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
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
Scenic, North Carolina