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Patterson & Happy Valley, North Carolina

Patterson & Happy Valley, North Carolina Homes for Sale and Community Information

Patterson, North Carolina

Patterson, North Carolina is a relatively rural, unincorporated community located six-miles north-northwest of Lenoir, the county seat. This Caldwell County town is located in western North Carolina, in close proximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Nearby Lenoir was a center of the furniture industry for decades. In 2007, Google closed a deal with local and state government to build a major data center in the nearby town of Lenoir. Patterson is charming community beautifully nestled in Happy Valley among the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

Happy Valley, North Carolina

Happy Valley, North Carolina is a rural community just south of Blowing Rock. The area is known for its "century farms," properties that have been in the same family for over a century. Today, certain Happy Valley farms have found new life in enterprises as diverse as a goat dairy, an organic cattle farm and a sturgeon roe farm. 


Patterson is situated in a county named after Joseph Caldwell, the first president of the University of North Carolina. The Catawba and Cherokee tribes originally lived in the valley. The region was an important hunting ground for the Cherokee people long before those of European descent came to Happy Valley.

The area was settled by those of European heritage in the mid-1700s. In 1788, a Revolutionary War hero, Gen. William Lenoir, came to the area and settled along the banks of the Yadkin River. He named his residence "Fort Defiance," and the name has remained to this day. Fort Defiance was situated on the Yadkin River. This was not a military outpost per se, but rather a placs of refuge in the event of attack.

In the 19th century, lumbermen arrived to harvest the virginal timber that would be used to build rail lines and growing cities to the east. 

Attractions. and Activities 

Those that buy Happy Valley NC real estate will live amidst scenery that has been appreciated for centuries. The North Carolina Scenic Byway offers 28-miles of scenic views of historic farms framed by the Appalachian Mountains.

One attraction which you will be sure to enjoy is the Overmountain Victory Trail. The trail retraces the route of patriot militia as they tracked down the British during the Revolutionary War. The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail passes through multiple states including North Carolina. Several miles of the Overmountain Victory Motor Route are located in Caldwell County.

Each year the Overmountain Victory Trail Association conducts a two-week long commemorative march along the route to trace the campaign. Highlights of the event include some special events and offer opportunities to walk portions of the historic route.

Residents enjoy impromptu music and sing-alongs at Todd's Country Store. Here you can find storytelling as well as food. Located on Buffalo Cove Road off of Highway 268. The store has many of its original furnishings in tact. Historically the store served as the Buffalo Cove, North Carolina post office from 1927 until the 1940s. The store also serves as a repositories of local history and lore. Photographs of local families are displayed alongside dozens of old fashioned bottles, antique collectibles and books from the 1920's.


Happy Valley's Old-Time Fiddler's Convention has been held every Labor Day weekend for almost a decade. The gathering occurs at the Jones Farm, along the Yadkin River, northeast of Lenoir. Next to the site is the final resting place of Laura Foster, memorialized in the song "Tom Dooley." Descendants of Laura Foster attend the convention every year.

The farm also hosts Plow Day every May. The event features mule-drawn plows and other historic re-created agricultural experiences. The farm is home to a century-old barn. Music, dance and storytelling continue a rich Happy Valley tradition begun long ago.

Residents that own Patterson / Happy Valley real estate can attend the numerous interesting events staged at the historic Fort Defiance. In October, Living History Days features volunteers in period attire educating attendees about life in the late 1700s. Fort Defiance was originally constructed as a heavily fortified "safe house" for early settlers that occasionally sought refuge from attack.

The real estate in Patterson / Happy Valley area includes some luxurious country estates on acreage. We can show a potential Patterson / Happy Valley area home buyer properties cut into hillsides and nestled into wooded hollows. All real estate in Patterson puts residents in close proximity to a wealth of sightseeing and recreational opportunities in the mountains.

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