The  Charleston-style farm house was built in 1875, and then founded as The Museum of NC Handicrafts by Mary Cornwell in 1977. Today, the collections in the Museum and Barn consists of heritage crafts, agricultural exhibits, and items of today’s crafters and artisans. The Village of Yesteryear crafters were instrumental in providing donations of crafts for the Museum. Charles Ray donated selected items from Will and Hattie Shelton’s Southwestern Native American collection to the Museum.

Features in the Museum – Main Floor

  • Entrance & Front Porch
  • The Living Room
  • The Native American Room (Originally a bedroom.)
  • The Dining Room
  • Kitchen
  • West Porch – Adjoining Spring House
  • East Porch

Featured in the Museum – Upstairs

The upstairs was originally two bedrooms. Will Shelton converted  and expanded it to four  bedrooms, two baths, and a linen closet in the 1920s.

  • Front Bedroom and  the Seagrove Pottery Room (Originally two bedrooms)
  • Bathroom
  • Toy Room and Period Clothing. (Originally – Linen Closet and Second Bathroom)  
  • Quilt and Doll Room  (Originally two  bedrooms with connecting door)
  • Coverlet/Loom Room (Originally a bedroom with connecting door.)
  • Historical Room (Originally a bedroom with connecting door.)

Carriage House (Building Behind the House)

The building behind the Main House was built by Will Shelton in the 1920s. Originally a 2nd floor apartment, the ground level had a coal bin storage area and a two-car garage.  Today we call this, the Carriage House, and in 2019 we opened the “Shelton Carriage House Gift Shop”. Looking for a gift, souvenir, or treasure….you will find it here. We have over 25 artists/crafters who are displaying their works in the shop. 

Explore The Property

The Location

Shelton House

PO Box 145

49 Shelton Street

Waynesville NC 28786

Special Events Open Year-Round

Museum Open April through October, Tuesday – Saturday, 11am-4pm.


Group Tours

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Shelton House Events

The historic Shelton House grounds and barn provide an inviting venue for a wide variety of events.

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Museum Founder

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