In downtown Morganton you can take a jaunt on the Fresco Trail or meet artisans of pottery, fiber art and sculpture during monthly art gallery crawls. Visit a history museum, tour grand historic homes and plantations or take in a performance at the City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium (CoMMA). You might even catch a reenactment of the Revolutionary War. And there’s even more arts and culture for seniors in Morganton, NC, to enjoy.

Museums and History

With roots that date back to the 1700s, Morganton takes its history very seriously. Learn about our region and Burke County at one of our area museums.

History Museum of Burke County
Morganton Railroad & Depot Museum
McDowell House at Quaker Meadows
Senator Sam J. Ervin Jr. Library and Museum
Waldensian Heritage Museum
Hickory Aviation Museum
Hickory Museum of Art

Fine Art

Fine art and Appalachian folk art have become synonymous with our region. The famed Fresco Trail makes its way through Morganton with a Benjamin Long fresco painting on the ceiling of CoMMA. Burke County showcases art at a number of local galleries including:

City of Morganton: City Hall lobby
CoMMA lobby exhibits
Hamilton Williams Gallery
Burke Arts Council
Old Rock School
Signature Artists Studio Xi
Valdese Heritage Art Center

Performance Art

Enjoy weekly outdoor summer concerts in downtown Morganton, just minutes away. The City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium also welcomes symphony, comedic and theatrical performances throughout the year.

Events & Festivals

Morganton, NC, also has many events and festivals, including the Historic Morganton Festival; annual Arts on the Square; seasonal open-air farmers markets, holiday parades.


Grace Ridge is just minutes away from all the entertainment options downtown Morgantown has to offer.

Grace Ridge is just minutes away from all the entertainment options downtown Morgantown has to offer.

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