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Welcome to Lumberton, North Carolina!

The new issue of the Lumberton Visitor and Relocation Guide is online!   We hope that you will enjoy exploring Lumberton, North Carolina, a unique and diverse region with both a fascinating history and an exciting future!  Please click on the image below to find out why Lumberton is a great place to visit and a wonderful city to call your home town!



Some of North Carolina’s greatest treasures can be found off the beaten path. You never know what you might find... an old-time general store, local artisan, or simply a picturesque view that takes your breath away. You’ll be swept away by the untouched natural landscape found on the backroads of this rural county.

In Anson County, you can discover all that and more. Come. Visit. Surround yourself with the beauty of North Carolina’s best kept secret.



The children’s musical group Big Bang Boom is coming to two of our library locations for a concert on Friday, July 13!  Bring the family and rock out with us at the Lumberton library at 11:00am and the Pembroke library at 2:00pm.  This event is a part of our summer reading program and it is geared towards ages 4-12.  So bring your dancing shoes and join the fun!  Admission is FREE.

This program is also scheduled for Robeson County Public Library in Pembroke at 2:00pm on July 13th  Please call Lisa Bowden, 910-738-4859, ext 310 for more information. 


July 13, 2018


11:00 am - 1:00 pm



JOHN PENN 1740-1788
One of North Carolina's three signers of the Declaration of Independence. His home stood three miles northeast.

     The life of John Penn (1740-1788) provides an early example of the American dream. With nothing more than a rudimentary education, Penn rose through legal and political circles to ultimately become one of three North Carolinians to sign the Declaration of Independence. 

     The only son of Moses and Catherine Penn on May 6, 1740, John Penn spent his childhood in Virginia’s Caroline County. While his family enjoyed moderate wealth, Penn received only basic instruction in rural schoolhouses, as his father mandated. After his father’s death, however, lawyer, neighbor, and relative Edmond Pendleton offered young Penn use of his library. Through self-instruction and an apprenticeship under Pendleton, John acquired knowledge of law sufficient for admittance to the Caroline County bar in 1762. 

     After wedding Susannah Lyme in 1763, and practicing law for over a decade, in 1774 Penn and his family settled near Williamsborough in what was the Granville County, the epicenter of the colony’s growing independence movement. Since Penn had already earned a reputation as an elegant and persuasive orator, he first entered the political realm as a representative at the Third Provincial Congress in August of 1775. After earning the respect of constituents and colleagues, Penn joined William Hooper and Joseph Hewes at the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, replacing Richard Caswell

     During their appointment to the Continental Congress, Penn and Hooper arrived in Halifax, North Carolina, on April 15, three days after the adoption of the Halifax Resolves, a document sanctioning independence from England, was made public. Penn went on to sign the Declaration of Independence in August of 1776, his best known contribution to North Carolina history. With somewhat less fanfare, Penn joined fellow patriots Cornelius Harnett and John Williams in signing the articles of Confederation, a document joining the individual states within federal government. 

     Later in his career, Penn served on North Carolina’s Board of War, established by Abner Nash in 1780, and on an advisory council to governor Thomas Burke in 1781. After a failed bid for re-election to governor’s council, Penn retired to his home near Island Creek in Granville County, where he died at age 48. Although he was originally buried near Island Creek, in 1894 his remains were transferred to what would become Guilford Courthouse National Military Park in Greensboro. 


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Local Attractions
 A Great Day Trip Destination!
Waldensian Heritage Winery
Thursday - Sunday
1pm to 6pm
Waldensian Heritage Museum & Gift Shop
Tuesday - Friday
Tours at 11am & 2pm
*extended hours during the Outdoor Drama Season 4-6pm on Fridays & Saturdays
Trail of Faith
9am until 5pm
Piedmont & Western Railroad Museum
Monday - Friday
Meetings Thursday Nights 
Call in advance
Rock School Art
Galleries I & II
Monday - Friday
8am to 5pm
Old Rock School
Monday - Friday
8am to 5pm
McGalliard Falls
Park Open to the Public
Village Park Mural
Created by Clive Haynes
Find the 51 Hidden Objects
Shop Downtown
Check out what Valdese has to offer!
 Want to move your business to Valdese? Call 828-879-2129 and we will help you get the information you need...
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Family Friday Nights: July Schedule
July 6: The Shakedown Band
Dance & Variety
July 13: Jason Lee McKinney
Country, Rock, & Folk
July 20: Shelby Rae Moore
Variety, Blues, & Classic Rock
July 27: Angela Easterling
Americana & Variety
Valdese Farmers Market
Fridays 11am-4pm • May-September
Old Rock School Front Lawn
Baked Goods • Corn • Cucumbers • Tomatoes • Apples
Plants • Potatoes • Jams • Okra • Beans
43rd Waldensian Festival 
Join us for the 43rd Annual Waldensian Festival on August 11, 2018! Vendor and Major Food Vendor applications are available online now! Find them here.
Main Stage Lineup: 
Friday, August 10 Festival Kickoff: 
7pm Opening Act: Little Johnny Trailer Trash

9pm- The Artimus Pyle Band - Check them out here!
Honoring the music of Ronnie Vant Zant's Lynyrd Skynyrd, featuring legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle

Saturday, August 11th 
10am: Gravity Check Jugglers
10:30am: The Band 28690
12pm: Tumblemania Gymnastics
12:30pm: Christie Lynn Band
2pm: Donut Eating Contest presented by Old World Baking Co.
3pm: Tony Bailey Band
7pm: The Band of Oz - Check them out here!
Entertainment updates will be added!
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Paramount Ford Hyundai of Valdese
Heritage Funeral Home
Meridian Yarn Specialty Group
Kleen Tech
Burke Onsite
Autoworks of Valdese
Family Friday Nights Full Schedule
 2018 Schedule:
July 6- The Shakedown Band- Dance 
July 13- Jason Lee Mckinney- Country/Classic Rock
July 20- Shelby Rae Moore- Variety
July 27- Angela Easterling- Americana
August 3- Carson Hill- Country/Rock/Folk
August 10- Festival Kickoff! Little Johnny Trailer Trash & Artimus Pyle Band- Honoring the music of Ronnie Van Zant's Lynyrd Skynyrd 
August 17-Hannah Kaminer- Americana
August 24-Fox & Company- Variety
August 31- Skate Rink Jukebox- Variety
September 7- Gal Friday- Country & Southern Rock
September 14- Blind Justus- Variety
September 21- TBA
September 24- TBA
Free, live entertainment on Friday nights, May through September. 

Local nostalgic, beach, classic rock, Americana, variety and country music performers are sure to get your toes tapping. The music starts at 7 pm at the Town of Valdese parking lot beside Wells Fargo Bank on Main Street. Sponsored by the Town of Valdese. Friday Night Cruise-ins at Myra's continue throughout the year. Vintage cars and trucks fill up the block around Myra's Restaurant. Designated Fridays host a car show on Main Street.
2018-2019 Concerts at the Rock 
Season & Individual tickets available to purchase by calling 828-879-2129 or online here. 
Old Colony Players
From this Day Forward Outdoor Drama
Fridays & Saturdays • July 13-August 11
Fred B. Cranford Amphitheatre • 7:45pm
Tickets on sale by calling 828-522-1150 or online here.
Rock School Arts Foundation Galleries
New Window Gallery
Old Rock School Room Rentals
Auditorium will seat up to 500 people
Waldensian Room will seat up to 150
Rooms 119, 137, 138 & 139 will seat up to 25
Teacher's Cottage will seat 50
The Old Rock School is a great place for parties, receptions, classes, recitals, performances, camps & much, much more! 
Call 828.879.2129 for further details and rates regarding these spaces.
Historic Valdese Tours
Start planning for your summer tours now! 
 We will plan the perfect tour for your group!

School Field Trips Available!
This is just a sample tour and we can customize your tour to meet the needs of your group. Call 828-879-2126 today for more information!
A North Carolina Main Street Community Since 2013
Valdese Tourism • PO Box • Valdese, NC 28690


Pilot Mountain State Park

Rising abruptly more than 2,000 feet, Pilot Mountain has been a navigational landmark for centuries, and is a recreational landmark as well, offering miles of trails, camping, climbing and spectacular scenery. The mountain summit remains the principal park area, connected to the Yadkin River section by a 6.5-mile trail corridor. An extensive trail network is augmented by a bridle trail and a canoe trail section on the river. Family camping in a 49-site campground is augmented by riverside group camps and canoe-in sites. Rock climbing and rappelling are allowed on portions of the park’s steep cliffs, and those cliffs perched around the mountain’s summit offer seemingly endless views of piedmont, Sauratown Mountains and Blue Ridge Mountains.

Pilot Mountain State Park

1792 Pilot Knob Park Road
Pinnacle, NC 27043