Seriously. Do not miss Mystery Hill in Blowing Rock!
When we first decided to head up to Blowing Rock, the first thing I did was search online for places both my kids and I would like. While they like fun and adventure, I like history, museums, etc. Not that I don’t like fun, but I want to know the history of where I am headed! When I found information on Mystery Hill on the Blowing Rock Visitors Center site, I knew immediately my kids would LOVE this place for the “fun” of it and I would love it for the history.
Who knew we would all end up loving it for both the fun and history! When we first walked in, we were greeted by the owners of Mystery Hill, Wayne and Sharon Underwood. They were extremely friendly and helpful. Mr. Underwood told us the history of Mystery Hill, while giving us detailed instructions on where to walk and what we would see. It was such a pleasure speaking with him. You could tell he loved what he was doing and he knew it was going to be an adventure for us.
It seems as if “…gravity defies the laws of nature” at Mystery Hill. “Constructed around the slope of the surrounding hillside, The Mystery Platform and Mystery House feature a stronger than average pull to the north which causes some of our basic lays of physics to work differently than normal.” And let me tell you, they are not joking!
Our first stop was the Mystery Platform. Notice the pictures below. Notice how the person standing on the Northside always seems to look larger there than on the Southside. As you can see in the picture, there was also a level…and that platform was perfectly level.
Then we headed over to The Mystery House. I do not know how to explain this…all I can say is OH MY GOSH. Literally – You walk in the house and you can immediately feel a pull. I was nervous at first (ha! do you expect any less of me?), but after some cajoling by Mel and the kids I walked in and was really, really amazed. I could not stand upright. Water flowed upwards and balls rolled up.
Check out these pictures – I didn’t do anything to them…this is how everyone was standing!
Be prepared when you enter The Mystery House – hold on or you might lose your balance.
Then it was off to The Hall of Mystery! “You’ll find a hall full of puzzles, hands-on experiments and optical illusions at The Hall of Mystery. Exhibits are based on physics and other science and math theories. Leave your shadow on the wall and at the Bubble-Rama exhibit, encapsulate a friend in a bubble. The Spooky Spigot, Magic Lightbulb, Hologram and The Flying Mirror are all in the Hall of Mystery. You’ll enjoy the Hall of Mystery where you’ll find exhibits that make you take a second look and realize that seeing is believing!”
Of course, the Bubble Room was Reece & Betsy’s favorite!
After all the fun and adventure, we headed over to The Appalachian Heritage Museum and The Native American Artifacts Museum.
About The Appalachian Heritage Museum
“Started as a labor of love for the history of the Appalachian Mountians, the Appalachian Heritage Museum found its home at Mystery Hill in 1989. Originally located on the campus of Appalachian State University, it was formally known as the Dougherty House and was one of the first buildings erected on State University grounds.
Once arriving at Mystery Hill the house was restored to its original status and renamed the Appalachian Heritage Museum. House within these walls are memories of life inthe 19th century. Authentic antiques are seen throughout. FROm sewing machines and househole furnishings, to books, ledgers and personal belongings, the museum reflects the lifestyle of our Appalachian ancestors.”
The house was just beautiful and I was fascinated with it’s history as well as all the antiques inside.
About The Native American Artifacts Museum
“What began as a labor of love for R.E. “Moon” Mullins and his lovely new bride, Irene, began the collection with three arrowheads found in Carersville, Georgia. By 1987, when “Moon” passed away, their collection had blossomed in thousands of pieces.
The remarkable collection of arrowheads is over 50,000 Native American artifacts. Their collection combines artifacts from 23 different states. Almost every time period of American Indian history is represented in this fascinating exhibit that took over 70 years to collect. From arrowheads and effigy pipes to bowls, celts and awls, this is one of the largest collections of its kind in North Carolina.”
I have always been intrigued by Native American Indians, their history, their culture, and I was very interested in this museum – and Reece and Betsy loved it too! Reece recently found an arrowhead in the woods, so he spent quite a but of time looking to see if he could spot one that looked like his!
If you are looking for fun and adventure with some history mixed in, I would definitely suggest you go to Mystery Hill when visiting Blowing Rock, NC. My entire family had do much fun!