The Waldensian Heritage Museum is a local history museum in Valdese, North Carolina. It is owned and operated by the Waldensian Presbyterian Church.
The Waldensian Heritage Museum tells of the rich history of the Waldensian Church of Italy, whose members were the very ones who formed and founded the town of Valdese in 1893. The church has been around since the 12th century, but due to societal conditions, many of their members were persecuted through the years. This pushed some to travel to North Carolina from their home in the Cottian Alps of northern Italy. 29 members arrived in NC and founded Valdese, which was filled soon enough by more settlers that are also members of the said church.
The Waldensian Heritage Museum celebrates the inspiring history of the area through artifacts, photographs, and many other historic items.