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Address: 66 Energy Exchange Dr, Burnsville, NC 28714-5640
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+1 828-675-5541
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
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This facility has recently been taken over by a local community college. They will build an observatory there, For now, it has been certified at the silver level as the Blue... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 December 2015
John M
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Little Switzerland, North Carolina, United States
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Energy Exchg is an interesting place where the gas from decaying garbage, etc. heats the greenhouses where plants are grown for sale or use by agencies planting flowers, etc.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 434 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

This facility has recently been taken over by a local community college. They will build an observatory there, For now, it has been certified at the silver level as the Blue Ridge International Dark Sky Park. Eventually it will house a public telescope. I can be contacted by question for more specifics.

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Thank John M
Blairsville, Georgia
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99 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2015

Sign says they are open every day from 10-5 but there was no one there and most of the studios looked empty.

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Thank frdallen
Burnsville, NC
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54 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

Low key destination chock full of education potential and art connections and great views to boost. Whenever I had been there, I have been able to connect with artists in residence and it had been a wonderful experience to watch them while they were creating. Great glass and pottery item as very decent prices!

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2 Thank CecileWNC
Greensboro, North Carolina
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55 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2013

There are some really unusual pieces of art - not your typical pottery or glass. We went on a Saturday morning and only 2 of the artists were there. During the week might be a better choice, but some really lovely pieces at reasonable prices.

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2 Thank MauraD100
Berkley, Michigan
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146 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2013

It's not easy to find this place, as locals don't recognize the name, but if you ask people where the old landfill is, you'll get great directions. Gigantic kilns and glass furnaces are powered by methane gas from the landfill. The buildings all have radiant heat in the floors; the water is heated by the landfill gas. The greenhouses were... More 

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3 Thank susanw452
Asheville, North Carolina
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214 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2012

What can you do with a landfill? Well, north of Asheville, they took a landfill and made it into a source of energy for several fine craftspeople. (No, you wouldn't know it was a landfill, as it's been planted with grass and trees--and there is no odor.) Methane gas is produced by every landfill, and at the Energy Xchange they... More 

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