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Lovevalley

Lovevalley

In 1948, Mayor Andy Barker decided to start his own town in Iredell County’s Brushy Mountains. When you approach Lovevalley, you’ll think you are entering an authentic old western town, complete with a dancehall and saloon, tack shop, general store and blacksmith. Cowboys and their horses roam the dirt streets. No vehicles are allowed, so saddle up and ride on in.
Phone: (704) 878-3480

Museum of the Alphabet, Waxhaw

The Museum of the Alphabet fills a small building with various depictions of the world’s alphabets. Exhibits include languages dating from early Egyptian to Turkish, Russian and Greek, to name a few. Many of the displays are hand-painted with amazing attention to detail.
Phone: (704) 843-6066

Clyde Jones – Chainsaw Folk Artist, Bynum

The small mill town of Bynum, just south of Chapel Hill, has become popular for its unusual outdoor art. Local chainsaw folk artist Clyde Jones has a small mill house covered in decorative murals and surrounded by hundreds of animal figures handcrafted with a chainsaw. Jones carves his “critters” from large chunks of wood (mostly cedar), then uses an assortment of junk (old softballs, plastic fruit, old film canisters) to add other features. Jones and his dog, Speck, greet the visitors.
Phone: (919) 542-8296

Whirligigs, Lucuma

Located in Wilson County is an amazing collection of “Whirligigs” – large, wooden, wind-driven mechanical windmills – created by local folk artist Volis Simpson.
The devices incorporate complex movement and sound and are an integral part of more than 30 works erected on Simpson’s property. His works have been exhibited in several museums, such as the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. He has also been featured in several publications, including Sign and Symbol, People and Time.
Phone: (252) 243-8440

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