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At the NC Visitor Center, we are always on the lookout for ways to promote independent businesses and to support local farmers.  We are very pleased to be able to do both in introducing P.R. Moore’s Produce to our readers.  

P.R. Moore’s Produce, located at 2427 W Main Hwy, Biscoe, NC 27209, is one of the best places in North Carolina to buy quality produce.  They also carry jams, jellies, relishes, chow chows, cured pork, hoop cheese, grits, peanuts, old fashioned candies, live ornamental plants, garden ornaments and antiques.  P.R. Moore’s is part produce stand, part old country store, part nursery and part… well just a little bit of everything good.  They also carry hard to find sodas in the bottle, like Blenheim Ginger Ale from Dillon County, SC. (  Be sure to try the fried pies, homemade, using a 100 year old recipe. 



What really sets P.R. Moore’s Produce apart from grocery stores is two fold.  The first, and most obvious, are the prices.  You’ll save money shopping at P.R. Moore’s.  However, that is not the most important reason.  The main reason to visit P.R. Moore’s is the selection and quality of the produce.  Depending on the season, you’ll find dozens of varieties of peas and beans, corn, all sorts of both hot and sweet peppers, greens, cucumbers in all sizes, squash, apples, peaches, tomatoes, etc., etc.  P.R. Moore’s takes the time to do things that commercial chains cannot or will not do.  For instance, they don’t receive shipment after shipment of unripe peaches and sell them to the public.  When peaches are in season, they go out to the orchards and hand-pick only the best peaches at the perfect stage of ripeness.

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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.



     Built in 1858, Kittrell Springs Hotel could accommodate 500 guests. Located at a rail junction, the resort received an impressive amount of visitors until 1861. As sectional tensions tore the country apart, the hotel closed. In the spring of 1864, however, Confederate officials converted the building into a hospital for troops injured in the campaigns around Richmond and Petersburg. 

      General Hospital Number One, as the facility became known, could house 300 injured or sick soldiers. Between June 1864 and April 1865, over 2,100 men were cared for at the post. Despite the nearby battles in Virginia and eastern North Carolina, many more men suffered from disease than combat injuries. Moreover, soldiers admitted with gunshot wounds accounted for only 7% compared to 28% from typhoid, 20% from pneumonia, and 7% from diarrhea. At least 31% of the typhoid victims and 36% of the pneumonia victims died. 

      All together, 68 men are known to have died at the hospital; however, the causes of death are only known for 54 of them. Among the dead were 16 members of the North Carolina Junior Reserves, regiments formed from young men between the ages of 17-18 years old. Although the majority of the dead were North Carolinians, several Virginians, South Carolinians, and Georgians are among the 52 men buried in the cemetery. 

      The cemetery was established during the war for those men whose bodies could not be returned home. The Reverend Matthias Murray Marshall oversaw the burials and often recorded the last moments of each man’s life. Marshall’s notes provide a glimpse into the lives of the men buried at Kittrell. He recorded that William Brown, 5th Virginia Cavalry, upon his deathbed stated, “I have not a relation in the world.” For J. G. Edwards, 5th North Carolina Cavalry, Marshall noted, “Left a wife and a child. Baptized in infancy, though I think a good man and prepared to die – said ‘Death has no sorrows for me.’” 

      At the war’s conclusion, the hotel once again became a hotel holding such distinguished visitors as President Andrew Johnson. The building burned in 1885. For years the cemetery lay neglected, but in 1954 the Kittrell Community Club included its restoration as part of a “Finer Carolina” project. Fifty large cedar trees surrounded the cemetery until 1936 when locals cut down several trees for firewood during an unusually severe winter. The headstones of the 52 interred Confederates are military regulation, with two rows facing west, and two facing east. At the center is a white marble urn for flowers.


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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!
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43rd Waldensian Festival 
Join us for the 43rd Annual Waldensian Festival on August 10 & 11, 2018! 
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 Company
3pm: Tony Bailey Band
7pm: The Band of Oz - Check them out here!
Proudly Sponsored By:

Valdese Weavers

Carolinas Healthcare System Blueridge
Paramount Ford Hyundai of Valdese
Old World Baking Company
Heritage Funeral Home
Meridian Yarn Specialty Group
Kleen Tech
Burke Onsite
Autoworks of Valdese
Granny's Country Kitchen
Big Dawg 92.1
Family Friday Nights: August Schedule
August 3: Carson Hill
Country, Rock, & Folk
August 10: Festival Kick-Off with The Artimus Pyle Band
Honoring the music of Ronnie Van Zant's Lynyrd Skynyrd
August 17: Hannah Kaminer
Americana & Alternative Country
August 24: Fox & Company
Dance & Variety
Family Friday Nights Full Schedule
 2018 Schedule:
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- Dirty Grass Soul- Southern Rock/ Alt. Country
September 24- The Shakedown Band- Dance & Variety
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.
Valdese Farmers Market
Fridays 11am-4pm • May-September
Old Rock School Front Lawn
Baked Goods • Corn • Cucumbers • Tomatoes • Apples
Plants • Potatoes • Jams • Okra • Beans
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


Lake Norman State Park

Lake Norman State Park, on the largest manmade lake in North Carolina, boasts one of the region’s more popular mountain biking network, offering 30.5 miles of single-track trail. Nearby are a 125-yard-long swim beach and bathhouse complex as well as a boat ramp and opportunities for fishing from spots along park trails. A family campground with 32-sites and a group campground are available during warm-weather months, and a community building with kitchen facilities, restrooms and fireplace can be rented for family and group events year round. Free interpretive programs are complemented by educational exhibits throughout the visitor center and along the child-friendly Dragonfly Trail.