Statesville is a city in Iredell County, in the western part of the Piedmont region of North Carolina established in 1789. It is part of the Charlotte metropolitan area and the county seat of Iredell County. Fort Dobbs was an 18th-century fort constructed for the defense of the frontier during and after the French and Indian War. Southern Distilling Company is a true a grain-to-glass distillery, located on a 20-acre farm and one of the largest state-of-the-art distilleries in the Southeast. Iredell Museum was founded about 60 years ago by a group of citizens of Iredell County. It is famous for a 3,000-year-old Egyptian Mummy. The stately Sharpe House with elements of classic revival style was completed in 1866 for Silas Sharpe and his family. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Fort Dobbs, Statesville, NC
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Fort Dobbs was an 18th-century fort near today’s Statesville, in the Yadkin–Pee Dee River Basin region, North Carolina. The fort was constructed for the defense of the frontier during and after the French and Indian War. It was built to protect the British settlers of the western part of the Rowan County, and was an important outpost for soldiers, colonial officials and traders. The main structure in the fort was a blockhouse with log walls, and a shallow ditch all around. A palisade was built in 1761. The main threat were French-allied Native Americans- the Shawnee and Delaware, and French troops who raided North Carolina. Fort Dobbs was abandoned in 1761, and was forgotten. Its original location was eventually discovered and the site of the fort is now operated as Fort Dobbs State Historic Site. Its reconstruction was completed on September 21, 2019.
438 Fort Dobbs Rd, Statesville, NC 28625, Phone: 704-873-5882
2.Southern Distilling Company, Statesville, North Carolina
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Established in 2013, Southern Distilling Company Statesville, North Carolina is a true a grain-to-glass distillery, deeply rooted in heritage and innovation. Located on a 20-acre farm, it is one of the largest state-of-the-art distilleries in the Southeast. The distillery is open to the visitors for tours and tastings daily. Visitors can learn about the whiskey making process, from grain milling to spirits barreling and bottling. The behind-the-scenes tour lasts 45 minutes and at the end of the tour, they can sit at the bar for a complimentary glass of bourbon whiskeys and other products.
211 Jennings Rd, Statesville, NC 28625, Phone: 704-978-7175
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3.Things to Do in Statesville, North Carolina: Iredell Museums
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Iredell Museum in Statesville, North Carolina was founded about 60 years ago by a group of citizens of Iredell County who wanted a place where the residents could learn about the world around them. The Museum’s original location was the 1899 water pump station on Museum Road. The best-known artifact in the museum’s collection is its 3,000-year-old Egyptian Mummy, locally known as Margaret the Mummy. The mummy arrived in Statesville in 1957. With assistance from the British Museum, local researchers and volunteers found out that the mummy comes from the Faiyum region of Egypt, where she lived about 3,000 years ago. The Museum moved to its current location in March 2016. Today, the Museum is known for its interactive, family-friendly exhibits, the permanent display of the Mummy, the STEAM Studio, and living history programs at Gregory Creek Homestead. The museum also offers Museum Without Walls programming to after-school and library programs.
134 Court St, Statesville, NC 28677, Phone: 704-873-7347
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4.Historic Sharpe House Statesville
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The stately Sharpe House in Statesville, North Carolina is a stylish, large house with strong elements of Classic Revival style and many details that were more suited to the fine houses in the low country of South Carolina. Its owner Silas Sharpe started building his unusual home in 1855, but could finish it only in 1866, after the Civil War. The two-story frame house has a central hallway with two rooms on each side both upstairs and downstairs. Large windows and a deep portico provided the cool breezes. Today, the house is located on a small city lot in downtown Statesville and the large gardens, orchards and pastures of the thirteen acre estate are long gone. Today, this grand reminder of the town’s genteel past is open to the public and is managed by The Silas Alexander Sharpe Foundation.
402 S Center St, Statesville, NC 28677, Phone: 704-871-2085
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5.Signal Hill Mall, Statesville, North Carolina
The Signal Hill Mall in Statesville, North Carolina, located in the northern Charlotte suburbs, is a regional enclosed shopping mall opened on August 1, 1973. When it opened, Signal Hill Mall had two anchors – Belk and F. W. Woolworth Company. Spainhour's, the third original anchor, was a local department store operational in downtown Statesville at the time. Belk had been operational in Statesvile since 1912. At its heyday, in the 1990s, the mall occupied 350,000 square feet and had 42 stores. Hills Stores Company opened a 83,000-square foot store at Signal Hill Mall in 1995. Today, the mall serves the Iredell County and the surrounding area. It has six stores, which are anchored by Belk.
1685 E Broad St, Statesville, NC 28625, Phone: 704-873-5875
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6.Things to Do in Statesville, North Carolina: Groucho's Deli
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Groucho’s Deli is a regional chain of fast food restaurants known for classic deli sandwiches and delicious signature sides including their famous potato salad. Groucho’s Deli was established in 1941 by Harold “Groucho” Miller in Columbia, South Carolina. He started with few original recipes for potato salad, coleslaw, various salad and dressings. In the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960’s Groucho’s® Deli developed great reputation for high quality meats and cheeses that he sold in sandwiches and for retail sale and original potato salad and coleslaw. His famous sandwich dressings Formula 45 Sauce™ was perfected in 1945. Groucho’s also sold imported coffees, teas and exotic delicacies from the grocery portion of the restaurant. Groucho’s® has since grown into multi-cities chain across South and North Carolina, quickly becoming the neighborhood deli wherever opened. Groucho’s Statesville spot is bright and modern and popular for its choice of healthy sandwiches, salads and soups.
101 E Broad St, Statesville, NC 28677, Phone: 704-871-2828
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7.The Bristol Cafe & Catering, Statesville, North Carolina
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The Bristol Café and Catering is a sleek, modern café in downtown Statesville, North Carolina. It occupies a historic building constructed in 1889 and originally opened as the Star Saloon before being converted into a hotel and café in 1917. Many nostalgic photos of the old café are now displayed on the wall of the Bristol Café. The café’s menu changes every few weeks and depends on what is available in season. Everyone’s favorites are the low-country traditional shrimp and grits, pressed Cuban sandwich, fried green tomato BLT and the spicy Rojo Diablo burger with four types of pepper, fresh cut jalapenos and habanero pepperjack cheese.
110 Court St, Statesville, NC 28677, Phone: 704-775-4846
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7 Best Things to Do in Statesville, North Carolina
- Fort Dobbs, Statesville, NC, Photo: Fort Dobbs
- Southern Distilling Company, Statesville, North Carolina, Photo: Southern Distilling Company
- Things to Do in Statesville, North Carolina: Iredell Museums, Photo: Iredell Museums
- Historic Sharpe House Statesville, Photo: Historic Sharpe House Statesville
- Signal Hill Mall, Statesville, North Carolina, Photo: JackF/stock.adobe.com
- Things to Do in Statesville, North Carolina: Groucho's Deli, Photo: Groucho's Deli
- The Bristol Cafe & Catering, Statesville, North Carolina, Photo: The Bristol Cafe & Catering
- Cover Photo: Downtown Statesville
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