Historic Happy Valley
Historic Happy Valley is known for its arts, storytelling and living traditions. Many of the residents are descendents of some of the region’s early settlers and continue to make their living playing music, painting, spinning, weaving, quilting and making molasses. They also love telling stories of yesterday and practicing the traditional farming methods of earlier generations.
Located in North Carolina’s Caldwell and Wilkes counties, Historic Happy Valley is a place where artists, craftspeople, farmers and fishermen have worked together to tell the story of their rich cultural heritage through various community events and partnerships.
Visitors are welcome to stop by and partake in the annual fiddlers’ convention at the Tony Jones Farm on Labor Day weekend, buy some local honey or enjoy the rolling pastures of undisturbed acreage in this quiet part of the state. Come hear the stories of the early explorers including Daniel Boone and learn about the legend of Civil War soldier Tom Dooley, probably convicted of a murder he never committed. Or stop by a restaurant on a Saturday night to hear the blues or church music by the Mennonites on a Sunday morning. Happy Valley has a little something for everyone.
The press kit includes a background story about Historic Happy Valley along with sample story ideas around the valley, in addition to audio clips of interviews with residents, artists and musicians. JPEG images are available.
Senior Program Director for Marketing