History & Culture

We are Statesville, North Carolina and we are proud of our 250 year history that surrounds us. From Fort Dobbs to Mitchell Community College, from Allison Woods to the Fourth Creek Burying Grounds, our stories of yesteryear can still be lived today.

Iredell Museums

Come meet the only Egyptian mummy in North Carolina! Located in Historic Downtown Statesville, Iredell Museums on Court Street will showcase the highlight of their collection, a 3000 year old Egyptian mummy. Families can explore the culture and history of the 22nd Dynasty, uncover the mystery of mummification in the hands-on CSI Lab, and meet Kasra the Dromedary Camel in “The Mummy Treasure of Al Faiyum.”

The Museum of Mountain Bike Art & Technology (MOMBAT)

This is a unique opportunity to trace the history of mountain biking with over 250 vintage mountain bikes to admire in one location.

Statesville Historical Collection

An eclectic display of photography and memorabilia related to the history of Statesville and Iredell County. The current exhibit focuses on the evolution of the Downtown Business District from the 1890s through the 1960s.

Civil War Marker

This marker is part of the North Carolina Civil War Trails series. It is near the Old County Courthouse located at 207 S. Center Street and references Statesville in the Civil War and Stoneman’s Raid.

Public Art

“Images at the Crossroads” Fresco

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. This fresco is a part of the Benjamin F. Long, IV Fresco Trail.

Statesville Sculpture Garden

The Sculpture Garden is a 3,600 square foot, enhanced greenspace located at the corner of Water and S. Center Streets in Downtown Statesville.  The garden features a permanent sculpture by Mike Roig, entitled “Oh Top of the Whirled”, an abstract, brushed stainless steel piece. Five other pieces in this revolving sculpture show will be in the Statesville Sculpture Garden for approximately one year. The sculptors featured are North Carolina residents — yet their works can be found across the entire country. All five pieces are “On Loan” and “For Sale.”

“Crossroads” Quilt Square Display

Statesville Community Appearance Commission’s downtown public art project consists of seven hand painted quilt square designs entitled “crossroads”. These are installed on the brick wall at the parking lot at the corner of Meeting and Front Street which is home to the Rotary Club Farmer’s Market (May-October). The Quilt Square display is also featured in the Iredell Quilt Trail.

Sculpture at the
Iredell Arts Council

On the corner of Court Street and Meeting Street is an 8-foot, 4-inch tall welded stainless steel sculpture called “Rotunda” created in 2013 by Timothy Savage Werrell of Durham.

Art at the Main Library

The Iredell County Public Library features several notable pieces of art including a Steve Cote Sculpture, Frans Van Bergen mural, a Selma Burke Bas Relief and an original oil painting by Don Moore depicting scenes from Iredell County.

Land & Legend of Iredell County Art Project

Land & Legend of Iredell County is a permanent exhibit, located at City Center Building on S. Center Street, featuring the art of local high school students. “Land and Legend” depicts forty-eight sites throughout Iredell County as researched and interpreted by the individual artist. Also featured is the art of Iredell County native Robert Gant Steele.

Walk of Fame

Statesville has been host to the filming (in part) of a number of movies in the past such as A Stoning of Fulgham County, Ryan White Story, The Feud, Bone Yard and Leatherheads. Markers commemorating many of these movies can be seen in the sidewalks throughout the downtown area.

Churches & Cemeteries

Churches

Downtown Statesville is blessed with beautiful, historic churches all within walking distance. Each church has distinctive architectural features but also historical significance in our community.

Fourth Creek Burying Ground

Statesville’s only cemetery between 1756-1888. Bounded by a rock wall which contains on the NE corner one of the four original corner posts of the city. This cemetery contains the graves of many Revolutionary War soldiers and ornate and interesting markers

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