Spring and summer bring more than just warm sunny days to Lenoir. There is a different community event every weekend from April through October with something for everyone. One of the biggest events is the Annual Blackberry Festival. This two-day event draws thousands of people for live music, recipe contests, and The Cobbler Project: The World's Largest Patchwork of Blackberry Cobbler. The Sculpture Celebration is an art lover’s dream with hundreds of abstract and traditional sculptures to admire and purchase. Movie lovers can settle into a lawn chair with some popcorn for Fabulous Family Films nights with movies shown on an outdoor, two-story screen.
Step Back in Time
Lenoir residents can visit a living part of history that is truly humbling and amazing at Happy Valley. This picturesque mountain valley has historic farms, winding roads, and a sense of going back in time that lingers long after you leave. While driving through this bygone slice of country life, stop and visit Fort Defiance. The Fort, replaced in 1792 by the home of General William Lenoir, was set up to protect settlers from Native American attacks. The house is part of the National Register of Historic Places and contains hundreds of items from the original home.
Fresh from the Kitche
As you might expect in the South, food and service come with a warm smile and generous helpings. Smokin Hogs BBQ has all the flavor you could ask for in pulled pork or barbecue beef. Make sure you get some of the unbelievably good baked beans and fried apples to go along with it. Sit down to rustic wooden tables and zesty pasta at Piccolo’s Italian Restaurant. Pizzas here cook using a wood fire to hot, crispy perfection. Los Izotes Mexican Restaurant is a favorite among the locals. The food is deliciously authentic, and the menu has some exotic items, such as fried yuca.