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Valdese Elementary School


Valdese Elementary School 1 Valdese NC

Valdese Elementary School, also known as Rock School, is a historic school building located at Valdese, Burke County, North Carolina.

It was built in 1922-1923, and is a two-story, fieldstone four square building with a hipped roof. It features a T-shaped clerestory above the auditorium space. It was constructed largely by Waldensian settlers from Northern Italy. Valdese Elementary is a public school located in Valdese, NC. It's one of 16 elementary schools in the Burke County Schools.

Old Rock School is now home to several community organizations and events, including Bluegrass concerts, the Old Colony Players, the Rock School Art Galleries, Old Rock School Railway Museum, and Valdese Travel and Tourism. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. National Register of Historic Places NRIS #84000115

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35.74420000, -81.56674167

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