Located on the Catawba River in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is the small town of Morganton, North Carolina, that features beautiful scenery, outdoor adventure, and a vibrant downtown. With a population of about 17,000, Southern Living Magazine referred to it as a “small town we love.” Morganton has many historical sites and districts which reflect the development of the area by yeoman farmers, and later cotton plantations and textile mills. Today the town is filled with unique restaurants, shops and art galleries. It is also home to North Carolina School for the Deaf, Western Piedmont Community College, and a small regional airport. Picture of Historic Burke County Courthouse, on the US National Register of Historic Places, courtesy of Wikipedia and Upstateherd; picture of Table Rock, a popular mountain for rock climbing, courtesy of Wikipedia and Omarcheeseboro.