The process of making utilitarian objects by hand, using only natural materials and simple tools, fascinated William A. Barnhill at an early age.  Barnhill’s passion was to hike into the mountains around Asheville and take candid images of the people living there and crafting everyday necessities with their hands.

Appalachia a Century Ago, Craft Through the Lens of William A. Barnhillis a traveling exhibit developed by the Southern Appalachian Archives and the Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies at Mars Hill University that showcases some of Barnhill’s photographs, particularly those that documented the process of making bark baskets.

Past dates

Download schedule


  • Starting Tuesday, October 18th, 2016, repeated every 30 days until Sunday, July 30, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


Mountain Gateway Museum

24 Water Street
Old Fort, 28762