Black Mountain, North Carolina

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Black Mountain is a town in Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 7,511 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The town is named for the Black Mountain range of the Blue Ridge range in the Southern Appalachians.


About the town

The downtown area has many eclectic shops, attracting seasonal tourism, a main staple of the local economy. There are also many quaint bed and breakfasts. The town is near several Christian retreat areas including Ridgecrest and Montreat Conference Center. Singers Roberta Flack and David LaMotte, former basketball player Brad Daugherty, and NFL quarterback Brad Johnson, and Roy Williams hail from Black Mountain.

Black Mountain College was formerly located near the town. While the Black Mountain College and Arts Center is now located thirty minutes west in Asheville, North Carolina [1]. Black Mountain is home of the Swannanoa Valley Museum {[2]}. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is located down the street from the Museum. In 2002 the community raised 1.2 million dollars to buy the old Town Hall and convert it the Art Center. {[3][4]}

Black Mountain is the setting for the 2009 novel One Second After, which was written by William R. Forstchen, a resident of the town; many local institutions and residents are featured in the novel, beneath a thin veneer of fiction.


Black Mountain is located at 35°37′9″N 82°19′32″W / 35.61917°N 82.32556°W / 35.61917; -82.32556 (35.619208, -82.325434).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.5 square miles (16.7 km²), of which, 6.4 square miles (16.7 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.31%) is water.

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