The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook

Susanna Pantas, Artist

Caldwell Heritage

Pen & Ink Drawings of Biltmore Estate, by Lee James Pantas

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Caldwell Heritage Museum

The Caldwell Heritage Museum was opened in 1991 and is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of Caldwell County, North Carolina, through about two dozen permanent exhibits and rotating special exhibits. The museum is housed in the last remaining building of Davenport College, a prestigious institution of higher learning for women that was supported by the Methodist Church from 1855 to 1933.
    Over 35,000 square feet of vertic
al, horizontal, and floor space have been utilized to show Caldwell Countryís history and culture from pre-colonial, pioneer, revolutionary, and Civil War eras to the present day. Specialized collections and exhibits also include antique furniture and farm implements; native American artifacts; World War I and II memorabilia; the Caldwell County Music Preservation collection; antique phonograph, radio, and TV exhibit; and Plains and Western Indian exhibits.

Website: Caldwell Heritage Museum
Lenoir, NC
Distance: 1 hour east of Asheville
Address: 112 Vaiden St. SE, Lenoir, NC 28645
Telephone: 828-758-4004
Hours: Tuesday through Friday from 10:00am until 4:30pm, and on Saturdays from 10:00am until 3:00pm. Other times are available by appointment.
Fees: None, donations accepted
Allow: 1-2 hours
Of Note: Museum building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places
Resources: Caldwell County Historical Society, 112 Vaiden St. SE, Lenoir, NC 28645; 828-758-4004
Nearby: Fort Defiance, History Museum of Burke County, Horn in the West, North Carolina School For The Deaf Museum, Waldensian Museum, From This Day Forward, Trail of Faith
Directions: From Asheville, take I-40 East to Rte. 321 in Hickory. Follow 321 North to Lenoir. In Lenoir, you will come to a major intersection (Burger King and Eckerdís Drugstore). Take a left and after 100 yards, bear again to your left. The road turns into Harper Avenue. Stay on Harper and bear to the right in front of the Fire Department and Post Office. Turn right after the Police Department and then left onto Willow. Left again at the stop sign will take you onto Harper. Make a right at the first light and then left at the stop light at the top of the hill. The first street on your right will be Vaiden Street. The museum is on Vaiden at the top of the hill.











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