The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook
 

Susanna Pantas, Artist

Wilkesboro

(Including nearby Boomer, Ferguson, Moravian Falls and Purlear)

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MerleFest at Wilkes Community College

Wilkes Community College   Old Wikes Jail, home of the Old Wilkes Jail Museum, Wilkesboro NC   Ben Long Fresco of St. Paul in St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Wilkesboro NC   Historic Old Courthouse, home of the Wilkes Heritage Museum, Wilkesboro NC   Wilkes Art Gallery   

Wilkesboro, North Carolina

Wilkesboro NC, founded in 1800 and incorporated in 1847, is the county seal of Wilkes County, and is located along the south bank of the Yadkin River, directly opposite the slightly larger town of North Wilkesboro. Wilkesboro is probably best known as the home to the celebrated MerleFest, an internationally acclaimed acoustic and bluegrass music festival held every April.  Nearby outdoor attractions, including nearby Stone Mountain State Park  and W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir, the many downtown shops and galleries and the multifaceted cultural life in this charming foothills town ensure a great visit. 
  
Wilkesboro's largest industry is the Tyson Foods poultry processing plant; it is one of the largest poultry plants east of the Mississippi River. The town also contains several textile and furniture factories; one of the largest is the Key City Furniture factory.
   Noteworthy also is the fact that Daniel Boone, the famous explorer and pioneer, lived for several years where Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro are located before moving west to Kentucky. Wilkesboro is also the place the Tom Dula saga took place, an incident immortalized in song and legend, most notably the murder ballard "Hang Down Your Head, Tom Dooley" recorded in 1958 by the Kingston Trio.  Each summer the Wilkes Playmakers also present a popular play based on the legend. Visitors to Wilkesboro interested in local history may take a self-guided walking tour which includes stops at thirteen historic buildings. Wilkesboro also has an outstanding greenway, the Yadkin River Greenway, which parallels the Yadkin River.
 

    One of the many artistic highlights of Wilkesboro are the beautiful Ben Long Frescoes in St. Paul's Episcopal Church, located at 200 Cowles Street. These classically executed frescoes of St. Paul the Apostle are open for viewing by the public. Wilkesboro is also home to Wilkes Community College, a public coeducational two-year college which has an enrolment of over 3,500 students.  Located on the campus is The Walker Center, one of the major cultural arts and performance venues in the area. Also in Wilkesboro is the Wilkes Heritage Museum, located in the historic Old Courthouse.
   Stretching from the North Wilkesboro and Wilkesboro area towards Lenoir along Highway 268 is the historic "
Happy Valley". Located on the banks of the Yadkin River, Happy Valley was so named  by the early settlers who described the valley as "a place of beauty, peace and tranquility" and the name aptly remains. A number of attractions are in the valley, including Fort Defiance, the Chapel of Rest and Whippoorwill Academy and Village.    

 

Resources
City Website: Wilkesboro:
Town Hall, 203 West Main Street, Wilkesboro NC 28697; 336-838-3951
Facebook: Wilkesboro
Location: Foothills, 2
1/2 hours east of Asheville
County:
Wilkes County: County Offices, 110 North Street, Wilkesboro NC 28697; 336-651-7346
Elevation & Population:
1,042 feet, 3,200+

County Chamber of Commerce: Wilkes County Chamber of Commerce, 717 Main Street, North Wilkesboro NC 28659; 336-838-8662
County Tourism Development: Wilkes County Tourism
, 203 West Main Street, Wilkesboro NC 28697; 336-838-3951
Newspaper: The Record, 911 Main Street, North Wilkesboro NC 28659; 336-667-0134
Movie Theatres: (Nearest) Kleeberg Liberty Theatre, 816 Main Street, North Wilkesboro NC 28659; 336-838-4561
High School: Wilkes Central High School, 1179 Moravian Falls Road, Wilkesboro NC 28697; 336-667-5277
Colleges and Universities: Wilkes Community College
, 1328 South Collegiate Drive, Wilkesboro NC 28697; 336-838-6100
Hospitals:
(Nearest) Wilkes Regional Medical Center, 1370 West D Street, North Wilkesboro NC 28659; 336-651-8100
Major Festivals: MerleFest (April) Brushy Mountain Apple Festival (October)
Natural Attractions:
Happy Valley Rendezvous Mountain Educational State Forest, Stone Mountain State Park, W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir,  Yadkin River Greenway
Cultural Attractions: Ben Long Frescoes in St. Paul's Episcopal Church,
Chapel of Rest, Chapel of Rest  Old Wilkes Jail Museum, The Walker Center,
Whippoorwill Academy and Village, Wilkes Art Gallery, Wilkes Heritage Museum
Wineries: Cerminaro Vineyard


Real Estate

Fine Dining in Western North Carolina
Dining
Casual & Family Dining
Applebee's: (American) 1909 Highway 421, Wilkesboro NC 28697; 336-838-3533
Carousel Cafe: (American) 1510 Mall Square, Wilkesboro NC 28697; 336-838-9141
Don's Seafood and Steakhouse: (American) 1200 River Street, Wilkesboro NC 28697; 336-667-3331
Hadley's Restaurant: (Country) 328 Wilkesboro Avenue, Wilkesboro NC 28697; 336-838-8351
Ryan's Fire Mountain: (American) 1917 Highway 421 East, Wilkesboro NC 28697; 336-838-7926
Sagebrush Steakhouse and Saloon: (American) 1302 Collegiate Drive, Wilkesboro NC 28697; 336-838-2122
The 50s Cafe: (American) 109 West Main Street, Wilkesboro NC 28697; 336-838-5050

Overseas & Exotic
Amalfi's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria: (Italian) 1919 Highway 421, Wilkesboro NC 28697; 336-838-3188
Chile Verde: (Mexican) 1502 Mall Square, Wilkesboro NC 28697; 336-838-1999
Koto's Japanese Restaurant: (Japanese) 1919 Highway 421, Wilkesboro NC 28697; 336-838-1888
Monte de Rey: (Mexican) 1804 Winkler Street, Wilkesboro NC 28697; 336-903-1276

Cafes & Grills
Glenn's Restaurant: (American) 800 River Street, Wilkesboro NC 28697; 336-838-2541
Saddlebrook Grill & Cantina at Elk Creek Inn: (Grill) Leatherwood Mountains Resort, Elk Creek Road, Ferguson NC 28697; 336-973-5706

Pizza
Papa John's: (Pizza) 1512 Mall Square, Wilkesboro NC 28697; 336-838-7272
Pizza Hut: (Pizza) 1204 School Street, Wilkesboro NC 28697; 336-667-2023


Inn on Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC
Accommodations
Resorts
Leatherwood Mountains: (Resort) 512 Meadow Road, Ferguson NC 28624; 800-462-6867

Hotels, Inns & Lodges
Wilderness Lodge: (Country Lodge) 185 Edmiston Lane, Boomer NC 28606; 336-921-2277

Motels
Addison Inn: (Motel) Highway 421, Wilkesboro NC 28697; 336-838-4000
Hampton Inn: (Motel) 1300 Collegiate Drive, Wilkesboro NC 28697; 336-838-5000
Holiday Inn Express: (Motel) 1700 Winkler Street, Wilkesboro NC 28697; 336-838-8200

Cabins, Cottages & Chalets
Leatherwood Mountains: (Home and cabin rentals) 512 Meadow Road, Ferguson NC 28624; 800-462-6867
Moravian Falls Family Campground & Cabins: (Cabins) 5436 Falls Road, Moravian Falls NC 28654; 336-667-6150


Campgrounds
Moravian Falls Family Campground & Cabins: (Campground) 5436 Falls Road, Moravian Falls NC 28654; 336-667-6150
Bandits Roost Campground W. Kerr Scott Reservoir: (NC Government Campground) 667 Jess Walsh Road, Wilkesboro NC 28697; 336-921-2177
 

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