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Annual Events: GHOST TRAIN at TWEETSIE RAILROAD, Blowing Rock

Fall weekends in the High Country just aren’t complete without the mournful wail of the haunted Ghost Train and its spectral engineer Casey Bones, as they take over Tweetsie Railroad after dark! Continue reading



At the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum, you will learn about the ways of life 230 years ago including the difficulties early settlers faced while adapting to this region. Docents show visitors ways of life such as blacksmithing, candlemaking, weaving and spinning, and fireside cooking. Continue reading

Attractions- MYSTERY HILL, Blowing Rock

Experience the High Country’s own gravitational anomaly at Mystery Hill! Continue reading


Fall in the High Country can only mean one thing- it’s time for a corn maze! Valle Crucis’s own Harvest Farm Corn Maze is a great destination for the entire family. Continue reading


Humans have long held the desire to move faster than their own two legs could carry them, and this history is beautifully celebrated at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, just outside Salisbury. This 57 acre museum, the largest collection of rail memorabilia in North or South Carolina, is mostly devoted to the transportation … Continue reading

Daytrips & Regional History- OLD SALEM, Winston-Salem

The beautiful state of North Carolina has been settled by many peoples from Europe over the past 425+ years. Not the least of these were the Moravians, who found their way to central North Carolina in the 1750’s and settled on nearly 100,000 acres they named Wachovia. The first settlement in the area was named Bethabara, … Continue reading

Regional History & Attractions: WHIPPORWILL VILLAGE, Ferguson

Hang down your head, Tom Dooley Hang down your head and cry Hang down your head, Tom Dooley Poor boy, you’re bound to die The chorus to The Ballad of Tom Dooley, an Appalachian “sweetheart-murder” ballad popularized by the Kingston Trio in 1958, is more than just a catchy, mournful song. Here in the mountains and … Continue reading

Attractions: DOC’S ROCKS GEM MINE, Blowing Rock

North Carolina has been affectionately called “the treasure chest of the States”, and rightfully so, considering the Old North State is home to over 300 varieties of gemstones and minerals, the most of any in the nation. And these days, you don’t have to suit up in prospector’s equipment to search for gems of your … Continue reading

Attractions: ASHE COUNTY CHEESE, West Jefferson

Most people think of the nursery rhyme about Little Miss Muppet when they heard the term “curds”, but folks in the know in the High Country think immediately of deliciously salty, squeaky bits of cheddar cheese, and the best place to find them is right in our own backyard. Ashe County Cheese, located in downtown … Continue reading

Attractions: CHURCHES OF THE FRESCOES, Ashe County

The High Country is home to two priceless pieces of art, frescoes done by world-renowned North Carolina based artist Benjamin F. Long IV: frescoes adorning two century-old churches in Ashe County. The frescoes are a part of the Ben Long Fresco Trail throughout North Carolina, and today are just as beautiful and vibrant as the … Continue reading


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