Welcome to Lenoir


Lenoir, NC Real Estate, Area and Community Information

Lenoir, North Carolina, is a community in the western portion of the state. The approximately 19,000 residents of Lenoir enjoy life nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Brushy Mountains are also found in the area. In fact, Hibriten Mountain is the westernmost of the Brushy Mountains, and it is situated within the Lenoir city limits. Lenoir won an All-America City Award in 2008.



​​​​​​​The community got its name from Gen. William Lenoir, a Revolutionary War combatant and an early North Carolina politician. Gen. Lenoir began to build his fortified home in the Yadkin Valley in 1788. Construction was not completed until 1792. He referred to the stockade-like structure as "Fort Defiance," and the name has remained for over 200 years now. Lenoir never went to school, and yet he became a teacher at age 18. He also taught himself four languages. He later became a surveyor, and it was that occupation that brought him to the western reaches of North Carolina.

Parks and Recreation

The city parks in Lenoir include J.E. Broyhill Park. This 9.4-acre facility on Ridge Street features modern play areas, a paved walking trail, picnic facilities and a basketball court. It is not far from Lenoir's downtown historic district.

​​​​​​​The Lenoir Aquatic and Fitness Center is one of the crown jewels of recreation for those that live in Lenoir NC homes. A junior Olympic-size swimming pool, kids' pool, hot tub, racquetball courts, fitness machines and a weight room are among the amenities offered. Hiking trails wind their way across 118 acres of rolling countryside.

Of the numerous parks which Newton offers residents the largest one by far is Jacob Fork Park. This 100-acre park includes a canoe/kayak launch. The softball fields are complemented by bleachers, concession stands and dugouts. The 27-acre Southside Park is located behind the National Guard Armory. Its extensive facilities include an open air amphitheater, a mile-long hiking trail, picnic shelters, ball field, soccer area and play area. Those that live in Newton homes can also enjoy two sand volleyball courts here. Northside/Broyhill Park encompasses 12 acres. It includes a lighted ball field, youth baseball and soccer fields, lighted tennis courts and a basketball court. Look for a 0.5 mile hiking trail here as well.

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Attractions and Activities

Hibriten Mountain is located just east of Lenoir and marks the western end of the Brushy Mountains range. The mountain's summit peaks at nearly 1,000 feet above the surrounding terrain. The summit is well known to Lenoir residents for its large welcome light which glows at night in the shape of a star in the weeks before Christmas and a cross before Easter.

Many residents enjoy the downtown area. Here residents can stroll along the quaint walkways lined with sculptures from local artists and visit charming local boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops. While in the downtown area residents can take a break and enjoy one of the many restaurants or take in an open-air performance at the stage on The Square, or a production at the beloved Main Street Theater.

​​​​​​​Shopping, Restaurants, and Culture. There is something to be found for everyone in Downtown Lenoir.

Learn about life in the American frontier of the 1700s by visiting Fort Defiance. The fully restored mansion allows visitors an opportunity to experience the lifestyle of those that lived in this country shortly after its birth.

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There are many annual and seasonal events for Lenoir residents to enjoy. The Blackberry Festival, The Annual Parade, and the annual Light Up Lenoir Event are some of the events which Lenoir residents have to look forward to through out the year.

History Days is one such event that many residents look forward to. In late October of each year, Fort Defiance hosts its Living History Days. Craftsmen in 18th century attire put on demonstrations, and skilled interpreters teach visitors about life in the area around the year 1800.

When it comes to Lenoir NC real estate, there is certainly something for every Lenoir home buyer. It's wise to enlist the services of a skilled Lenoir real estate agent, because there are hundreds of Lenoir homes for sale at any given moment. Included among the homes for sale in Lenoir will be country estates on large parcels of land. These Lenoir NC homes may offer more than 4,000 sq-ft of living space. Anyone on a budget will be pleased to see a number of Lenoir properties priced in the five-figure range.

If your interests run toward newer Lenoir homes, The Joan Killian Everett Team can show you real estate in Lenoir that includes some of the most desirable amenities. Lenoir real estate may occasionally offer multi-car garages, energy-efficient systems and even water views.

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