Renovations Complete
The Lloyd Bailey Annex is now open with 3 exhibitions. Mount Michell State Park 100th Year, Sheriff Terry Hall and Veterans Exhibition. Other exhibs are also on display. We are open Wednesday thru Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

A full list of Events will shortly be
announced. We have exhibitions, activities and special events planned for the 2016 season.


Mission Statement:

The Yancey History Association’s mission is to preserve, protect and display our culture, history and heritage through archival collections, promotion of education, oral history, genealogical record and living history.

The association was formed in 1979 and by 1989 had purchased the property on which the “McElroy House” museum and the 1920’s gas station “Chamber of Commerce-Visitors Center “ are located. The dedication of the house as the Rush Wray Museum came in 1999 when the house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2004 the house became part of the North Carolina Civil War Trails and finally in 2005 the office building next door along with the parking lot was donated to the association and now houses our genealogy library, veteran’s Hall of Honor” and other exhibits as well as archival and meetings spaces.

As the parent organization to the Rush Wray Museum of Yancey County History and Genealogy Library we offer the community a place in which the history, culture and heritage of this mountain community comes alive through our living history programs providing visitors with the opportunity to experience history first hand.

Daily life is demonstrated by docents in period dress carrying out daily activities such as tatting, quilting, weaving, and chair caning, as well as gardening to name just a few.

The lower level is handicap accessible.



The common element in making all of this work is YOU and your membership.

You can make a huge difference in our community, working with the town of Burnsville, the County and the school system as we move forward into the future.

Payment can be made by check, cash or Paypal using the button below.

Click here for an application form for membership and come join us for another exciting year. All donations and membership fees are tax deductable since the Yancey History Association is a 501-C3 non-profit organization.



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Many Thanks to the following
Gold and Silver members:

Elaine and David Boone
Something Special
Hal and Diane Coleman
Garden Deli
The Buck House Inn
Locke and Shiela Ramsey
Jay and Carol Wilson
Dr. Rita Meeks

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