ENJOY A WALK THROUGH TOWN AND VISIT:
THE MEETING HOUSE, the Community Information Center is where guests can park and walk around the small town. This building is the home of the Crossnore Jam, where music sessions happen free and is open for anyone to come, play and enjoy music. They are held the 1st Friday of each month throughout the year. The Meeting House can be rented for special occassions by calling the Town Hall.
THE CROSSNORE SCHOOL has a home-like campus and offers many places to visit:
THE MIRACLE GROUNDS COFFEE SHOP is run by the older youth of the children’s home. Bring your laptop and enjoy coffee, ice cream, breakfast or lunch.
Visit the BLAIR FRALEY SALES STORE to shop for second hand items and found treasures.
CROSSNORE WEAVERS: A WORKING MUSEUM* is in the rock cottage that holds looms, crafts and fine art. This is where community women have woven pieces that have warmed local children and heads of state. The weaving continues as it has for decades in a room that catches sunlight and imagination. The Fine Arts Gallery upstairs benefits the children’s programs.
The SLOOP CHAPEL with a BEN LONG FRESCO* provides an inspirational experience in the children’s home chapel focusing on a meaningful and masterful old world painting done in the ancient art of fresco, embodying a biblical passage which begins, “Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not.” Children from the school and from the master fresco painter Ben Long’s own family served as models for this illumination.
The GUY BUILDING is an example of ‘adaptive reuse of a historic building’. It is the original Crossnore Hospital, built in 1929. This old building was in the center of the larger Sloop Hospital and was securely protected there after 60 years inside the many modern additions. The Crossnore School bought the large abandoned hospital and through careful demolition and restoration, preserved the original hospital as their clinic and adoption center.
Beside the Guy Building is an AMPHITHEATER for outdoor performances.
CROSSNORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL is “growing a bright future” for children in this area of Avery County with excellent teachers and a caring staff in a well designed newly built facility on Clark Road. It is the beginning of the town’s trail system.
This trail system features ‘THE BIRD SANCTUARY TRAIL’ that starts in town and goes through the back of the Crossnore First Baptist Church property to the Crossnore Presbyterian Church across the highway. It is a walk through the woods for wildlife and hikers alike.
THE CROSSNORE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH* is just off the highway. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and is an architectural treasure crafted with Linville-style barkwood components and unforgettable stonework.
CROSSNORE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH has many programs which generously serve the needs of the community.
Also on the highway is THE CORPENING STATE FORESTRY TRAINING FACILITY serving our local Christmas Tree Farmers as well as other groups who may want to hold meetings. It has full food and lodging services available.
Click here for a download-able PDF of Crossnore information prepared by HandMade in America.
*Part of the National Register of Historic Places