The Weaving Room of Crossnore School is a school building that is part of the historic Crossnore School. The stone edifice that stands today was built in 1936. Since that time and even before, it has housed weaving and crafting programs of the school. In 2001, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The Crossnore School is a
nonprofit foster care residential program of Avery County that has
served the state of North Carolina since 1913. Ever since 1920, this
school has offered a unique student work program which gives students
an opportunity to learn the craft of weaving (Alvic). The weaving
program was founded by Dr. Mary Martin Sloop, a medical doctor who
moved to Avery County in 1911 and desired to upgrade a one-room
schoolhouse with greater education opportunities (Alvic). Sloop once
said “It is not only material to help the
students, but it makes a
change in their attitude toward life” (Henion).
The first weaving program of
Crossnore was originally based on Berea College's Fireside
Industries, which was also known for teaching weaving (Alvic).
Eventually, the Crossnore School built a “weaving room” for its
crafting programs. When the original weaving room burned in 1935,
Sloop appealed to the Daughters of the American Revolution, who
helped construct a more permanent, stable, and durable building made
of stone. This
unique historical edifice still stands to this day (Alvic).
Some of the original statements
of purpose from when the Crossnore Weaving Program was first created
read “To keep alive an almost forgotten art” and “to cherish in
young people of the mountains a reverence for this art” (Henion).
The original aim of the
school was to achieve these aims while simultaneously providing livelihoods
This unique program has also been
supported by local residents, who offer instruction and employment
opportunities. The primary goal of the Crossnore Weaving Program is
to raise funds dedicated to bettering the lives of the children of Crossnore, while
also providing education on a traditional form of arts and crafts (Alvic).