Introduction to Lenoir, North Carolina
Lenoir, North Carolina, in Caldwell county, is 49 miles NW of Gastonia, North Carolina and 61 miles NW of Charlotte, North Carolina. The city is included in the Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 16,793 people lived in Lenoir.
The original settlement that occupied the land Lenoir sits on today was known as "Tucker's Barn". It was named after the Tucker family, early settlers in the area. The Tucker family's home became a gathering place for various occasions. Lenoir was officially established in 1791 as the county seat of Caldwell County. It was named after William Lenoir, a general in the American Revolutionary War and a participant in the Battle of King’s Mountain.
Lenoir and nearby Attractions
- Caldwell Heritage Museum
- Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
- Hickory Museum of Art
- Catawba Science Center
- South Mountains State Park
Things To Do In Lenoir
The Caldwell Heritage Museum, the Catawba Science Center and the Hickory Museum of Art are all accessible from Lenoir. The Mast General Store has been in operation since the 1880s. At the Lake James State Park, visitors can indulge in activities like swimming, boating, fishing, camping and picnicking. Tweetsie Railroad, a theme park, is another popular destination close to Lenoir. Located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the city also offers easy access to Hibriten Mountain and the Brushy Mountains. In addition, residents of Lenoir organize the Caldwell County Fair and the Blackberry Festival every year.
The closest major airport is Charlotte/Douglas International.
Lenoir Higher Education
The city of Lenoir is home to the Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. The Catawba Valley Community College, Lees-McRae College and Wilkes Community College are nearby as well.