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

Old Fort

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Old Fort, North Carolina

In existence as a village since 1869 and originally a fort built by the colonial militia before the Declaration of Independence, Old Fort NC was a settlement that served for many years as the western outpost of the early United States. In the center of town at 25 West Main Street is a hand-chiseled rose granite arrowhead, 14 feet tall,  erected in 1930 to honor the peace finally achieved between the pioneer settlers and the Native Americans. At the unveiling, over 6,000 people attended including chiefs from both the Catawba and Cherokee tribes. These two tribes had never smoked a pipe of peace together until that day.
    Old Fort is also known for its weekly Mountain Music Concerts, which draw a large audience and many musicians from the surrounding areas to Old Fort's downtown each Friday evening at 7. The
performances are held in the Rockett Building on Main Street. Other historic and cultural highlights include the The Appalachian Artisan Society Gallery, which showcases the work of  over 60 local craft persons and artists, Davidson's Fort, a replica of the original, Revolutionary War  era fort built in 1776, the Mountain Gateway Museum & Heritage Center and the Old Fort Railroad Museum. 

    Of interest, located just outside of Old Fort is the locally famous man-made Andrews Geyser. The geyser's water comes from a lake located on a mountain high above it, and comes with enough pressure to produce a stream of water 80 feet high.

 

Resources
City Website: 
Old Fort: Town Hall, 38 South Catawba Street, Old Fort NC 28762; 828-668-4244
Location: Foothills, 30 minutes east of Asheville
County: 
McDowell County: County Offices, 600 McDowell Drive, Marion NC 28752; 828-652-7121
Elevation & Population:
1,447 feet, 900+

County Visitor/Welcome Center:
McDowell Tourism Development, Historic Depot, 25 Highway 70 West, Old Fort NC 28762; 888-233-6111
City Chamber of Commerce:
Old Fort Chamber of Commerce, 25 West Main Street, Old Fort NC 28762; 828-668-7223
County Chamber of Commerce: McDowell Chamber of Commerce, 1170 West Tate Street, Marion NC 28752; 828-652-4240
Newspaper: The McDowell News, 136 Logan Street, Marion NC 28752; 828-652-3313
Movie Theatres: (Nearest) McDowell Twin Cinemas, 520 North Main Street, Marion NC 28752; 828-652-8368
High School: McDowell High School, 334 South Main Street, Marion NC 28752; 828-652-4535
Colleges and Universities:
(Nearest) McDowell Technical Community College, 54 College Drive, Marion NC 28752; 828-652-6021
Hospitals: (Nearest) The McDowell Hospital, 100 Rankin Drive, Marion NC 28752; 828-659-5000
Area Major Festivals: Pioneer Day (April), Oktoberfest (October),
Area Natural Attractions: Andrews Geyser,
Pisgah National Forest
Area Cultural Attractions:
Davidson's Fort,  Historic Carson House, Mountain Gateway Museum & Heritage Center, Mountain Music Concerts Old Fort Arrowhead Monument, Old Fort Railroad Museum, The Appalachian Artisan Society Gallery


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Dining
Cafes & Grills
Whistle Stop Pizza & Subs: (Cafe) 27 West Main Street, Old Fort NC 28762; 828-668-7676

Inn on Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC
Accommodations
Hotels, Inns & Lodges
Rivers Ridge Lodge: (Country Lodge) 506 Sunrise Bluff Drive, Old Fort NC 28762; 828-243-5762

Bed & Breakfasts
The Inn on Mill Creek: (B&B) 3895 Mill Creek Road, Old Fort NC 28762; 828-668-1115

Cabins, Cottages & Chalets
Sky Island Retreat: (Home & Cabin) 88 Flatlander Drive, Old Fort NC 28762; 828-668-4928

Campgrounds
Cove Creek RV Park: (RV Campground) 1784 Davistown Church Road, Old Fort NC 28762; 828-668-7605
Curtis Creek Campground: (US Forest Service Campground) Curtis Creek Road, Old Fort NC 28761; 828-652-2144
Sky Island Retreat: (Campground) 88 Flatlander Drive, Old Fort NC 28762; 828-668-4928
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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