Old Rock School

400 Main St W
Valdese NC  28690

Phone: (828) 879-2129

Old Rock School

The Old Rock School Auditorium is the home of the Bluegrass at the Rock Concert Series, numerous plays by the local community theater Old Colony Players, dance recitals, graduations, camps, and corporate conferences. The Auditorium will accommodate a maximum of 500 occupants. Details about the sound system and lighting services are available at time of rental.

The Old Rock School Waldensian Room is used as a local community room. The Waldensian Room is used for weddings, receptions, beauty pageants, meetings, classes, anniversaries, birthdays, craft shows, and graduation celebrations. The Waldenisan Room will accommodate 150 seated occupants. Tables & chairs are provided with rentals and there is a catering style kitchen available for use. After a recent remodel the Waldensian Room has surround sound, projection system, microphone, and a dimming light system. The Waldensian Room is the perfect venue to host your special events.

The Old Rock School has four classrooms available for public rental in the upstairs of the building. The Classrooms are home to events such as the Gardner Webb University Goal Program, dressing rooms, meetings, and luncheons. Rooms 119,137,138, and 139 have recently been remodeled. The remodel included the addition of projections systems, custom sound panels, additional lighting and new vanities (Rooms 119 & 137). The Classrooms will accommodate and average of 25 seated occupants. Tables and chairs are included with rental.

The Teacher's Cottage is located between the Old Rock School and Valdese Elementary School. The building has recently been updated and is home to events such as baby showers, birthdays, Lion's Club, Meals on Wheels, anniversaries, wedding showers and numerous smaller events. The Teacher's Cottage will accommodate a maximum of 50 occupants. Tables and chairs are included with rental and a catering style kitchen is available for use.

In addition to public rentals the Old Rock School also has several businesses and nonprofit organizations located within. The businesses & nonprofits include, Old Colony Players (local community theater), Rock School Arts Foundation and the Valdese Rotary Club. The Rock School Arts Foundation has two art galleries open for public viewing and Studio 101 for art workshops.

The Piedmont & Western Railroad Museum is located on the lower level of the building. The Piedmont and Western Railroad is a fictitious line serving Western North Carolina whose mainline extends from Marion, NC to Leadvale, TN. Its chief purpose is to carry the trains of its owners, Southern RR and the Clinchfield RR across the Blue Ridge Mountains. Since it is the only Carolina's mainline that crosses the Blue Ridge, traffic is heavy. The Piedmont and Western also maintains extensive terminal facilities in Asheville, which is the focus of operations. Trains set off or pick up local traffic, or are reclassified for their final destinations. Modern operations with diesel locomotives are emphasized.

The Old Rock School averages 2 events per day. For information regarding public rentals and availability please contact us at 828-879-2129. Let the Old Rock School be the home of your next event.


The Old Rock School was built in 1922 in downtown Valdese, NC and is a unique meeting facility.

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Parking: Street, Parking Lot

Categories: Concert Venue, Museum, Public Services & Government

Hours

Mon: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm



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Past Events

Hogslop String Band

Hogslop String Band
07:30 pm - 03/02/2019

At Old Rock School

The Hogslop String Band is a Nashville based old time string band comprised of four energetic young musicians hailing from Georgia and Tennessee. Featuring Casy...

Love Canon

Love Canon
07:30 pm - 02/02/2019

At Old Rock School

Sprouting from the musical foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville, Virginia’s LOVE CANON is excited to announce they have signed on with Moonstruck...

An Evening with Jimmy Fortune & Nu Blu

An Evening with Jimmy Fortune & Nu Blu
07:30 pm - 01/18/2019

At Old Rock School

Jimmy Fortune toured, sang and performed with the legendary Statler Brothers for 21 years. He joined them first as a temporary replacement for Lew DeWitt, after...

The Cleverly’s at the Old Rock School

The Cleverly’s at the Old Rock School
07:30 pm - 12/01/2018

At Old Rock School

The Old Rock School is proud to welcome The Cleverly's back for 2018! We had such a great time in 2017 that we want more. Make sure to mark your calendars for this...

Christmas in November Craft Show

Christmas in November Craft Show
09:00 am - 11/10/2018

At Old Rock School

The annual Christmas in November Craft & Gift Show will be held on Saturday, November 10th, 2018. Over 35 vendors will offer handmade crafts, baked goods and gifts....

Flatt Lonesome

Flatt Lonesome
07:30 pm - 11/03/2018

At Old Rock School

Since their debut in 2011, Flatt Lonesome has enjoyed a nearly unprecedented trip to place them among bluegrass’ elite. Bluegrass Today calls them "the sort of...

Valdese Farmers Market

Valdese Farmers Market
11:00 am - 05/18/2018

At Old Rock School

2018 April Craft Market

2018 April Craft Market
09:00 am - 04/14/2018

At Old Rock School

Enjoy handmade crafts & gifts from over 35 vendors, door prizes, bake sale and so much more! Proceeds benefit the Historic Valdese Foundation to complete community...

April Craft Market 2018

April Craft Market 2018
09:00 am - 04/14/2018

At Old Rock School

Enjoy handmade crafts & gifts from over 35 vendors, door prizes, bake sale and so much more! Proceeds benefit the Historic Valdese Foundation to complete community...

Wright Way Dance Classes

Wright Way Dance Classes
06:00 pm - 03/27/2018

At Old Rock School

​The Wright Way Dance’s unique learning progressions will help you move efficiently to the music, either with or without a partner, and to practice appropriate...

Nu Blu W/ Dewey & Leslie Brown with The Carolina Gentlemen

Nu Blu W/ Dewey & Leslie Brown with The Carolina Gentlemen
07:30 pm - 03/03/2018

At Old Rock School

Bluegrass at the Rock Presents: Dewey & Leslie Brown with The Carolina Gentlemen opening for Nu Blu Dewey played fiddle as a Clinch Mountain Boy for Dr. Ralph Stanley...

Valdese Celebrates 125th- Edict of Emancipation

Valdese Celebrates 125th- Edict of Emancipation
05:00 pm - 02/17/2018

At Old Rock School

Join the as a part of the Town of Valdese 125th Anniversary for the Annual Falo Celebration! The celebration will honor the 170th Anniversary of the Edict of Emancipation....

Movies at the Rock and Old World Baking Company: Roxanne

Movies at the Rock and Old World Baking Company: Roxanne
05:00 pm - 02/14/2018

At Old Rock School

Celebrate Valentines Day with Old World Baking Company and Movies at the Rock with a Valentine’s Date Night Special! Dinner, Movie & Valentine’s Day Gift all...

The Cleverly's

The Cleverly's
07:30 pm - 12/02/2017

At Old Rock School

Enjoy a great night of comedy at the Old Rock School in Valdese! Paul Harris (aka Digger Cleverly) is also a very successful actor and stand up comedian. He is...

Christmas in November Craft & Gift Show

Christmas in November Craft & Gift Show
09:00 am - 11/11/2017

At Old Rock School

Christmas in November Craft & Gift Show sponsored by the Historic Valdese Foundation Enjoy over 35 handmade craft & gift vendors. Find unique Christmas gifts for...

Holiday Cooking

Holiday Cooking
06:00 pm - 11/07/2017

At Old Rock School

The holidays of food, family and fellowship will soon be upon us. We will be sharing delicious recipes, food samples and recipe demonstrations for making tasty,...

The True Grass Band & Sideline

The True Grass Band & Sideline
07:30 pm - 11/04/2017

At Old Rock School

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