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                                                                                  catch a performance by the Wilkes
                                                                                  Playmakers at historic Benton Hall, fish
                                                                                  along Reddies River right in downtown or
                                                                                  enjoy miles of trail on the Yadkin
                                                                                  River Greenway.
                                                                                  Incorporated in 1847, Wilkesboro has served
                                                                                  as the county seat since 1778, when the new
                                                                                  county of Wilkes was formed.

       About                                                                      On the south side of the Yadkin River and
                                                                                  settled more 200 years ago, Wilkesboro
                                                                                  maintains it original layout, with a court-
                                                                                  house square, Main Street and a downtown
         the Area                                                                 section bordered by North, South, East and
                                                                                  West streets, and with Bridge Street leading
                                                                                  to the main highway into town.

                                                                                  Wilkesboro offers laid-back living and plenty
                                                                                  of opportunities for outdoor recreation such
                                                                                  as mountain biking, birding and kayaking.
         More Than a Mountain Gateway                                             The city hosts several festivals, including
        W      ilkes County is a land with deep   charming hometowns and warm, friendly   MerleFest, which celebrates Americana
                                                                                  music and is held on the Wilkes Community
               roots and a strong legacy of
         hardworking, entrepreneurial people.   neighbors – and that’s just what they find in   College campus.
                                             Wilkes County.
         Whether you live in one of our communities                               Ronda
         or are just visiting, you will experience a   North Wilkesboro           Northwest of Wilkesboro and North
         thriving and growing community committed   Founded to reap the benefits of the railroad   Wilkesboro, along the Yadkin River, sits
         to maintaining high environmental   and provide a commercial center on the   the town of Ronda, which is a short drive
         standards and preserving its pristine beauty.   north side of the Yadkin River, the Town of   to Stone Mountain State Park and multiple
                                             North Wilkesboro officially formed in 1891.   vineyards and wineries.
         Wilkes County
         Established in 1777, Wilkes County is a   The entrepreneurial roots of the town   Local legend says Ronda was named for the
         cornerstone of northwest North Carolina   have run through its history and live on   local estate “Roundabout,” the residence of
         and gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains.   today, from the beginnings of NASCAR   Benjamin Cleveland, a colonel in the North
         Spread across the eastern foothills of the   on the North Wilkesboro Speedway, to   Carolina militia during the Revolutionary
         famous range, Wilkes is the 13th largest   the founding of Lowe’s, to the many small   War. Although a small town, Ronda is
         county in the state at over 757 square-miles.  businesses in the revitalized downtown area.   considered one of the state’s hidden gems
                                                                                  due to access to outdoor activities, vineyard
         Wilkes County is home to a diverse slate of   Arts and outdoors are two other hallmarks   festivals and exceptional hospitality.
         industries, including Fortune 500 mainstays   of North Wilkesboro, each of which are
         Tyson Foods and Lowe’s Companies,   inspired by the surrounding environment.   Moravian Falls
         manufacturers of textiles, furniture, and   Browse local works in Wilkes Art Gallery,   Just south of Wilkesboro, unincorporated
         construction materials and agritourism,                                  Moravian Falls derives its name from its 35-
         among many others. Wilkes is easily                                      foot waterfall and the Moravian Church that
         accessible to major interstates leading to   YADKIN RIVER GREENWAY       purchased property here in 1753. Moravian
         other notable areas in North Carolina,                                   Falls is a popular residential area for families.
         including Charlotte, Greensboro and                                      Wilkes Central High School and Central
         Winston-Salem, and on to the                                             Wilkes Middle School are in Moravian Falls.
         global marketplace.
                                                                                     Other Unincorporated Communities
         Wilkes is a hub for culture, arts,
         entertainment, festivals and countless                                      • Boomer       • Hays
         outdoor pursuits. Parents and students                                      • Brushy Mountain • McGrady
         experience a high-quality educational system                                • Clingman     • Roaring River
         where the next generation is developed to
         meet the demands of today’s world.                                          • Cricket      • Traphill
                                                                                     • Fairplains   • Windy Gap
         People move here for a variety of reasons,                                  • Ferguson
         but mostly because it is an excellent place to
         live, do business and raise a family. Many
         are seeking a hospitable place that blends
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