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Towns & Cities in Iredell County

From historic Statesville to the racing capital of Mooresville to the horse-back riding community of Love Valley, the cities and towns of Iredell County offer the traveler a wide variety of experiences.

This page offers a brief description of the towns and cities of Iredell County, including links to other websites with further details about each community.




Located at the intersection of Routes 21 and 901, Harmony is a small historic town in the northeast corner of Iredell County. The town is named after the Harmony Hill Camp Meeting, a gathering of Methodist and Baptist members who populated the area during the mid-1800's.


Love Valley

Love Valley If you love horses and enjoy trail riding, this is the place for you! Love Valley, North Carolina is a horse and family oriented camping resort town, with many miles of trails to ride varying in difficulty from wide dirt roads to steep mountain hikes, and lots of fun things to do and see. There are many great activities and events scheduled each year, but we also cater to those of you who just want to "relax and ride".


There are several campgrounds to choose from ranging in amenities from 'primitive' to 'deluxe',and a rental stable for those who don't wish to bring their own horse. There are guide services available for those of you who are 'directionally challenged'. The town of Love Valley itself resembles the set of an old western movie, complete with a General Store, Saloon, Blacksmithy, and Tack Shops. Love Valley sponsors several rodeos throughout the year, and the Silver Spur has a band on Friday and Saturday nights for cowboys and cowgirls who like to 'kick up their heels' after a long day in the saddle. Check out our area maps for directions to "The Valley". So, saddle up and ride on in - we're waiting to welcome you!!

Love Valley Welcome Sign

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Mooresville Seal Mooresville, North Carolina is a thriving small town with big town progress. Mooresville is located about 30 miles north of Charlotte, near Lake Norman and in the heart of race country.


Mooresville is known as "Race City USA". Numerous race shops are located here, representing some of the hottest names on the NASCAR, Busch Grand National ARCA and Craftsman Truck Series circuits. Each year thousands of people flock to Mooresville to catch a glimpse of their favorite driver, enjoy a museum tour and pick up a souvenir at one of the numerous shops with a racing theme. Mooresville is strategicly located between tracks at Wilmington, Charlotte and Darlington. Visitors can see their favorite race teams preparing for their next big event through special viewing windows in a number of shops. Mooresville Water Tower


Due to many factors including moderate weather, the close proximity to Charlotte, easy access to the mountains and the beaches, and a diverse thriving industry base, Mooresville has grown from around 9,000 people to over 20,000 predicted in 2005.

Mooresville Related Websites


City Hall
City Hall

Statesville was founded in January 1789 by an act of the General Assembly just after North Carolina joined the United States. The Statesville area was originally known as the Fourth Creek Settlement, named after Fourth Creek and was established as a "site for the courthouse and stocks." The history of Statesville's name is vague, but it is believed to originally be named "the states vil." By 1790, the first courthouse, a log structure, was being built on a lot purchased from Fergus Sloan next to the Fourth Creek Presbyterian Meeting House, on an area that most of us have come to call "the square." The lots around the courthouse were soon sold at a public auction for other businesses, thus beginning downtown Statesville. The site picked for Statesville was in the midst of a settlement of Scotch Irish Presbyterians who had moved to the area, originally part of Rowan County, 30 to 40 years earlier. Some two miles north of Statesville was Fort Dobbs which was built to defend the forefront of civilization from 1756 to about 1764. It was considered to be the center of the district of the Revolutionary War. Statesville was incorporated as a city in 1847.


The first of many fires ravaged Statesville in 1855 destroying the majority of downtown's buildings. Most of our existing downtown was built around the turn of the century with the majority of building dating from 1860 to about 1930.

The first railroad reached Statesville in 1858, linking Salisbury to Asheville, and was known as the Western North Carolina Railroad. The Atlantic, Tennessee & Ohio Railroad (ATO) began serving the Statesville to Charlotte line shortly after the Western service began. There were originally two Depots for the two separate lines serving Statesville. Both were apparently burned down in the late 1800's during the Civil War and later rebuilt as a joint facility. On the morning of August 27, 1891, Statesville learned that a disaster had occurred when the Bostian Bridge on Buffalo Shoals Road became the site of a terrible derailment of a train. It was one of the worst tragedies to ever hit Statesville. There was great loss of lives in the wreck.
Civic Center
Civic Center

The Depot, as we know it, also had a companion freight structure which was removed in the 1970's. The building, which was started in the winter months, had much controversy over its heating system. The local delegation of officials felt the structure and Statesville deserved a better system than pot bellied stoves, yet when it opened the next spring that is exactly what it had - three chimneys allowing for three stoves. The railroad brought Statesville's greatest growth period from the 1860's to the 1930's. The railroad brought finished goods for sale by our mercantile businesses, raw goods to be processed by our industries into finished goods, carried finished goods to be sold in other cities, and carried raw goods to be finished into salable goods in other cities. It also allowed our citizens to be connected to other parts of the civilized world and allowed visitors to come and visit our fair city and stay in one of our six hotels in downtown (McElwee Hotel, Carolina Hotel, Gray Cafe & Hotel, Historic Vance Hotel, St. Charles Hotel, & the Bristol Hotel). Statesville was no longer the forefront of civilization but an important part of the new civilized United States.

The Depot Hill area was also the site of one of the most famous hangings in the history of the region, Tom Dula! The Kingston Trio's song "Ballad of Tom Dooley" made the hanging famous. It was the story of a love triangle and a trial for murder which resulted in Tom Dula's (real name) death. He was hanged just south of the former Depot location and is buried in Wilkes County.

Landmark Building
Landmark Building
Our industries around the turn of the century were based around three primary products: Herbs, Tobacco and Liquor. The Wallace Herbarium on Meeting Street was one of the largest in the world and shipped processed herbs all over the world. Liquor and tobacco money built many of our fine downtown buildings. In fact, the Key Memorial Chapel - now the law office of Mr. Albert Walser, was built by Mrs. Key in honor of her late husband, Philip Barton Key. Another local church refused the money because it was made in the liquor industry.


Statesville has a rich architectural heritage. We currently have five National Register of Historic Place Districts including four residential districts: Broad Street/Davie Avenue, Mitchell College, Academy Hill, Race Street and the Downtown Statesville Commercial District.

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Troutman Welcome Sign

Troutman, North Carolina is a quaint town of just under 2,000 people located in the Piedmont of North Carolina, in the southern end of Iredell County. Troutman is approximately five miles south of the City of Statesville, the Iredell County seat, and thirty miles north of Charlotte. Because of its close proximity to large urban areas, residents of Troutman are able to enjoy small town living, and still take advantage of nearby Charlotte, which features the NFL Carolina Panthers, an NBA expansion team, NASCAR racing, and many cultural events.


Lake Norman, North Carolina's largest inland lake, offers abundant water recreation opportunities only minutes from town. Troutman is less than two miles from the Lake Norman State Park, in the northeast corner of the lake. Lake Norman State Park


Troutman is the home of the annual National Balloon Rally, held at the Iredell County Fairgrounds, which brings colorful hot-air balloons from across the country.

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Union Grove

Union Grove Welcome Sign Union Grove, North Carolina is a small rural community located in the northern part of Iredell County, approximately 20 miles north of Statesville. Union Grove is host to the Fiddler's Grove, the oldest continuous "Ole Time Fiddlers Contest" in North America.

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