The Western North Carolina Military History Museum began with a Korean War U.S. M1 carbine rifle and Emmett Casciato’s fascination with military history.
Today, after many years of collecting, Casciato’s finds are the cornerstone of the museum, of which Casciato is the curator. The museum is housed in the former county administration building beside the courthouse in downtown Brevard.
The museum features artifacts, uniforms, weaponry, original newspapers, personal letters and more from World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War and the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The museum also hosts occasional lectures on different aspects of the military and war. The museum is open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. For more information about the museum, go to www.wncmilitaryhistory museum.com.