Guided Tours of Historic Barns

Tours offered from Spring through Fall Annually

COVID (and the new Delta variant) CREATES CHANGE TO TOUR FORMAT: Because of the social-distancing rules with the pandemic, the popular Appalachian Barn Alliance 12-passenger van tour has been re-invented to allow us to keep you safe. Our researcher/ tour guide will drive his vehicle and you follow in your own car as he relates the history of the area with your cell phone or a walkie talkie. And, of course, you will still stop and get out at some beautiful farmsteads and the guide will talk using his microphone to maintain a safe distance. Even though life is back to “normal,” we will continue to offer tours in this manner on a monthly schedule.

OUR SCHEDULE— all are the first Friday of the month from 9am to Noon:

  • August 6
  • September 3 (Labor Day weekend)
  • October 1
  • Check with us next spring

Treat yourself and some friends and family to a closeup view of several barns in the Mars Hill area of Madison County as well as many stories about these and other barns that you will drive by. These “Fabulous! and Wonderfully narrated” tours with our tour guide—Taylor Barnhill– are slow-paced and spread over 3 hours to allow you to see the barns in a more intimate way. We do require a minimum of two people.
Van Tour October 27, 2016 650 by 320

The tours are approximately 3 hours long and begin at the Ingles’ parking lot in Mars Hill (and, yes, there will be a bathroom stop in the middle). The cost is $45 per person. To make a reservation, email or call 828 380-9146. We look forward to sharing this wonderful experience with you.