were treated to star sightings and welcomed the crew and cast in warm Madison County fashion. Look for the release soon.

Through September 26 Matt Zedler “Linear Geometric Abstraction” Art Exhibit

Matt Zedler artist

An exhibit of over 30 works by Modern Linear-Geometric Painter, Matthew Zedler, will be on display at the Madison County Arts Council beginning Friday – August 8th, 2014. The retrospective spanning the last years of select original pieces of his painting efforts are in this exhibit. Since early 2008 Matthew has maintained a working modern-contemporary studio and gallery (NewZart Gallery & Studio) in downtown Marshall. It is open to the public now and he also shows his works these days in multiple locations regionally and nationally. Catch this free exhibit during the Arts Center hours from 10am to 4pm weekdays.

Our Story–This Place Exhibit

Anderson Rosenwald Schools

The new exhibition at the Rural Heritage Museum at Mars Hill University will be “Our Story–This Place, The History of African American Education in Madison County, North Carolina: The Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School.” The exhibit will run through February 28, 2015. The exhibit will focus on the day to day learning experience of the students who attended this school. The Anderson Rosenwald School played an important role in African American heritage and history in Madison County and western North Carolina for a good part of the 20th century. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.

September 27 Art on the Island

Art on the Island festival

On Blannahassett Island just across the bridge from historic downtown Marshall, a family-friendly FREE arts festival begins at 10am on Saturday, September 27 and lasts until 5pm. You will find 50 artists in a park-like setting on this beautiful island. Plus food vendors and music interspersed all day long. Presented by the Madison County Arts Council. Questions, call 828 649-2301

September 27 French Broad Brew Fest

French Broad brew fest

It’s the 4th Annual French Broad Brew Fest! Held in an incredible setting — located on the banks of the French Broad River and its intersection with the Appalachian Trail, The festival features a few of the area’s best resources: craft brew, great music and beautiful scenery. With the festival grounds being festival-goers can enjoy all the outdoors has to offer. French Broad Fall Fest is all about the music, craft beers, and food on one glorious afternoon. Beer sampling through out the day and evening is included in ticket price. http://www.frenchbroadbrewfest.com/