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An Appalachian Christmas Features Storytelling Santa at the Old Dougherty House

December 16, 2019 @ 9:00 am - December 24, 2019 @ 6:00 pm


Celebrate Christmas the old fashioned way with Santa and Mrs Claus during An Appalachian Christmas at the 1903 Old Dougherty House at Mystery Hill. Admission to the Old Dougherty House is FREE during the event, which runs December 16-24, 2019.

Santa will regale visitors with stories about one of his favorite children in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Jack. You may have heard of Jack; he’s nimble, his quick, he’s jumped over candle sticks and climbed bean stalks, but we guarantee you’ve never heard his exploits in Appalachia! Jack has always lent a hand to Santa fighting off trolls, saving Christmas princesses, stopping the northwest wind from blowing, and of course stopping joy-stealing witches! We know you will love this unique Appalachian holiday tradition!

Guest will also enjoy complimentary cider, hot cocoa and cookies. Tickets to other Mystery Hill attractions can be purchased on site or online.

Built in 1903 by Dauphin Disco Dougherty, this home was the first in the area to have electricity and running water. What is today Appalachian State University was founded by Dauphin in this home, which served as classrooms and an administration office during the early years. The home is being restored to its original 1903 condition with the help of donations by the community.

The Dougherty House is just one of nine attractions at Mystery Hill in Blowing Rock, NC. One of North Carolina’s most unique attractions, Mystery Hill offers a one-of-a-kind look into Appalachian culture and history, blending family fun, science, indoor and outdoor adventure.

Attractions include the famous gravitational anomaly, the second-largest private Native American artifacts collection in the world, Bubblerama, gem mining, our dinosaur and fossil museum, old time photos, tomahawk throwing, and more. For more information, visit mysteryhill.com


December 16, 2019 @ 9:00 am
December 24, 2019 @ 6:00 pm


Mystery Hill
129 Mystery Hill Lane
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
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