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

Valdese

Home    Western North Carolina    Asheville    Hendersonville    Other Cities & Towns    Real Estate & Relocation    Outdoor Recreation
  
Arts & Crafts    Festivals & Events    Attractions    Museums    Day Trips & Itineraries    Kid's Activities    Wineries    Spas   
Golf in the Mountains  

Outdoor Recreation in WNC, from golf to whitewater rafting   Western North Carolina Cities & Towns    Attractions in the Mountains

Asheville NC section of website   Hendersonville NC section of website

Quick Jump To
Valdese Dining    Valdese Accommodations    Valdese Real Estate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
 

All about coral reefs and the oceans 

 

   Downtown Valdese, NC

Waldensian Heritage Museum   Field near Valdese NC   Village Park Mural in Valdese NC   Historic Waldensian Presbyterian Church   From This Day Forward

Valdese, North Carolina

Valdese NC a town located about eight miles east of Morganton, ranks second in size for Burke County with a population of 4,600. The community has a heritage that dates back to the middle ages and was settled about 113 years ago by the Waldensians, a sect from the Cottian Alps located in northern Italy and southern France. They found their way to Burke County where they prospered and could freely practice their religion. For centuries, in Italy, they had been persecuted for their religious beliefs. Sites to visit in Valdese include the Trail of Faith, the outdoor drama From This Day Forward and the Waldensian Heritage Museum. 

     Valdese today is a tourist destination, a city rich in history, and remains a town still linked by its roots to Italy. The Old Rock School, built in 1923 by the original settlers of Valdese, was renovated in the 1970s and remains the focal point of the town. The facility now houses art galleries and a 473-seat auditorium where bluegrass music, "Bluegrass at The Rock" is performed  on a regular basis throughout the year. Valdese also has a Farmer's Market, held across from the town hall, on Wednesdays and Fridays during the summer season and also a great recreational park at McGalliard Falls Parks, complete with a restored grist mill. Not to be missed while downtown is the Village Park Mural, a stunning outdoor painting, on Main Street.

 

 

Resources
City Website: 
Valdese: Town Offices, 121 Faet Street, Valdese NC 28690; 828-879-2120
Location:
Foothills, one hour and fifteen minutes east of Asheville
County: Burke County
: Burke County Government Center, 200 Avery Avenue, Morganton NC 28680; 828-439-4340
Elevation & Population:
1,203 feet, 4,600+
Visitor/Welcome Center: Valdese Visitor Center
, 400 West Main Street, Valdese NC 28690; 828-879-2129
Burke County Chamber of Commerce
, 110 East Meeting Street, Morganton NC 28655; 828-437-3021
Newspaper
: The News Herald, 301 Collett Street, Morganton NC 28655; 828-437-2161
Movie Theatres: (Nearest) Marquee Cinemas Mimosa 7, 103 South Green Street, Morganton NC 28655; 828-437-8084
High School:  Jimmy C Draughn High School, 709 Lovelady Road NE, Valdese NC 28690, 828-879-4200
Colleges and Universities:
(Nearest) Western Piedmont Community College, 1001 Burkemont Avenue, Morganton NC 28655; 828-438-6000
Hospitals:
Valdese Hospital, 720 Malcolm Boulevard, Valdese NC 28690; 828-874-2251
Area Major Festivals: July 4th Fireworks (July),  Waldensian Festival (August)
Area Natural Attractions:
McGalliard Falls Parks, South Mountains State Park
Area Cultural Attractions:
From This Day Forward, Trail of Faith, Waldensian Heritage Museum
Wineries:  
Waldensian Winery  Waldensian Style Wines


Real Estate

Fine Dining in Western North Carolina
Dining
Overseas & Exotic
Myra's: (Italian)
212 Main Street, Valdese NC 28690; 828-879-8049

Pizza
Giovanni's Pizza: (Pizza) East Main Street, Valdese NC 28690; 828-874-3601
Pizza Hut: (Pizza) 1181 US Highway 70, Valdese NC 28690; 828-879-8277

Inn on Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC
Accommodations
No accommodations currently available in Valdese. See Morganton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Content Copyright by Lee James Pantas
All Rights Reserved
Contact The Author        Advertising On This Site

 

Hickory Furniture Mart -Over 1000 premium furniture manufacturers represented in one place

Cities-Towns-Villages
Almond

Andrews
Arden
Asheville
Bakersville
Baldwin
Balsam
Balsam Grove
Banner Elk
Barnardsville
Bat Cave
Beech Mountain
Bethel
Biltmore Forest
Biltmore Village
Black Mountain
Blowing Rock
Boone
Boomer
Bostic
Brasstown
Brevard
Brookford
Bryson City
Burnsville
Cajah's Mountain
Candler
Canton
Caroleen
Cashiers
Catawba
Cedar Rock
Cherokee
Chimney Rock
Cliffside
Clyde
Columbus
Connelly Springs
Conover
Claremont
Crossnore
Crumpler
Cullowhee
Deep Gap
Dillsboro
Drexel
Edneyville
Ellenboro
Elk Park
Elkin
Enka
Ennice
Etowah
Fairbrook
Fairview
Ferguson
Flat Rock
Fleetwood
Fletcher
Fontana Dam
Forest City
Foscoe
Franklin
Gamewell
Gerton
Gilkey
Glade Valley
Glen Alpine
Glendale Springs
Glenville
Grandfather
Granite Falls
Grassy Creek
Hayesville
Hazelwood
Hendersonville
Henrietta
Hickory
Highlands
Hildebran
Horse Shoe
Hot Springs
Hudson
Icard
Jefferson
Jonas Ridge
Jonesville
Lake Junaluska
Lake Lure
Lake Santeetlah
Lake Toxaway
Lansing
Laurel Park
Laurel Springs
Leicester
Lenoir
Linville
Linville Falls
Little Switzerland
Logan
Long View
Maggie Valley
Maiden
Marion
Mars Hill
Marshall
Mill Spring
Mills River
Montreat
Mooresboro
Moravian Falls
Morganton
Mountain Home
Mountain View
Murphy
Nantahala
Nebo
Newland
Newton
North Wilkesboro
Old Fort
Pineola
Piney Creek
Pisgah Forest
Plumtree
Purlear
Rhodhiss
Roaring Gap
Ronda
Robbinsville
Rosman
Ruth
Rutherford College
Rutherforton
Saint Stephens
Salem
Saluda
Sapphire
Sawmills
Scaly Mountain
Seven Devils
Sparta
Spindale
Spruce Pine
Stecoah
Sugar Grove
Sugar Mountain
Swannanoa
Sylva
Tapoco
Thurmond

Todd
Topton
Traphill
Tryon
Union Mills
Valdese
Valle Crucis
Vilas
Watkins Mill
Waynesville
Weaverville
West Jefferson
West Marion
Whittier
Wilkesboro
Woodfin