1960-A 13th Av. Drive SE, Hickory

Historical Attractions


Balls Creek Campground

Buffalo Shoals Road, Catawba
Constructed in 1853, the campground and its many
"tents" are listed on the NationalRegister of Historic
Places. Campmeeting takes place in mid August.

Bunker Hill Covered Bridge

Old US Highway 70, Claremont
828.465.0383 | www.catawbahistory.org
Built in 1894, one of only two remaining original
covered bridges in the state, and a National Civil
Engineering Landmark as the only remaining example
in the world of General Herman Haupt's truss design.

Catawba County Historical Association

30 North College Avenue, Newton
828.465.0383 | www.catawbahistory.org
Preserves several historic sites, sponsors educational
programs, maintains extensive archives, and publishes
historical texts pertinent to the area's rich history.

Catawba County Museum Of History

30 North College Avenue, on the square, Newton
828.465.0383 | www.catawbahistory.org
Permanent exhibits in the adaptively reused 1924
courthouse include a rare British Revolution-era red
coat, a 1930s racing car, and fine collections of
locally crafted historical furniture and pottery.

Catawba Valley Furniture Museum

Hickory Furniture Mart
2220 US Highway 70 SE, Hickory
800.462.6278 | www.hickoryfurniture.com
Trace the roots of the furniture industry in Catawba
Valley. Tour the authentic reproduction of an early
Catawba woodworking shop and see the collection of
vintage tools and furnishings.

Caldwell Heritage Museum

112 Vaiden St. SW, Lenoir | 828.758.4004
Dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of
Caldwell County, North Carolina, primarily through two
dozen permanent exhibits and rotating special exhibits.

Firefighters Museum
Of Catawba County

3957 Herman Sipe Road, Conover | 828.466.0911
Equipment and photos dating back to the 1900s, an
exhibit hall and six fire trucks (including a 1986
American LaFrance pumper).
Open Saturday & Sunday only.

Fort Defiance

4551 Fort Defiance Drive, Lenoir
828.758.1671 | www.fortdefiance.org
A historic restoration of the 18th Century home of
General William Lenoir. Open April through October;
tour and group picnics are available.

Harper House–Hickory
History Center

310 North Center Street, Hickory
828.324.7294 | www.catawbahistory.org
The Harper House boats the finest original Queen Anne
interior styling in the state and welcomes visitors as a
house museum, interpreting Hickory history through
the numerous significant families who lived there and
Victorian life in the South, circa 1887, the date of the
house's construction.

Hickory Landmarks Society

542 2nd Street NE, Hickory
828.322.4731 | www.hickorylandmarks.org
Promoting cultural awareness of architecture in
the community, while preserving historic sites and
neighborhoods, the Landmarks Society's restored
structures are open to the public. Also holds an annual
home and garden tour.

Hiddenite Center

316 Church Street Road, Hiddenite
828.632.6966 | www.hiddenitecenter.com
Located in a turn-of-the century Victorian home, visitors
can step back in time to a by-gone era and see a doll
collection from 1800s, native gems and minerals, and an
art gallery.




Historic Newton Walking Tour

828.695.4300 | www.newtonnc.gov
Take a self-guided journey through the Newton North
Main Avenue historic district, with 100 historically significant buildings including two churches and one adaptively reused as an administrative building and a civic performance place.

Maple Grove

542 2nd Street NE, NC Highway 127 N, Hickory
828.322.4731 | www.hickorylandmarks.org
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Maple
Grove is a restored Italinate-style house built in 1883.
This is a self-guided tour.

Murray's Mill

1489 Murray's Mill Road, Catawba
828.465.0383 or 828.241.4299
This historic complex has four restored
buildings that allow you to see and experience
life and commerce as it was generations ago.

Old Burke County Courthouse

Courthouse Square, Downtown Morganton
828.433.6793 | www.historicburke.org
Includes the Heritage Museum, Historic Burke Foundation
office, and the Burke County Visitor's Center.

Old Rock School

Main Street, Valdese
828.879.2129 | www.visitvaldese.com
Located in Historic Valdese, this completely renovated
auditorium has showcased some outstanding musical performancesranging from bluegrass to classical. Also features two art galleries exhibiting regional and local artists.

Old St. Paul's Lutheran Church

2035 Old Conover Road, Newton | 828.464.9786
This weather-boarded, two story log church was built in
1757 and remains one of the oldest existing churches in
North Carolina. Open to the public for Sunday afternoon
tours April through October.

Propst House

547 6th Street NW, Hickory
828.322.4731 | www.hickorylandmarks.org
The J. Summie Propst house, built between 1881 and
1883, is the only example of the Second Empire style in
Hickory. The focal point of the house is the three-stage
central tower with its own mansard roof and sawn work
fan ornamentation. The remarkably intact interior of the
Propst house is adorned with a variety of turned and
carved ornamentation, as well as simple mantels and
doors and window surrounds on the second floor.

Quaker Meadows

119 St. Mary's Church Road, Morganton
828.437.4104 | www.historicburke.org
Built in 1812 by Captain Charles McDowell, Jr., this
historic home has been restored and is open for visitors.
Owned and operated by Historic Burke Foundation, it
is an outstanding example of vernacular federal style
architecture and is listed on the National Register of
Historic Places.

Senator Sam J. Ervin, Jr. Library

1001 Burkemont Avenue, Morganton
828.448.6195 | www.samervinlibrary.org
This special library contains the 7,500-item personal
collection and family memorabilia of the late United
States Senator Sam J. Ervin, Jr., a native of Morganton.
Includes his Washington desk, objects related to
Watergate, including his famous gavel, and an exact
recreation of his home library.

Waldensian Museum

208 Rodoret Street SE, Valdese
828.874.1111 | www.waldensianpresbyterian.org
Explore the history of the Waldensians and the story
of their settlement in Burke County's town of Valdese
in one of the state's top 10 museums according to Our
State Magazine.

Waldensian Trail Of Faith

401 Church Street NW, Valdese
828.874.1893 or 800.635.4778
Explore a stone fortress and secret cave as the
Waldensian history unfolds, including tours of several
historical structures