Hike With a Historian - Cemetery Series: Brittain Church Cemetery and Biggerstaff Site (Sold Out!)

  • August 30, 2023 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Brittain Presbyterian Church

    3456 U.S. 64
    Rutherfordton, North Carolina 28139
Ticket Price $0.00-$20.00 This event is now over

The Asheville Museum of History is excited to announce our three-part 2023 Cemetery Series. Register for individual events, or all three at a discount. The first tour, Wednesday, August 30 from 10AM – 1PM takes place near Rutherfordton, North Carolina. (This event is now sold out but a waitlist ticket option is available).

Founded in 1768, Brittain Presbyterian Church was the first established congregation in the WNC foothills. Its graveyard has some of the oldest burials of settlers in our region, including numerous veterans of the American Revolutionary War. We will explore settlement in this region, conflict, and burial and religious practices. A few miles away, nine Loyalists (fighters for the British during the American Revolutionary War) were hanged in 1780 at the Biggerstaff farm. Here we will explore the site where the executions are believed to have been conducted and several of the deceased buried. 



When: Wednesday, August 30

Time: 10M – 1PM

Meet: 9:45AM at Brittain Presbyterian Church (Brittain Cemetery, 3456 US-64, Rutherfordton, NC 28139)

  • We will later commute/carpool to the Biggerstaff site (5 miles away)

Hike Length: approximately 1/2 mile (easy difficulty)

What to Bring: Water, snacks, comfortable and sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothing, any needed medications. 


Rain Date: In the event of inclement weather, participants will be notified in advance, no later than 8PM the evening prior if the event is to be rescheduled. The alternate rain date will be rescheduled promptly.



  • For single event - $10 for AMoH members/$15 general admission.
  • For Series: $20 AMoH members

We also have no-cost, community-funded tickets available for each event. We want our events to be accessible to as many people as possible. If you are able please consider making a donation along with your ticket purchase. These donations are placed in our Community Fund, which allows us to offer tickets at no cost to those who would not be able to attend otherwise.


Emergency Contact Form: Registrants must fill out the emergency contact form in advance. Those registering for the series only need to sign the form once.  https://forms.gle/pui11o9aj5WdWURv7



Hike Leader:

This outing is led by Trevor Freeman, AMoH public programs director. He has an MA in American history and is interested in both Appalachian and environmental history. He is also wilderness first aid/CPR certified. 



For questions, please contact Trevor Freeman at education@ashevillehistory.org


(Images: Brittain Presbyterian Church and Biggerstaff Hanging Tree historical marker)




Date & Time

Wed, Aug 30, 2023 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Venue Details

Brittain Presbyterian Church

3456 U.S. 64
Rutherfordton, North Carolina 28139 Brittain Presbyterian Church
Asheville Museum of History