Valdese Centennial Park, June 28, 2009; Courtesy of Stanley and Terrie Howard




Historic Valdese Foundation

The Historic Valdese Foundation won the award in 1993 for their Valdese Centennial Park project. The project design permits visitors to start at one part of a circular stone wall and read about Waldensian history from a series of ten bronze plaque situated around an 8.5-foot fountain. The town was begun by 29 French-speaking Protestant settlers from the Itailian Alps who got off a train in Burke County in 1893.