Valdese Heritage Art Center
146 W. Main St. Valdese, NC
146 W. Main St. Valdese, NC
Stop in and see us anytime, we are conveniently located on Main Street in Valdese, North Carolina approximately 2 miles from I-40 off of Exit 111. We have information and flyers for tourists highlighting all of our areas' best attractions and travel destinations. We welcome your questions and interest in our area!
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The Trail of Faith consists of fifteen open-air exhibits and replicas tracing the religious heritage, many believe from the apostles, and pilgrimage of the faithful Waldenses from the Alps of Norther Italy to the settling of Valdese in 1893. After surviving centuries of religious persecution from imprisonment to death and exile, the Wadenses thrived in the 1800s as they finally were allowed to worship God openly without fear. Come experience the Waldensian Trail of Faith. Give us a day---- we'll give you a millennium.
Waldensian Heritage Wines was a dream of second and third generation descendants of the Waldensian settlers who arrived in Valdese, North Carolina located in The "Land of Burke County in Western North Carolina." From the various wine cellars of the initial inhabitants of Valdese came five Waldensian descendants determined to maintain the heritage of wine making as a family tradition.
Welcome to the Waldensian Heritage Museum. Explore and learn as we retrace the lives of these Christians from the Middle Ages in Europe across the centuries to the settling in a new world. See drawings and maps marking the sacred spots where they worshiped in secret. Experience their daily lives as settlers and see items they used in their crafts of bread making and wine making. Then, explore the genealogy of the Waldenses in a research library filled with images and archives to help visitors trace their own spiritual roots from a quest for liberty, through a journey of faith to a proud heritage of honor.
Built in 1923 by the Waldensian settlers of native field rock gathered from local farms as they cleared and planted their crops. Now the center of activities in downtown Valdese, the Old Rock School hosts Bluegrass concerts, performing arts, art galleries, model train museum and Valdese Travel and Tourism. Numerous scrapbooking events are also held at the Old Rock School. The Old Rock School facilities are available for rental as a venue for meetings, weddings, recitals, banquets and community groups.
Since the arrival of the first Waldenses on a Richmond and Danville Railroad train in 1893, the railroad has played a pivotal role in the history of Valdese, NC. In April of 2004, the Town Council of Valdese accepted an offer from the Piedmont and Western Railroad Club to build a permanent display to preserve and present the history of railroad operations in Western North Carolina. Come and visit the Railroad museum on the ground floor of the Old Rock School for many astounding railroad related artifacts and photographs capturing both the people and the equipment that made railroad history.