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Whippoorwill Academy and Village

There is a lot to see at Whippoorwill Academy and Village in Wilkesboro, NC, providing visitors with a better understanding of 19th century history.

By Kevin Litwin on May 9, 2015

Whippoorwill Academy and Village in Wilkesboro, NC
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There is a lot to see at Whippoorwill Academy and Village, all adding up to provide visitors to the site a better understanding of 19th century history.

The interesting attraction in Ferguson is owned and operated by Edith Ferguson Carter, a history devotee who started the village by purchasing and then moving a number of abandoned historical buildings to her family farm many years ago. Even though its several old buildings make it a current-day attraction, Whippoorwill still remains a working family farm with cattle, three llamas and two farm dogs. The peaceful, scenic setting also has made it a popular site for weddings, with many couples holding their nuptials in the Chapel of Peace.

There is no admission fee to the village, and visitors take a self-guided walking tour through this small community of yesteryear. Among the numerous sites are a one-room schoolhouse, a replica of Daniel Boone’s cabin, the Tom Dooley Museum and the Smokehouse Art Gallery.

There is also a blacksmith shop, country store and a building that once housed the Yadkin River Jail. Other interesting attractions include a country tavern and an 1800s weaving room.

The village is open every Saturday and Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. as well as during the week by appointment. It is closed during the cold weather months of January through March. The community of Ferguson is located along N.C. Highway 268 between Wilkesboro and Lenoir.

Whippoorwill Academy and Village also celebrates an annual Daniel Boone Day each May for families to enjoy music, arts and crafts, food, hayrides, cloggers and tours. In December, a Christmas open house is held with several activities scheduled including an appearance by Santa Claus.

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