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Welcome to Historic Valdese North Carolina

Valdese, in the heart of Burke County is located in the foothills of Western North Carolina "where the Piedmont meets the Mountains." The Catawba River traverses Burke County west to east creating a wide valley and Lake Rhodhiss. The valley is intersected by I-40, US Highways 64 and 70, and NC Highways 18 and 181. Interstates 26, 77, and 85 are within a 50 mile radius. The Town of Valdese website has been re-created to assist citizens, businesses and visitors with up to date information about the services the Town of Valdese provides. 

Valdese is:

16 miles west of Hickory, NC
64 miles east of Asheville, NC
65 miles northwest of Charlotte, NC
85 miles west of Winston-Salem, NC
200 miles northeast of Atlanta, GA

The Town of Valdese was designated by the State of North Carolina on August 2, 2013 as a Small Town Main Street Community


The Town of Valdese welcomes Seth Eckard as he will serve as town manager effective July 1, 2015. 

Eckard has served as the Town Administrator for the town of Sawmills in Caldwell County since January 2011, where he supervised 14 employees and a $3 million budget. Eckard is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a B.S. in Political Science and a Masters of Public Administration. He also graduated from the Municipal Administration Course and Public Executive Leadership Academy at the UNC School of Government.

"It is an honor to be selected to serve as the next Town Manager of Valdese,” Eckard said. “I have been thoroughly impressed with the professionalism of the Town's staff and the leadership of the town council. Jeff Morse has left a legacy of well-run government that I hope to build upon. I look forward to working with the staff and the community in order to make the Town of Valdese the very best it can be."

Current Town Manager, Jeff Morse will retire after 35 years of dedicated service with the Town of Valdese. He will be greatly missed by town council, staff and residents. 


Browse our website to find out more about what Valdese has to offer. 

Valdese Mailing Address: P.O. Box 339 Valdese NC 28690