The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, or BRAHM as it is affectionately known to the locals, had its grand opening this fall. Some of Blue Ridge Mountain Club’s (BRMC) members got a brief glimpse of it when they attended our annual Property Owners Association meeting last month. BRAHM is a beautiful, state-of-the-art building right on the edge of downtown on Main Street. Yesterday evening they hosted "Main Street Mingle," which was an opportunity for the businesses of Main Street to see the museum first hand. Currently, the main exhibit is of Elliott Daingerfield, a renowned artist and one of the figureheads of Blowing Rock. His old residence is now the home of Westglow Spa, a Relaix & Chateaux resort and spa.
If you’re a history buff, like I am, then it would definitely be worth the trip to hear a little more about this man’s life and the history of Blowing Rock. BRMC was fortunate enough to partner with BRAHM to underwrite a short documentary that plays in the museum’s theatre. The brief film documents how Blowing Rock has always been a center for the arts. It might surprise you to know that Blowing Rock is one of North Carolina’s oldest tourist destinations, attracting the likes of Annie Oakley and Eleanor Roosevelt, among many others. Some of the largest hotels of the time were built here including the Green Park Inn, which was just renovated and reopened this year.
If you are in the area and aren’t dealt the best weather or need a break from hitting the slopes, stop by the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum and learn a little bit more about the prettiest town in North Carolina and how it got to be the destination that it is today.