Antique Vending Company
24 South Main Street #2
Granite Falls N.C. 28630
Phone: (828) 962-9783
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open by appointment only

Antique vending showcases one of the world's largest vintage soda machine collections. This expanding museum has over 1,000 soda machines dating back to the 1920s, including one of the original 1925 Coca-Cola vending machines (even Coke headquarters in Atlanta doesn't have this machine). Open by appointment only, visitors can browse the museum while listening to the jukebox and enjoying a cold glass bottle soda dispensed free from one of the machines on display. Adjoining the museum facility is Club Cola, a banquet hall that can be rented for parties with all the old-fashioned bottle soda you can drink. Free admission.


Granite Falls History & Transportation Museum
107 Falls Avenue
PO Box 10
Granite Falls, NC 28630
Phone: (828) 396-2792 or (828) 396-3131
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Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday: 2pm - 4pm

Operated by the Town of Granite Falls, this museum is housed in the historic home of Andrew Baird, one of the town’s original founders. The restored house dates back to the 1790s and is the oldest structure in Granite Falls. The museum features local transportation memorabilia and Granite Falls history. Free admission.



Chapel of Rest
NC Highway 268
(nine miles north of Lenoir, adjacent to The Patterson School)
PO Box 997
Lenoir, NC 28645
Phone: (828) 758-8619 or (828) 758-0906
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open daily during daylight hours
The Chapel is available for weddings, worship services and special events.

The Chapel is a restored Episcopal Church that once served The Patterson School—presently a boarding and day school for grades nine through twelve. From the opening of The Patterson School in 1909, students had vespers and worship services in the Chapel. The Chapel burned in 1916 and was rebuilt in 1917. It was used until 1921 when services were moved to The Patterson School campus. The Chapel's cemetery contains burials beginning around 1856 and is the final resting place of General Collett Leventhorpe, a well-known North Carolina general during the Civil War. Free admission.


Fort Defiance
1792 Fort Defiance Drive (NC 268)
PO Box 686
Lenoir, NC 28645
Phone: (828) 758-1671
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April – October:
Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 1pm – 5pm

November – March:
weekends only or by appointment - call for hours

Fort Defiance, the 18th century home of Revolutionary War hero William Lenoir, is now a fort in name only. General William Lenoir built his home between 1788 and 1792 on the former site of the fort, which was originally designed to protect settlers from the early Native Americans in the area. The home of William Lenoir has been fully restored to its late eighteenth, early nineteenth century grandeur and features over 300 pieces of original furnishings, textiles and household artifacts. Also on the grounds are a smokehouse, reconstructed kitchen, the family cemetery and authentic gardens. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children.


Laura Foster Gravesite
NC Highway 268
8.2 miles east of US 321 and 18.4 miles west of US 421.

The grave is visible by the road. There is a pull-off spot for vehicles.

Laura Foster rests in a grave surrounded by a white fence visible from the highway. Laura was allegedly murdered by Tom Dula, better known as “Tom Dooley” who was immortalized in a folk song, “The Ballad of Tom Dooley.” The events surrounding this crime, and Dooley’s subsequent trial and execution, live on in North Carolina’s best-known murder ballad and in stories passed down in local families.



Whippoorwill Academy & Village
11929 Highway 268 West
PO Box 458
Ferguson, NC 28624
Phone: (336) 973-3237
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Saturday – Sunday: 3pm – 5pm
during the week by appointment

Located just outside Caldwell County, this is a popular site for school children and history buffs featuring a collection of log structures, including a one-room school house, general store, art gallery, Daniel Boone replica cabin, chapel, blacksmith shop, jail house, weaving room, tavern, and a museum dedicated to the legend of Tom Dooley. Whippoorwill also offers canoe rentals with a self-guided historic tour along the Yadkin River. Free admission.



Hudson Railroad Depot Museum
550 Central Street
PO Box 547
Hudson, NC 28638
Phone: (828) 728-8272
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The museum is open during special events and by appointment.

This renovated depot was originally built around the turn of the 20th century and was used as a train station until the 1970s. The museum provides memorabilia pertaining to the Town of Hudson including the history of the Hudson Depot. On exhibit is a restored 1912 Wood-Sided Rear Cupola Caboose furnished with railroad artifacts. Free admission.



Caldwell Heritage Museum
112 Vaiden Street
Lenoir, NC 28645
Phone: (828) 758-4004
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Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 4:30pm
Saturday: 10am – 3pm

The Caldwell County Heritage Museum displays and preserves artifacts, records and archival document relating to Caldwell County history. Items of note pertain to military contributions by Caldwell county citizens, music, and Davenport College, the last building of which now houses the museum. Free admission.




Coffey’s General Store
NC Hwy. 90
8971 Edgemont Road
Collettsville, NC 28611
Phone: (828) 754-2638
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The store is open on weekends during the spring, summer, and fall months of the year from Friday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm, and on Sundays from 1pm to 5pm.

This general store once served as the Edgemont post office, tax listing station, Army recruitment point, and the store had the areas only telephone up until the 1970s. The store contains a collection of antiques, original store fixtures, and photographs of Mortimer and Edgemont from the early 1900s. Visitors enjoy the galvanized metal roof, the relaxing benches, and an ice cold cola with a pack of “nickel candy.” The store has survived several floods and economic downturns.


Wilson Creek Visitor Center
7805 Brown Mountain Beach Road
PO Box 34
Collettsville, NC 28611
Phone: (828) 759-0005
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April 1 – May 31 and September 1 – November 30:
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: 1pm – 4pm

June 1 – August 31:
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 1pm – 6pm

The Wilson Creek Visitor Center gives information on the Wilson Creek gorge area and has a photograph and artifact collection that tells the story of the town of Mortimer. Mortimer was washed away in a flood in 1916 and then again in 1940 and was not rebuilt. The remains of the old cotton mill and CCC camp are nearby. Free admission.