Appalachian Women's Museum AWM

The Appalachian Women’s Museum in Dillsboro is hoping to offer a wide variety of programs this summer. The Museum is looking for volunteers with traditional skills for demonstration projects and also volunteers to help with basic maintenance issues at the house and grounds.

By Dave Russell


In spite of a paved road suddenly passing within a few feet of its wrap-around porch and a global pandemic, the Appalachian Women’s Museum hopes to offer an eclectic slate of programs and volunteer opportunities this summer.

There is a master gardening plan and a few green thumbs ready to move into action.

“Our garden is coming back,” AWM President Sharon Sullivan said. “The big weeds are down and the smaller ones are cooking under a tarp. In a week or so we will be ready – a little late – to get the garden ready to plant. We need seeds and plants and some more garden labor.”

Plans include a “3 Sisters” garden, featuring some vegetables for canning demonstrations, herbs and flowers, she said.

The museum owns some gardening equipment but it needs some work.

“We have a riding mower, a hand mower, a weed eater and a few other mechanical pieces,” Sullivan said. “We need someone to evaluate the stuff and let us know if it is usable or should be donated.”

Programming centered around Appalachian homesteading is gearing up.

“Many of our efforts this summer will be a hybrid of small group and online exhibits,” she said. “We would like to include a series of demonstrations as part of our efforts. We have canning and weaving demonstrations already identified, but it would be fun to have a real series.”

Anyone with a suitable skill – soap making, quilting, baskets, wood work, etc. – is welcome to share.

Volunteers are needed for some deep cleaning and painting, Sullivan said.

“Much of our efforts will be outdoors, but we will still do things in very small groups and practice whatever are the latest recommendations so that we all can stay safe,” she said. “We will be out and about with cameras taking pictures and video and recording volunteer hours.”

To volunteer or learn more, contact Sullivan at