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Wilkes County is rich in historical lore. Rendezvous Mountain was a landmark of the Revolutionary War. Daniel Boone and his family also settled here before moving on to Kentucky. Historic buildings include St. Paul's Episcopal Church, the Carl Lowe House and Smithey Hotel building, just to name a few.

The Old Wilkes Jail that housed Tom Dula (of "Tom Dooley" fame) while he awaited trial in the murder of Laura Foster is here. The Whippoorwill Academy, a 1-room schoolhouse built in 1880, is now being used as a local museum that includes paintings and drawings of "The Legend of Tom Dooley" and Dooley memorabilia.

Wilkesboro was founded in 1847 and incorporated in 1889. The railroad came to Wilkes a year later, and North Wilkesboro was established in 1891.

Wilkes County enjoys 4 distinct seasons. The county takes in both mountains and foothills with elevations varying from just over 1,000 feet above sea level to nearly 1,200 feet above sea level.The climate is moderate, with temperatures ranging from an average 34 degrees in January to an average 75 degrees in July. The yearly rainfall total is about 50 inches with a yearly snowfall total of about 10 inches.

Extraordinary occasions to broaden educational and cultural horizons are prevalent here because of the efforts of the public school system, the local community college and a number of art agencies. Cultural opportunities include the Wilkes Art Gallery, which sponsors monthly art exhibits and an open house each December with an art auction.

Something is always going on under Wilkes County's blue sky. Spring offers MerleFest, an internationally acclaimed acoustic and bluegrass music festival. The 4-day celebration honors the late Merle Watson, son of festival host "Doc" Watson.

The Brushy Mountain Apple Festival attracts an array of artists who sell and demonstrate mountain arts and crafts. Visitors come to watch the Civil War re-enactment and sample the apples.


Pre-dawn launches during Lowe's Balloons over the Blue Ridge provide a beautiful backdrop to Wilkes Agricultural Fair. The annual Fire Truck Parade, Christmas Parade, Over Mountain Bike Ride, Holiday Home Tour and performances by the North Carolina Symphony help round out the year.

The John A. Walker Community Center, a part of Wilkes Community College, offers 8 shows per year. They have featured David Copperfield, Andy Williams, Motown groups and many others. The college also presents dinner theaters each year.

Wilkes County Schools consistently rank near the top in academic performance among the state's school systems. There are 16 elementary schools, 4 high schools, a middle school and career education center. Seventeen schools operate state approved After School Child Care Centers - 11 sites operate cooperatively with the Wilkes County 4-H program. Two high schools offer evening classes for adults through Wilkes Community College. Wilkes Community College offers a comprehensive variety of studies including a special Horticulture Technology curriculum in conjunction with the gorgeous Wilkes Community College Gardens.

Wilkes Regional Medical Center provides comprehensive, high quality and cost effective health care. It is licensed for 130 beds, including a 10-bed skilled nursing unit. Physician specialties include Anesthesiology, Cardiology, Diagnostic Imaging, Emergency Medicine, ENT, Family Practice, Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, Nephrology, Neurology, OB/GYN, Ophthalmology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Vascular Surgery and Urology.

Wilkes County offers year-round activities and close proximity to the mountains and beaches. A majestic 600-ft high granite dome in Stone Mountain State Park is surrounded by 13,000 acres of trout streams, campsites, hiking trails and rock climbing.

Basin Creek Trail offers the most serene equestrian trail in the Blue Ridge.

In the summertime, activities shift to the W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir. The 55-mile shoreline provides an abundance of camping, picnicking, fishing, swimming, boating and skiing.

The Old Wilkes Walking Tour offers the opportunity to travel back in time to small town life as it existed in the 18th and 19th centuries. Thirteen stops on the tour are included in the National Register of Historic Places.

Rendezvous Mountain Educational State Forest features a nature trail with "talking trees," which provide information about the area's ecology. The new Yadkin River Greenway provides a 2.5-mile riverside trail.

Accept our invitation to explore Wilkes County and you'll discover a place where people still hold a deep regard for the intangible beauties of life while meeting the challenges of an ever-changing world.

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