704-878-3493, 300 South Center Street, Statesville. Adorning a specially created wall in the Statesville Civic Center, the 21 feet tall, 19 feet wide fresco was crafted by world-renowned artist Ben Long, a native of Statesville.
I-40, Exit 148 (Hwy 90 West), Hiddenite, NC. Named for the gem found only in this area, this quaint township features Hiddenite Gems/Emerald Hollow (828-632-3394) where the largest emerald in North America weighing 1,686.3 karats was found. The Hiddenite Center/Historic Lucas Mansion (828-632-6966) is a three-story Victorian mansion housing various collections and art galleries as well as a toy and doll collection.
438 Fort Dobbs Road, Statesville. 704-873-5882. Fort Dobbs State Historic Site provides a window into the tumultuous period of history known as the French and Indian War (1754-1763) or Seven Years War. Fort Dobbs is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. http://www.fortdobbs.org/index.html
704-528-3882, 155 Lytton Farm Road, Troutman, NC, I-77 at Exit 42. Monday – 11:00 am to 6:00 pm – Thursday -11:00 am to 6:00 pm – Friday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm – Sunday 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Closed – Tuesday and Wednesday. Vineyard and winery tours are 2:30 pm or 4:30 pm during hours of operation. Iredell County’s first winery. The timber framed tasting room overlooks the vineyard and in addition to offering fine wine, features selected works of art by North Carolina artists. Live music is also available on weekends.
704-873-5976, 248 Allison Woods Dr, Turnersburg. Open by appointment only, please call. The Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center is nestled within 1000 acres of Allison Woods in Statesville, North Carolina. The mission of The Outdoor Learning Center is to promote education through the use of land and water as an outdoor classroom by offering a STEM based curriculum. The unique diversity of habitats found onsite offers visitors of all ages many ways to experience the connections between people and the environment. For more information, go to: http://www.allisonwoodsoutdoorlearningcenter.com/