Southern Appalachian Culture

The Stecoah Valley Center has grown from an abandoned schoolhouse in 1996 to a vibrant organization which today offers more than twenty programs most of which help preserve and promote Southern Appalachian mountain cultural arts. We serve our local and regional community reaching more than 10,000 people annually through our programs, events, and campus.

Some well known examples are our An Appalachian Evening summer concert series, our annual Harvest Festival featuring music, clogging, quilts, crafts and more!


Celebrate the changing of the seasons with us during our three annual festivals – our newly established Smoky Mountain SpringFest, our long running annual Harvest Festival, and an indoor winter arts and crafts showcase Christmas in the Mountains. Each of these events features local artisans and crafters. 



We have and continue to work with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, in particular members of our local Snowbird community, to ensure their history and culture is preserved and promoted through events programming, arts classes, as well as indoor and outdoor interpretive exhibits.

Image of 2019 Pow Wow photo credit to Graham Star.



Since 2001, Stecoah JAM has taught the children of Graham County about their musical heritage and traditions by offering classes in traditional Appalachian music. The program is one of the longest running JAM programs in Appalachia. We serve both Graham County School and homeschool students in grades 4 – 12.

Former Student Profile: Julie Nelms