Experience Our Heritage

Located in the rolling foothills of western North Carolina, Valdese is not your average small town. Founded on the rich traditions of 19th century Waldensian settlers, the Town of Valdese honors the heritage and determination of the Waldenses and their journey from the Cottian Alps of northern Italy to edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Burke County during the early 1800’s.

Make Valdese your destination for a unique and educational family outing or bring your church, civic or social group to experience the Waldensian heritage as it is preserved by the Valdese community today. Stop in at the Valdese Tourism Department office located in the Old Rock School on Main Street for day-tripping information or a custom group tour itinerary.

Whether your Valdese visit is a family stopover or a couple’s weekend get-away, you don’t want to miss wine-tasting at the Waldensian Heritage Winery and a trip through the 19th Century at the Waldensian Heritage Museum. You can experience the journey of the Waldensians at the Trail of Faith and take a bird’s eye view of mid-century Valdese at the model train museum operated by the Piedmont and Western Railroad Club. Check our schedule for special events, concerts and showcased arts and crafts exhibits at the Old Rock School Art Galleries.

Shop downtown Valdese for antiques, jewelry, unique gifts, handmade crafts and consignments. Visit our parks for a leisurely picnic or cool off at McGalliard Falls. Spend the evening enjoying one of our many outdoor concerts, festivals, car shows and our must-see outdoor drama, “From This Day Forward.

Click here for our Historic Valdese brochure with Downtown Map

Experience the "Then & Now" of Downtown Valdese with our special Walking Tour. Copies are available at the Tourism Office located at the Old Rock School. 

Download the tour guide here


Hampton Inn | Comfort Inn | Quality Inn | Sleep Inn | Plaza Inn | Days Inn & Suites By Wyndham 

Bed & Breakfast Inns:
The Inn at Glen Alpine | 
Robardajen Woods

Riverside Golf & RV Park | Steele Creek Park & Campground | Rose Creek Family Campground
Daniel Boone Family Campground | South Mountains State Park | Lake James State Park

Air B&B's: Follow this link for listings

Telephone: 828-879-2129, 828-879-2126 | Mailing: P.O. Box 339 Valdese NC 28690

Director of Community Affairs & Tourism

Assistant Director

Old Rock School Maintenance Director

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