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Lenoir, NC

Caldwell Heritage Museum
112 Vaiden Street
Lenoir, NC 28645
Phone: (828) 758-4004
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Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 4:30pm
Saturday: 10am – 3pm

The Caldwell County Heritage Museum displays and preserves artifacts, records and archival document relating to Caldwell County history. Items of note pertain to military contributions by Caldwell county citizens, music, and Davenport College, the last building of which now houses the museum. Free admission.

Granite Falls, NC

Granite Falls History & Transportation Museum
107 Falls Avenue
PO Box 10
Granite Falls, NC 28630
Phone: (828) 396-2792 or (828) 396-3131
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Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday: 2pm - 4pm

Operated by the Town of Granite Falls, this museum is housed in the historic home of Andrew Baird, one of the town’s original founders. The restored house dates back to the 1790s and is the oldest structure in Granite Falls. The museum features local transportation memorabilia and Granite Falls history. Free admission.


Vintage Vending
24 South Main Street #2
Granite Falls, NC 28630
Phone: (828) 962-9783
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Open by appointment only

Granite Falls native Allan Huffman has a life-long passion for vintage machines that began in his early childhood. For only a quarter, Huffman could choose from one of 12 flavors from a gravity-fed soda machine. Over the years, Huffman has acquired over 1,000 machines in what is one of the world’s most complete soda machine collections. Huffman started collecting machines through his business, Antique Vending Company. Allan now displays his collection in a renovated textile mill in downtown Granite Falls complete with a banquet facility named Club Cola. For more information, call 828-962-9783.

Hudson, NC

Hudson Railroad Depot Museum
550 Central Street
PO Box 547
Hudson, NC 28638
Phone: (828) 728-8272
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The museum is open during special events and by appointment.

This renovated depot was originally built around the turn of the 20th century and was used as a train station until the 1970s. The museum provides memorabilia pertaining to the Town of Hudson including the history of the Hudson Depot. On exhibit is a restored 1912 Wood-Sided Rear Cupola Caboose furnished with railroad artifacts. Free admission.

Historic Happy Valley, NC

Fort Defiance
1792 Fort Defiance Drive (NC 268)
PO Box 686
Lenoir, NC 28645
Phone: (828) 758-1671
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April – October:
Thursday - Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 1pm – 5pm

November – March:
weekends only or by appointment - call for hours

Just a short drive from the Lenoir is Fort Defiance, the restored 1792 home of Revolutionary War hero and statesman William Lenoir, the namesake of Lenoir, North Carolina. The home features more than 300 pieces of original furnishings and artifacts and is considered one of the country's most unique restorations. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the property also has a family cemetery with graves dating back to 1785.


Chapel of Rest
NC Highway 268
(nine miles north of Lenoir, adjacent to The Patterson School)
PO Box 997
Lenoir, NC 28645
Phone: (828) 758-8619 or (828) 758-0906
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Open daily during daylight hours. The Chapel is available for weddings, worship services and special events.

The Chapel is one of the most intriguing spots. Situated on a knoll, the Chapel is reminiscent of a more honest, simple life, when locals lined the pews in their Sunday best clothing. Elder generations recall their days of youth, looking up in wonder from the wooden benches, listening to voices of worship rising to the rafters, with the Gothic Revival roofline above them.

Travelers who stop in for a rest along N.C. 268 will find the Chapel as peaceful today as those did who visited it many years ago. Open during daylight hours, the Chapel is a place to pause, meditate and enjoy the beautiful valley scenery.


Whippoorwill Academy & Village
11929 Highway 268 West
PO Box 458
Ferguson, NC 28624
Phone: (336) 973-3237
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Saturday – Sunday: 3pm – 5pm
during the week by appointment

Located just outside Caldwell County, this is a popular site for school children and history buffs featuring a collection of log structures, including a one-room school house, general store, art gallery, Daniel Boone replica cabin, chapel, blacksmith shop, jail house, weaving room, tavern, and a museum dedicated to the legend of Tom Dooley. Whippoorwill also offers canoe rentals with a self-guided historic tour along the Yadkin River. Free admission.

Wilson Creek, NC

Wilson Creek Visitor Center
7805 Brown Mountain Beach Road
PO Box 34
Collettsville, NC 28611
Phone: (828) 759-0005
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April 1 – May 31 and September 1 – November 30:
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: 1pm – 4pm

June 1 – August 31:
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 1pm – 6pm

The Wilson Creek Visitor Center gives information on the Wilson Creek gorge area and has a photograph and artifact collection that tells the story of the town of Mortimer.

Mortimer was washed away in a flood in 1916 and then again in 1940 and was not rebuilt. The remains of the old cotton mill and CCC camp are nearby. Free admission.


Coffey’s General Store
NC Hwy. 90
8971 Edgemont Road
Collettsville, NC 28611
Phone: (828) 754-2638
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The store is open on weekends during the spring, summer, and fall months of the year from Friday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm, and on Sundays from 1pm to 5pm.

This general store once served as the Edgemont post office, tax listing station, Army recruitment point, and the store had the areas only telephone up until the 1970s. The store contains a collection of antiques, original store fixtures, and photographs of Mortimer and Edgemont from the early 1900s. Visitors enjoy the galvanized metal roof, the relaxing benches, and an ice cold cola with a pack of “nickel candy.” The store has survived several floods and economic downturns.

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