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Historic Happy Valley

Historic Happy Valley

From Patterson to the Wilkesboro Reservoir, this rural route follows NC 268 along the upper Yadkin River from the mountains to the gently rolling foothills of the piedmont. Historically a farming region, today the traveler will see acres of horticultural nurseries and turf farms alongside more traditional crops. This road twists and turns through a river valley dotted with historic homes and old barns.

Around Happy Valley, visitors can stop at the Chapel of Rest - a restored chapel and final resting place of civil war generals and soldiers, Fort Defiance - the 18th century home of Revolutionary War hero General William Lenoir,  the Patterson School - an educational retreat and incubator farm, Laura Foster's grave, and the site of the annual Happy Valley Fiddlers convention. Driving towards Wilkesboro, history buffs will find Whippoorwill Academy and Village where a replica log-cabin village has been reconstructed or they can find Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir, a 3,754-acre recreational area for camping, fishing, swimming, boating, and hiking.

Clockwise: Beautiful wedding at the Chapel of Rest, Rock stacking in the Yadkin River, Laura Foster's grave - from the Legend of Tom Dooley, Foraging for Mushrooms class lead by instructors at Patterson School

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  • Address
    Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention, North Carolina 268, Lenoir, NC, USA
  • Zip/Post Code
    28645