Friday, March 22, 2024

The Ultimate Guide to Celebrating Anniversaries in the Heart of NC | 2024

Celebrate good times, c'mon......learn more about the attractions and places in the Heart of North Carolina that are celebrating significant milestones in 2024. Plan your visit today!

Victory Junction Camp recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Founded in 2004 by NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and his wife Pattie in memory of their son Adam, who passed away in a racing accident, Victory Junction has provided a safe and fun-filled summer camp experience for children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. Over the past two decades, the camp has served thousands of children and families, providing them with unforgettable experiences and memories. The 20th anniversary was celebrated with special events, including a virtual campfire, a talent show, and a tribute to Adam Petty. The camp's mission of providing a safe and empowering environment for children with medical challenges remains as strong as ever, and they look forward to continuing to serve the needs of these children for many years to come.

The North Carolina Zoo is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The zoo, located in Asheboro, opened its doors on August 13, 1976, and has since become one of the largest natural habitat zoos in the world. The North Carolina Zoo is home to over 1,800 animals and 52,000 plants and features two main areas: Africa and North America. Visitors can see animals up close, including elephants, gorillas, lions, polar bears, and red wolves. The zoo also offers a variety of educational programs and events throughout the year, making it a popular destination for families and animal lovers.

Kersey Valley Spookywoods, a popular Halloween attraction in Archdale, North Carolina, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Since its founding in 1981, Kersey Valley Spookywoods has become one of the largest and most popular haunted attractions in the Southeastern United States. The attraction features a variety of spooky and thrilling experiences, including haunted trails, escape rooms, and a haunted house. Visitors can enjoy various Halloween-themed activities like pumpkin painting and zombie-themed laser tag. With its unique blend of scares and family-friendly fun, Kersey Valley Spookywoods has become a beloved Halloween tradition for many people in North Carolina and beyond.

Millstone Creek Orchards, located in Ramseur, North Carolina, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The orchard, founded in 2001, is a family-owned and operated business that specializes in growing and selling various fruits, including apples, peaches, and berries. In addition to its fruit orchards, Millstone Creek also offers a variety of family-friendly activities throughout the year, including hayrides, corn mazes, and pumpkin patches. Visitors can also enjoy live music and delicious food at the orchard's annual Apple Festival, which takes place every fall. Millstone Creek has become a popular destination for families and fruit lovers with its beautiful setting and fun activities.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of a significant event in the history of Trinity, North Carolina. In 1924, Trinity College, located in the city, moved to Durham and was renamed Duke University. Trinity College was founded in 1838 and has been an essential part of the community for over 80 years. However, by the early 20th century, the college had outgrown its original campus and needed a larger, more modern facility. In 1924, the college moved to Durham, merging with the Women's College to become Duke University. Today, Duke University is one of the most prestigious universities in the country, with a reputation for excellence in research, academics, and athletics. While Trinity College is no longer located in the city, its legacy lives on in the community, which takes great pride in its history and its connection to one of the most respected universities in the world.

Zooland Family Campground, located in Asheboro, North Carolina, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The campground, which opened its doors in 1971, has become a beloved destination for families looking to enjoy the great outdoors and escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Zooland Family Campground offers a variety of campsites, cabins, RV hookups, and a range of amenities, including a swimming pool, playgrounds, and a fishing pond. The campground is also located near a number of popular attractions, including the North Carolina Zoo and the Uwharrie National Forest. Over the past 50 years, Zooland Family Campground has become a cherished part of the community, providing countless families with memories that will last a lifetime.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Franklinville Library, located in Franklinville, North Carolina. The library opened its doors in 1921 and has been an integral part of the community ever since. Since its founding, the Franklinville Library has been dedicated to promoting literacy and providing access to information and resources for people of all ages. The library offers many services, including book lending, computer access, and educational programs for children and adults. It also serves as a community gathering place, hosting various events throughout the year, including book clubs, author readings, and children's story times. Over the past 100 years, the Franklinville Library has played an essential role in the lives of many people in the community, and it continues to be a vital resource for learning and enrichment.

The Petty family has been a significant force in racing for over 75 years. The family's racing legacy began with Lee Petty, who won the first Daytona 500 in 1959 and became one of the sport's most successful drivers. Lee's son, Richard Petty, followed in his father's footsteps and became one of the most iconic figures in NASCAR history. Richard, known as "The King" of NASCAR, won a record-setting 200 races throughout his career. The Petty family's success in racing has continued into the present day, with several members of the family involved in the sport as drivers, team owners, and crew members. In addition to their success on the track, the Petty family has also been known for their charitable work, including establishing the Victory Junction camp for children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. The Petty family's contributions to racing and the community have made them a beloved and respected part of North Carolina's cultural heritage.

The Tea with Seagrove Potters event is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The event, which takes place in Seagrove, North Carolina, brings together some of the best potters in the region for a weekend of tea, food, and art. Visitors to the event can enjoy a variety of teas, sandwiches, and desserts, all served on handmade pottery created by the participating potters. In addition to the food and drink, visitors can also browse and purchase pottery from the participating artists known for their unique and beautiful creations. The Tea with Seagrove Potters event has become a beloved tradition in the community, attracting visitors from across the state and beyond. Over the past ten years, the event has grown in popularity and has become an essential showcase for the region's rich tradition of pottery-making.

The 25th Annual Boot Barn Jerome Davis PBR Invitational is set to take place this year in Archdale, North Carolina. The event, named after former professional bull rider Jerome Davis, is one of the most popular events on the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) circuit. The invitational brings together some of the best bull riders in the world to compete for cash prizes and bragging rights. In addition to the bull riding competition, the event also features live music, food vendors, and a variety of family-friendly activities. Over the past 25 years, the Boot Barn Jerome Davis PBR Invitational has become a beloved tradition for many people in North Carolina and beyond, and it continues to draw large crowds of spectators and competitors alike.

Linbrook Heritage Estate, located in Trinity, North Carolina, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The estate is a beautiful event venue offering a unique blend of history and luxury. The estate is a popular destination for corporate events, theater productions, and film projects. It has hosted countless memorable events over the past two decades. In addition to its event services, Linbrook Heritage Estate also offers guided tours of the mansion and grounds, giving visitors a chance to learn more about the history and legacy of this beautiful property. Linbrook Heritage Estate is a true gem of North Carolina with its timeless elegance and rich history.


Daly Seven Properties has been in the hospitality industry for over 40 years. Its two hotels serve the Archdale/High Point communities. Daly Seven Properties has a reputation for providing exceptional guest experiences across its various hotel properties.

Holly Ridge Golf Links has been a popular destination for golf enthusiasts for over 30 years. It offers a challenging yet enjoyable round of golf surrounded by scenic views of the North Carolina countryside. The Bunker Lounge inside the clubhouse allows golfers to bring their game indoors with six virtual bays of play.

All this fun is closer than you could imagine. When can we expect you? Visit  the Heart of NC Website for places to stay and special military discount offers! 

Order a FREE Travel Guide and check out the listing of annual events on our Event CalendarWe look forward to following along on your visit. Tag us at #theHeartofNC.   

Friday, December 8, 2023

50 Fabulous Finds in the Heart of NC

50 Fabulous Finds in the Heart of NC

Take a dive into all the wonderful things that are constantly happening in the Heart of NC. While there are so many more, here is a list of 50 fabulous finds in the Heart of NC! 


Kersey Valley Attractions - Kersey Valley

Enjoy fun for all ages year round at Kersey Valley Attractions. Perfect for group outings, team building events, parties, and field trip. Have a day of adventure with Laser Tag, Zip Line Rides, Axe, Throwing, Escape Rooms, and Bomb Bowling.

Shop at Bonnie Place 

Find unique gift items, home decor, and clothing at the shops at The Shoppes at Bonnie Place.


Creekside Park - Creekside Park

Family fun starts here at eh inclusive kids' playground and at Barkdale - Creekside Park's dog park. Walk or run in a weekly international 5k called parkrun. Make sure to trek along three miles of scenic walking trails as you spend a full day at Creekside park. 

Holly Ridge Golf Links - Holly Ridge

Whether you’re looking for an amazing well-kept course, or just some indoor fun with the family, Holly Ridge Golf Links has it all. This newly renovated championship golf course offers a challenge to all golfers. If you’re looking to play indoors, check out “The Bunker Lounge” inside the clubhouse filled with six amazing simulators.

Davis Ranch - Davis Ranch

Take the bull by the horns, or at least watch it, at Davis Ranch during a summertime PBR Invitational. Come check out one of the most exciting live-action.


Uwharrie Birkhead Wilderness Area - Uwharrie National Forest

Access 5,160 acres of the ancient Uwharrie National Forest in the Birkhead Mountains Wilderness Area. The Piedmont's only federally-designated wilderness area, the Birkhead Mountains features designated hiking trails where evidence of early Indians and settlers can often be found.

North Carolina Aviation Museum & Hall of Fame - Aviation Museum

Calling all aircraft lovers! Dive into aviation history. See stunning military artifacts and memorabilia from WWI to the present including an impressive collection of military vehicles, weapons, equipment, uniforms, and a flight simulator as well as a Piper J-3 "Flitfire" flown by Orville Wright. Also, check out President Truman's limousine restored to operable condition. 

North Carolina Zoo Adventures - ZooFari

The North Carolina Zoo offers one of the most unique and amazing adventures to take in the ZooFari. Journey through the 40-acre Watani Grasslands and learn about nine species and close to 100 animals, including rhinoceroses, gazelles, greater kudus and many exotic antelope

Downtown Asheboro - Downtown Asheboro

Downtown Asheboro offers varying cuisines of local dining, boutiques and local shops, zoo-themed crosswalks, and murals. Explore downtown Asheboro, a wonderful adventure for everyone.

Asheboro Municipal Golf Course - Asheboro Municipal Golf

Just minutes from downtown Asheboro, this popular public nine-hole course designed by the famed Donald Ross in 1935. It is located on 56 acres featuring beautiful tree-lined greenways.

Hoover Hatchet House - Hoover Hatchet

Another downtown Asheboro find is Hoover Hatchet House offers eight axe throwing lanes and an escape room. A fun experience for team and group building.


Deep River State Trail - Deep River State Trail

The historic trail offers scenic views along the Deep River in Franklinville and Ramseur. Hike, bike, walk, run, or bring the pups out for this amazing walk and feel closer to nature than ever before.

Millstone Creek Orchards - Millstone Creek

This working orchard on the outskirts of Randolph County offers everything you could imagine for your day outside. From farm tours, pond fishing, seasonal apple and pumpkin picking, and don't forget the apple cider slushies.

Ramseur Lake - Ramseur Lake

Make it a full day in and around Ramseur Lake. This 127-acre reservoir and nine-acre park include boat launches, Jon boat rentals and bait shops for fishing, picnic shelters with tables and grills, a playground, and public restrooms.

Antiquing in Downtown Ramseur

Antiquing in Downtown Ramseur is a hidden gem in the Heart of NC. From Magnolia‘s On Main to Blue Horseshoe Antiques and Collectibles, find your one-of-a-kind item in these unique shops.


Liberty Antiques Festival 

This biannual festival draws antique enthusiasts from across the nation to buy and sell all kinds of antiques. Find furniture, paintings, glassware, toys, pottery and more. The Liberty Antiques Festival is something truly amazing to experience.

Hurricane Jane’s Restaurant - Hurricane Jane's

Nestled in Liberty is Hurricane Jane’s offering American cuisine and daily specials that are sure to hit the spot. Stop in before your evening at the Liberty Showcase Theater.

The Liberty Showcase Theater - Liberty Showcase

The Liberty Showcase Theater in the heart of downtown Liberty hosts shows of some of your favorite artists. From Nashville recording artists to bluegrass performers, the Liberty Showcase Theater delivers every time.

Whitaker Farms

Open year round, Whitaker Farms in nearby Climax offers a memorable experience for all ages. From strawberry picking in late spring, pumpkin picking in the fall, and visits with Santa in the winter, Whitaker Farms is a place that you can't miss in the Heart of NC.  


Victory Junction Camp - Victory Junction

Centered on 84 acres of land in Randleman, Victory Junction serves as a medically safe, yet exhilarating camp, that challenges children who have medical conditions to try things they never imagined possible. From bowling, fishing, archery, swimming, or even zip-lining Victory Junction truly is one of the most unique and wonderful places.

Downtown Randleman Commerce Square Park - Commerce Square

The gem of downtown Randleman, Commerce Square, is home to multiple annual events including concerts, the NC Food Truck Championship, and NASCAR Day. Check out the beautiful mural by hometown artist Susan Harrell featuring the Deep River. 

Petty Museum - Petty Museum & Petty's Garage - Petty's Garage

Learn all about the first family of racing and the history of NASCAR itself at the Petty Museum. With humble beginnings in 1949, Petty's garage today is a second-generation performance shop specializing in parts, restorations, and custom builds. Visit both locations to see where the Petty family first fell in love with speed and became racing loyalty.

Randleman Lake - Randleman Lake

Find a full day of family fun with boating and fishing on a 3,000 acre lake with 100 miles of shoreline at Randleman Lake.


Seagrove Pottery

The Town of Seagrove is “The Handmade Pottery Capital of the United States.” With over 100 individual working potters in town, you are invited to explore at your own pace from one pottery shop to the next. See potters make their famous handmade traditional pottery that has been created here for generations.

Seagrove Orchids - Seagrove Orchids

One of the more unique places in the Heart of NC is Seagrove Orchids. Explore this working orchid nursery offering countless varieties of plants catered to both novice and experienced orchid growers.  

I-73/74 Visitor Centers - Visitor Centers

If your journey to the Heart of NC is just beginning or coming to a close stop in and say hello at the I-73/74 Visitor Centers. Greet our friendly staff knowledgeable on all things Randolph County. Also, check out the amazing views from the green roof manicured by Master Gardeners.

Carolina Bronze Sculpture Garden & Foundry - Carolina Bronze

Established in 1990, the Carolina Bronze Sculpture Garden & Foundry serves as a premier bronze foundry serving clients throughout the world. Walk the half-mile trail loops around the pond with over 26 large sculptures on display along with plants and trees that are native to the NC landscape.

North Carolina Pottery Center - NC Pottery Center

The North Carolina Pottery Center serves as the pottery history hub in Seagrove. Open since 1998, as a dynamic and engaging place where people of all backgrounds, ages, and interests discover the beauty and the stories behind North Carolina’s world-class clay culture.

The General Wine & Brew - General Wine and Brew

In their words, The General Wine and Brew is the perfect place to “uncork and unwind.” While visiting Seagrove, enjoy a glass of wine or your favorite beer on their outdoor deck following a day of pottery shopping.


Trinity Museum - Trinity Museum/Winslow House

This 1855 house was the home of Dr. Thomas Winslow. It is one of the few structures that remain in the Old Trinity College that later moved to Durham to become Duke University. This historic home has been preserved for its entire existence and can now be toured by appointment. 

Zimmerman Vineyards - Zimmerman Vineyards

Nestled on 140 acres in the foothills of Mt. Sheppard, Zimmerman Vineyards offers some of the best local wines in the state. Sit on the stone terrace and relax as you listen to amazing local live music. 

Linbrook Heritage Estate - Linbrook Heritage Estate


The Linbrook Heritage Estate offers a trip back in time as you explore one of the largest privately owned homes in the country. Enjoy Linbrook Hall's breathtaking Christmas tours, visit the Neal Agricultural and Industrial Museum for a full day of family fun.


Powerful Photo Spots:

Big Chair at Millstone Creek Orchard - Millstone Creek

After an adventurous day at Millstone Creek Orchard, the Big Chair offers one great last family photo spot. See how many people can fit in the chair at once, or try to imagine yourself as a giant sitting in that chair!

Faith Rock along the Deep River State Trail - Faith Rock

Located in Franklinville, sitting on the banks of the Deep River, Faith Rock offers the perfect spot for a photo. Take in the views of this historic site where legends of a revolutionary war tale are told upon this rock.

Richard Petty Tribute Park


Located in Randleman, home of the “King of NASCAR”, the Richard Petty Tribute Park honors Richard and Lynda Petty with a statue for their service to the community and philanthropy through the Petty Family Foundation. Created by Carolina Bronze Sculpture in Seagrove, you can now take a picture with racing royalty whenever you visit.

Train mural in Downtown Asheboro

After your amazing day exploring and shopping in Downtown Asheboro, stop for one last photo at the train mural. Located on Sunset Avenue, this beautiful mural with a working headlight, offers a truly perfect photo spot.

Elephant statues/sculpture at North Carolina Zoo Entrance - Zoo Art

While it may not be your initial thought when going, the North Carolina Zoo offers amazing photo opportunities with its awe-inspiring artwork throughout the park. Whether it be the elephant statues at the entrance, or the over 30 art animal displays throughout the park, the NC Zoo is a one-of-a-kind hidden gem. 

Daily Dining Options:

Bold Coffee Co. - Bold Coffee Co.

Located in the heart of Downtown Asheboro, Bold Coffee Co. offers the perfect morning pick-me-up to get your day going. Whether you’re looking for a quick cup and go or to sit down and enjoy the brew, Bold Coffee has got you covered.

Brewskies - Brewskies

Breakfast at Brewskies is the perfect way to kick off your morning in Downtown Asheboro. This local spot offers coffee, pastries, and bakery items. 

The Table - The Table

Credit: Manor House Creative

Known for its farm-to-table style, The Table in downtown Asheboro serves as the perfect farmhouse bakery, coffee shop, and gift market. Don’t miss out on specialty coffees and teas alongside delightful pastries and house made granola.

Franklinville Diner - Franklinville Diner

Lunch at the Franklinville Diner is a must-do while visiting the Heart of NC. Known for its local taste, the pimento cheeseburger, is a delicious favorite that you’re sure to love. And for dessert, the grilled pound cake for a real treat.

Asheboro Popcorn Co. in Seagrove - Asheboro Popcorn Co

Asheboro popcorn is the perfect place to grab your favorite popcorn blend or a scoop of ice cream. Try the Heart of NC Blend - a combination of white cheddar and kettle corn, for a tasteful sweet and salty snack.


Magnolia 23 - Magnolia 23

Voted one of "America‘s 75 Best Fried Chicken Spots" by, Magnolia 23, offers some of the best Southern Cuisine around. Centrally located in Downtown Asheboro, this local fan favorite is one of the best pit stops while exploring. 

Zoo City Social District - Social District

When visiting the Heart of NC on Thursday through Saturday, check out the Zoo City Social District. Enjoy shopping and strolling through historic Downtown Asheboro with an adult beverage from one of the participating businesses which include a brewery, tap house, whiskey bar, wine bar, and several restaurants.


Sports, Events, and History:

Caraway Speedway - Caraway Speedway

The Caraway Speedway located just north of Asheboro is home to a .455 mile track that hosts a variety of weekly series including the Whelen Southern Modified Series events, as well as other touring series.

Asheboro ZooKeepers - ZooKeepers

Summer nights are better at the ballpark! The Asheboro ZooKeepers, a collegiate wooden bat team, play during the summer at the newly renovated, Historic McCrary Park. Catch a game under the lights and enjoy a night out at the ballgame.

Pottery Festival Weekend

The historic annual weekend in Seagrove offers not one but two pottery festivals at the same time. Shop as local potters display, show, and sell their amazing works of art. This special weekend takes place the weekend before Thanksgiving every year.

RhinoLeap Productions - RhinoLeap Productions

Formed in 2015, RhinoLeap Productions has served as a local area staple in live theater productions. The company has performed in local venues including the Sunset Theatre, Four Saints Brewing Company, Linbrook Heritage Estate, and businesses throughout the Heart of NC.

Getaway Cabins | Yogibear's Jellystone Park™ Campground

Escape everyday life and get back to nature at either the Getaway Cabins or Yogibear's Jellystone Parkcampgrounds. These two amazing locations offer the perfect chance to disconnect from everyday busy life and slow down to enjoy time with friends, family, and loved ones.

Genealogy Room - Genealogy Room

For those history buffs searching to learn all about the history of the Heart of NC, the Genealogy Room inside the Randolph County Public Library is your ideal spot. Dive into the treasure trove of one-of-a-kind history like no other. 

All this fun is closer than you could imagine. When can we expect you? Visit  the Heart of NC Website for places to stay and special military discount offers! 

Order a FREE Travel Guide and check out the listing of annual events on our Event CalendarWe look forward to following along on your visit. Tag us at #theHeartofNC.    

The Ultimate Guide to Celebrating Anniversaries in the Heart of NC | 2024

Celebrate good times, c'mon......learn more about the attractions and places in the Heart of North Carolina that are celebrating signifi...