BEECH MOUNTAIN — The Town of Beech Mountain is celebrating 40 years as a municipality in 2021.
The highest town in eastern America was formed in 1981, and lots of progress has taken place since then. There will be a year-long celebration, with activities and events for residents and visitors alike.
Each month, the town plans to have a new feature, or “present” for the town. In January, the highlighted aspect of the town was the second sledding hill, which has been developed behind the Brick Oven Pizzeria.
For February, the highlighted feature is the newly revitalized Avery County Barn Quilt Trail. The highest concentration of these outdoor art pieces is in the town of Beech Mountain. A map and website have been created to showcase them in a driving trail, which also includes Banner Elk, Newland, Linville Falls and lower Avery County as well. More information on the quilt trail can be found at beechmtn.com/avery-county-quilt-trail-blocks/.
For another fun activity, there are 40 of the number 40 placed in public places around the mountain. These wooden numbers are easy to spot and make an enjoyable driving activity.
If you happen to be celebrating a 40th birthday this year, stop by the Beech Mountain Visitor Center for a birthday lanyard. Everyone is invited to participate in the virtual time capsule by sending memories and old photographs to email@example.com.
The Beech Mountain Historical Society has created a “40 Little-Known Facts” quiz, which can be found at www.beechmtn.com. They are producing two new exhibits this year for the Beech Mountain Museum. One focuses on the Hicks family and “Jack Tales,” and the other tells the story of the “Battle on Beech” during the Civil War.
The official birthday party is May 1 at the Buckeye Recreation Center. Details of that event will be made public at www.beechmtn.com/40th, where community members can also find a calendar of activities and highlighted features of the town. Look there for many other fun things to do during 2021.
“We are so excited to celebrate this important milestone in Beech Mountain History,” stated Town Manager Bob Pudney. “So many individuals have helped make this town what it is today and that includes the many families that have visited us over the years. This celebration is for everyone.”
Call the town of Beech Mountain at (828) 387-9283 or visit beechmtn.com/40th for more information.