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Travel to Happy Valley and you will experience the arts, storytelling and living traditions of a historic region. Descendants of some of the region's early settlers continue to live here and make music, paint, spin, weave, quilt, make molasses and soap, tell stories and practice the traditional farming methods of earlier generations.

Fiddlers Convention

The annual Happy Valley Fiddler's Convention includes not only fiddling but also folk singing, instrument making, old-time dance demonstrations, hayride tours, corn shucking, flat footing, and local home-cooked foods. History buffs can visit the nearby grave of Laura Foster, murdered in 1866 and immortalized in legend and in the song, "Hang Down Your Head, Tom Dooley."

Whippoorwill Academy & Village features artwork based on the Tom Dula legend as well as a chapel, blacksmith shop, weaving room and special events. Enjoy a reproduction of the cabin called home by Daniel Boone, who lived with his wife and eight children in this community in the 1760's.

Fort Defiance marker

Nearby Fort Defiance, a home completed in 1792 and named after a historic stockade, has been restored and today features more than 300 pieces of original furnishings and artifacts, some more than two centuries old. Annual public events like Pickin' & Plowin' Day and Pickin' & Mowin' Day celebrate traditional farming practices while promoting interest in farmland preservation and conservation.

Whether you come for a day, a weekend or a special event, you will experience the spirit of a legendary place in Happy Valley!

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The North Carolina Arts Council is a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, a state agency.
Susan Kluttz, Secretary; Pat McCrory, Governor