Historic Black Mountain College Campus Tour

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In 1941, Black Mountain College moved across the valley from its first location at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly to its own campus at Lake Eden where it remained until its closing in 1956. Join PSABC for a tour of this second campus and the unique architecture that remains as a testament to this creative form of education.

Where: 375 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain, directions below

When: This Saturday, October 5 at 10AM


Founded in 1933 by John Andews Rice, Theodore Driere and other faculty of Rollins College in reaction to passive educational norms, it combined rigorous and collaborative liberal education in arts, crafts and architecture with communal living on a site originally developed by E.W. Grove as a resort. The school’s board included Albert Einstein and attracted participants such as Willem deKooning, Joseph and Anni Albers, John Cage and Buckminster Fuller, creator of the first geodesic dome. The school was well known in Europe while little known at home and was a haven of creativity. It is located 3 miles from Black Mountain on the Rockmont Camp campus. Join us for a walking tour of the campus, and the art and historic buildings of the era.


Take I-40 to Exit 59 and turn north. At light, turn right on US 70 and proceed to next light. Turn left and cross bridge. At stop sign, turn right on Old US 70. Proceed to Lake Eden Road, watching for tall security fencing upon approach. Turn left on Lake Eden Road and proceed 1.5 miles to Camp Rockmont. IMPORTANT: Take second entrance to camp and proceed to BMC Studies Building.
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