Historic Trails

Valdese

Early History

On May 29, 1893 Southern Railway's "Number 11" deposited a travel-weary band of twenty-nine souls from Northern Italy who were to break ground for a settlement. They were called the Waldensians, and that settlement became the Town of Valdese.

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Elkin

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Elkin

The confluence of the Yadkin River and Big Elkin Creek in North Carolina's Blue Ridge mountains has drawn people to the site of what is today's city of Elkin since the coming of the Paleo-Indians 10,000 years ago. Records show that the Sioux Indians settled along the Yadkin River as early as 500 B.C.

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Rutherfordton

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Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail

The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, established by Congress in 1980, commemorates the campaign that led to the Battle of Kings Mountain.  Each year in the fall members of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association lead a commemorative march with public events to honor the patriot army and their story.

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Moses Cone--Denim King & Conservationist

Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, near Blowing Rock, North Carolina on the Blue Ridge Parkway, preserves the country estate of Moses Cone, a prosperous textile entrepreneur, conservationist, and philanthropist of the Gilded Age. Its centerpiece is Flat Top Manor, a gleaming white 20-room, 13,000 square foot mansion built in 1901 in the grand Colonial Revival style.

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Orchard at Altapass

Orchard at Altapass

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How Mount Mitchell Got Its Name

How Mount Mitchell Got Its Name

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Cherokee County Historical Museum

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Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail

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