AMT @ Waynesville, NC

Shelton House Postage Mural
"Postage Mural Series"
Waynesville, NC

Exit BR Parkway MilePost: 443

Shelton Handicraft Museum

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Mural Artist: Doreyl Ammons Cain
Trail Member/Sponsor: Shelton House

Shelton House Story

     Situated on a spacious, shady knoll only three blocks from downtown Waynesville, NC, the Shelton House has a rich and vibrant history. The first property in Haywood County to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Charleston style farmhouse was constructed beginning in 1875 for Stephen Jehu Shelton (High Sheriff of Haywood County) and his wife, Mahala Conley Shelton. There, they raised seven children including William T. Shelton (2nd owner of Shelton House) who spend over 25 years working with the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs in Shiprock, New Mexico. He later became the first superintendent of the "San Juan Training School" and is credited with the creation of the first known "Navajo Indian Craft Fair" which is still in existence today as "The Northern Navajo Nation Fair", the oldest and most traditional of the Navajo Fairs. Held each fall in Shiprock, this fair offers the Navajo people of the Four Corners a chance to celebrate the year's harvest with a community celebration.

     In 1977, Mary Cornwell, 4th owner of Shelton House, envisioned a repository at the historic...

Shelton House to preserve and display traditional crafts created by the state's most renowned artisans as well as the Shelton family collection of Southwest Native American artifacts and family antiques. In 1980, her vision was realized and the "Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts" was opened inside the beautiful home. Today, the collections in the Museum and Barn consists of beautiful antiques, heritage crafts, agricultural exhibits, and other items from crafters and artisans past and present.

     The Shelton House Barn is a Pennsylvania Dutch Style Dairy Barn that William T. Shelton had built in the early 1900's. Originally, the barn was used to house dairy cows and other livestock. The barn was later converted into meeting and display space for historical artifacts related to farming. Southern hospitality meets rustic charm in this welcoming and laid-back space. Ideal for intimate gatherings, the Historic Shelton House Barn promises happy get togethers that harken to a simpler time in this mountain historic site.

     The building behind the Main House was built by Will Shelton around 1918. Originally a 2nd floor apartment for the housekeeper, the ground level had a coal bin storage area and a carriage house that was later turned into a two-car garage. Today we call this, the Carriage House, and in 2019 the "Shelton Carriage House Gift Shop" opened. We have over 25 artists/crafters who display their works in the shop.

     The grounds of Shelton House include eight-plus acres of garden and green space that also include, the HART Performing Arts Center, and Haywood's Historic Farmers Market.

     The Shelton House museum, barn and the grounds recall the rural origins of the town and stand as a prominent representative of late nineteenth century agrarian prosperity in Haywood County and encompasses and promotes Western North Carolina History, Heritage, and Crafts. We are thrilled to be included as a member of the "Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Craft Trail" and the "Appalachian Mural Trail".

Mural Description

     Farming was the mainstay in most all the Appalachian mountain towns and communities in the 1880s. Nestled within the sloping valleys; pastures and gardens dotted the countryside.

This mural is part of a postage size mural series painted by artist Doreyl Ammons Cain.

Artist Bio: Doreyl Ammons Cain

    Born and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, Doreyl grew up drawing birds in the sand on the dirt roads around her home. She achieved a Masters of Art through California State University and has won numerous art awards including the Art in the Park Award. She has exhibited at the Smithsonian and created art for the film industry in California. Doreyl is now creating public art murals and art for book publication. She also has co-founded a non-profit organization called Catch the Spirit of Appalachia.

    Doreyl's art is a celebration of life and her love of nature. Using vivid colors she explores shapes, design and expression. Coming from a career in biological art, she enjoys exploring the endless forms of natural life. Painting in pastels, acrylics and mixed media on various surfaces, she creates commissioned art for books, exhibits, collectors and hand signed and numbered fine art prints for festivals. Public Art is her greatest passion, for she believes that art should be shared in communities to uplift the spirit and raise awareness of life's beauty. Go to to see more works of fine art which illustrate the beauty of "little bits of Appalachia!"

Copyright © Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, Inc non-profit 2016-2099

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    comment by: Gloria
Love, love, love ❤ all the art we saw and experienced while in Asheville!!Laura

    comment by: Lois
Brilliant way to allow visitors to enjoy the sites and sounds that Asheville has to offer.

    comment by: Rebecca&Susan
We just loved all of the murals in Asheville! Asheville is a fun vibrant interesting town!

    comment by: Catherine Wilson
    (Asheville, NC)

As a member of Carolina Street Mural group, I learned about The Appalachian Mural Trail! After reviewing your web page. I planned my road trips to locate the trail murals, reflect on them and photograph memories of my trip!

    comment by: Tammy Compton
    (Fort Myers, Florida)

Love it! We went looking to take selfies with 3 and found over 20 murals!

    comment by: Angie Trapp
    (Concord, NC)

Beautiful mural in Sparta, one of my favorite places! 😊❤️

    comment by: Debra
    (Falls Church City, VA)

Thanks for letting me know! What a great project!
It added cool stops to my visit and I love seeing art and the artist was around that day to meet.

    comment by: Cristy (Mountain City, TN)
We have been getting much more traffic around our murals, and a lot of it is due to the publicity from your organization!
Thank you!
We will unveil our newest (and largest) mural on September 4th.

    comment by: Cindy Hedrick Day
It's beautiful! Thank you!!!!
Awesome! You made my day! Love love love it!.
I saw the email re the Mural Trail special in process of being made. Can't wait to see it. We are working to finish our projects, exhibit changes, etc. Who knew it would take so long! But, it's soon finished!!!
Looking forward to seeing this!
Thank you again!!!

    comment by: Marcie Toomey
This is our second visit to Holy Trinity.. we always leave blessed and humbled ❤️

    comment by: Chelsea
Thank you so much for the quick response! I received my shirt and thoroughly enjoyed the trail! Thank you for all of the hard work put into this project!

    comment by: Debbie Dillion
Just came across your website and it is great! I plan to look for these murals in my travels. A phone app would be awesome.

    comment by: Carol
Lincolnton, NC, is loaded with murals! And I love them all!

    comment by: Barry & Cindy Beaulieu
we got to see the Fresco in W. Jefferson NC and is amazing ... we were on our two wheeler the Voyager... nature declares there is a God... everywhere you look... thanking ya'll so very very much...

    comment by: Vickie Sealock
    (Welcome Center Manager)

I love what you folks are doing. Several years ago we went to Exeter California to see their Mural trail. We spent hours in this little town looking at the murals and trying to find the hidden objects in each. We talked with the towns people, had lunch, shopped in the shops. I love the mural trails, and yours is going to be one of the best. Thanks for keeping us in the loop.

    comment by: Liz
Art is everywhere in Asheville! This gorgeous mural of Dolly Parton by Gus Cutty is the newest mural you'll see in town. Gus created the mural with spray paint in 3 days. See it for yourself at Beauty Parade on Haywood Rd in West Asheville.

    comment by: Karen
Roanoke murals are awesome to see... love the mural with girl floating in air... the poetry one was neat!

    comment by: Big Tom
This is great mural art, will be remembered a long time...

    comment by: Bob
This is very expansive mural, covers many walls inside the cradle building. Beautiful art mural, a must see!

    comment by: Dolly
Love the big murals!!!

    comment by: Lisa Patten
I love the mural trail. It's like seeing a gift at Christmas!

    comment by: Ann Barbare
Beautiful mural of Maggie Valley

    comment by: Jennifer
Love your mural artwork! The local references, the depiction of marvelous, beautiful, and colorful nature - landscapes, birds, animals, butterflies, and glorious flowers - invites close study and is very engaging!

    comment by: Carol
Looks like progress being made! Can't wait to see the mural at Joeys.

    comment by: anonymous
Can't wait to see this beautiful mural art in person at Joey's Pancake House

    comment by: Amy
I love your little sneak-a-peek view. Need more...

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