Offered in partnership with Lake Eden Preserve

Big news for BMC fans everywhere! We are so happy to announce a new partnership with Lake Eden Preserve, offering regular walking tours of the iconic Black Mountain College campus at Lake Eden, operated by BMC from 1941 to 1956.

Since 1956, the lower campus at Lake Eden has been owned and operated by Camp Rockmont for Boys who have preserved most of the buildings, worked with us over the years to facilitate our annual {Re}HAPPENING, and supported our ongoing conservation efforts, such as last fall’s Jean Charlot Fresco project.

This partnership with Lake Eden Preserve, the new stewards of Camp Rockmont and the surrounding land, ushers in another wonderful chapter of collaboration and will open up the campus for everyone who has been touched by the BMC legacy.

These 90-minute tours will cover the historic lower campus buildings including The Dining Hall, Lodges, The Quiet House, and The Studies Building as well as the iconic and recently conserved frescos painted by Jean Charlot and BMC students in the summer of 1944. Tour dates will be added regularly and can be found at the ticket link above.

Upcoming 2023 Tour Dates are:

Friday, March 3, 10 AM     |     Friday, March 24, 10 AM     |     Friday, May 5, 10 AM

Lake Eden Campus – Black Mountain College was founded in 1933 as a radical experiment in education and community. In May 1941, following the end of their lease at the original BMC location at the Blue Ridge Assembly, the College moved its operations to Lake Eden, where it remained until its closing in 1957. This location saw the rise of the iconic Summer Institutes, the flourishing of the architecture and work program, and became a site of experimentation that indelibly impacted the world of arts, culture, education, and craft.

Ticket Price + Group Rates – The cost is $15/person, free for kids 16 and under. Groups of 5 or more, please inquire about a group rate ( Payment must be made in advance to reserve a spot. Limited to 20 participants. Tickets are non-refundable.

Planning ahead? Get in touch for more information on upcoming tour dates.

What to Expect – Directions will be provided after registration and payment. This is a rain or shine event, please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Each 90 minute tour will cover the lower campus and the Studies Building. Paths are gravel and terrain can be uneven. Contact us to discuss accessibility accommodations ahead of your tour date.