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The Hiddenite Center/Lucus Mansion serves as the cultural and arts center of the county. The Hiddenite Center is housed in the three-story Victorian mansion of James Paul Lucas.


The Lucus Mansion offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy touring the first-floor Victorian house museum, the rotating arts and crafts exhibits on the second floor, and the extensive doll collection on the third floor. The mansion is open to the public daily. The Hiddenite Center’s educational center hosts a variety of concerts, dinner theaters and cultural performances as well as family and civic functions.

The new Alexander Central Auditorium is a 956-seat auditorium located on the campus of Alexander Central High School. This facility provides a series of cultural performances, enrichment experiences for the region’s school populations, and other concerts and events sponsored by presenters and community organizations.

Alexander County is host to two annual festivals that draw many creative people to the county. The Hiddenite Celebration of the Arts is held the fourth Saturday in September, and the Taylorsville Hometown Apple Festival is held the third Saturday in October.

The Alexander County Library, with branches in Taylorsville and Bethlehem, houses a collection of 62,589 books. Video collections and music collections are also available for loan.

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