Sarah Gudger

Meet the pioneer women of the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina and get a glimpse into their daily lives.

This exhibit currently features Wilma Dykeman as its local heroine in history, a writer of both fiction and non-fiction and environmentalist.

While visiting this exhibit, make sure to take a seat for the award-winning video “Forever Free,” created as a collaborative effort within Buncombe County to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Listen to the story of Sarah Gudger, describing her experience as a slave in Buncombe County — with her family, owners, slave speculators, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.