Whippoorwill Academy and Village is a delightful place to visit. Guests take a step by through history as they tour this small village of yesteryear. Artist, Mrs. Edith Ferguson Carter started this village by moving historical buildings to the family farm many years ago. As an artist, Mrs. Carter had made several videos using her art work to tell the stories of "NC Legends", with "The Legend of Tom Dooley" and "Daniel Boone" are the most popular stories. We are happy to share this intriguing village with groups or individuals. A favorite is the local jail and chapel. This quaint chapel called "The Chapel of Peace", has been the setting for many lovely weddings over the years. Since Mrs. Carter passed away in 2014, her daughters Margaret Martine and Sharon Underwood, both retired educators are directing the village along with the families and many volunteers. The village manager is Dr.Collee Riddle.
Many generations have been very active in working this
family farm. Presently, the focus is the historical
village but it has been an active farm in the past.
Presently, there are cattle and two farm dogs.
The Daniel Boone Day festival is held the third Saturday
in October. It is a small, but fun filled day for the
family to enjoy music, arts and craftsman, food,
cloggers and self guided tours. Tom Dooley Day is
celebrated the third saturday of May. It offers a
dramatic skit for the Legend of Tom Dooley, the
"Strong Southern Woman Skillet Toss" contest, civil war
re-enactors, music ,arts and crafts.
A small fee is charged for tours, and donations are
accepted and both go for the upkeep of the village.
There is an application and fee for weddings at the
chapel. This is a perfect place to bring a group for a
tour, picnic, celebration or a leisurely time of learning
about our heritage. The mountains views are
Family Farm features historical museums, including: Tom Dooley Museum, Daniel Boone Replica Cabin, Smokehouse Art Gallery, Matt's Store, Jail, School House, Chapel, Tavern, Blacksmith shop, Weaving room and more.
Whippoorwill Academy and Village is located in the community of Ferguson in Wilkes County, NC. Hwy 268 between Wilkesboro and Lenoir. GPS address is 11928 NC Hwy 268 Ferguson, NC 28624
The village is open to the public every third saturday of the month from April through October, 1-5 pm and during the week by appointment for tour groups of ten or more members.
Call (336) 973-3237 or (828) 234-0092 to schedule a tour.
There is a small store, called Matt's Store with a variety of souvenirs, jams, pickles and an Art Gallery, with arts,pottery and handicrafts, available only at the village.
Whippoorwill Academy and Village
P.O. Box 458
Ferguson, NC 28624
Phone: (336) 973-3237
Historical Village and Museum Tour