Historic Landmarks

  • Morganton Downtown

    Morganton Downtown

    Downtown Morganton, a fun place to live, work, play, shop and do business.

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  • Foothills Regional Airport…formerly Morganton/Lenoir (KMRN)

    Foothills Regional Airport…formerly Morganton/Lenoir (KMRN)

    Conveniently located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with quick driving access to Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk, Morganton, Lenoir and Hickory, the Foothills Reigonal Airport (KMRN) is

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  • Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail

    Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail

    The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail commemorates the patriot unification, march and battles leading up to the Battle of Kings Mountain. Portions of the trail can be visited in any season.

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  • Brown Mountain Lights

    Brown Mountain Lights

    Be one of the fortunate few to experience this centuries-old phenomenon that has intrigued residents and visitors and continues to confound scientific explanation. Described as a glowing ball of fire

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  • Waldensian Presbyterian Church

    Waldensian Presbyterian Church

    The history of the Waldensian Presbyterian Church is so intertwined with the history of the town of Valdese that it is impossible to study one without embracing the other. In education and industry,

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  • Waldensian Heritage Museum

    Waldensian Heritage Museum

    Founded by the Waldensian Presbyterian Church and opened to the public in 1974, the museum offers artifacts and special exhibits remembering the early Italian settlers that founded Valdese in the late

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  • Waldensian Trail of Faith

    Waldensian Trail of Faith

    The Trail of Faith is a series of exhibits that recall the passion and determination of the area's early Waldensian settlers. Buildings, caves and monuments document the history and journey of the

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  • The History Museum of Burke County

    The History Museum of Burke County

    The History Museum of Burke County is dedicated to preserving and displaying the heritage of Burke County for current and future generations. Special exhibits and events are scheduled during the year

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  • Quaker Meadows Cemetery

    Quaker Meadows Cemetery

    In 1767, Joseph McDowell created the cemetery when his grandson, David, died. The cemetery is the earliest identified site associated with white settlement in western North Carolina. During the next

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  • North Carolina School for the Deaf

    North Carolina School for the Deaf

    The North Carolina School for the Deaf was established in 1894 as a day/residential facility for the education of children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

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  • McGalliard Falls Park

    McGalliard Falls Park

    Venture out to this hidden treasure to enjoy a volleyball court, picnic facilities and restrooms in addition to the natural attraction of the 40 ft. high McGalliard Falls. The picnic shelter may be

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  • McDowell House at Quaker Meadows

    McDowell House at Quaker Meadows

    Built in 1812 by Captain Charles McDowell, Jr., this restored home of classic federal style architecture portrays life in the 19th century.

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  • Lake James

    Lake James

    At the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains not far from the charming towns of Morganton and Marion in Western North Carolina lies Lake James, a pristine lake fed by three rivers. Surrounded by ancient

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  • Historic Burke County Courthouse

    Historic Burke County Courthouse

    Stepping into Burke County’s Historical courthouse is like stepping back in time. Listen intently and you can almost hear the shots fired by William Waightstill Avery, one of Burke Countys

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  • Grandfather Mountain

    Grandfather Mountain

    Within an hour's drive of Morganton is the world famous Grandfather Mountain. Amazing scenery. Bountiful wildlife. Trails and picnic facilities.

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  • Old Rock School

    Old Rock School

    The Old Rock School hosts Bluegrass concerts, performing arts, art galleries, model train museum and Valdese Travel and Tourism.

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