Art, Culture & More
GG's is located in the heart of Historic Downtown Statesville in a quaint century-old building owned and operated by Gloria Hager, crowned the "Queen of Statesville" by Mayor Costi Kutteh. GG's houses one of the most unique collections of art, frames and gifts in North Carolina. Open: 10-5:30pm Monday-Friday, 10-3pm Saturday, or by appointment.
Founded in 1972 by the late Mr. James Walker, the Iredell Arts Council is a non-profit arts organization serving the residents, artists and arts organizations of Iredell County, NC. The organization serves as an extension of the NC Arts Council as their Designated County Partner for Iredell County; funded through individual and corporate donations, grants, and the NC Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts program.
The Iredell Arts Council is housed in the Old Jail building in Downtown Statesville in the center of Iredell County. Each of the different sections of Iredell County is diverse, displaying rich traditions in music and craft heritage to the north, and historic downtown charm with contemporary art to the south.
Come meet the only Egyptian mummy on permanent display in North Carolina! Located in Historic Downtown Statesville, Iredell Museums on Court Street will showcase the highlight of their collection, a 3000 year old Egyptian mummy. And with changing exhibits, there is always something new families can explore!
The Statesville Historical Collection consists of thousands of items, the smallest being tin tags used to label plug chewing tobacco, and the largest being the 1961 Statesville Police Department “paddy wagon” truck. Some of the more unusual items include an Aunt Sally’s mayonnaise jar manufactured on Depot Hill, and a legal check written on a brick from Statesville Brick Company that was actually cashed at NCNB in Statesville. The strangest is probably a 25 foot length of hemp rope that came from the wall of a Colorado casino, along with a plaque that says, “This is the rope used to hang Tom Dooley’s HORSE”.
Other items include:
PHOTOGRAPHS of Statesville/Iredell County streets, roads, buildings, businesses, athletic teams, special events, gatherings, etc.
ADVERTISING ITEMS used by and issued by local businesses (signs, posters, calendars, thermometers, novelties, billheads, invoices, etc.)
STATESVILLE NEWSPAPERS dating from the 1860s to the 1900s
STATESVILLE and IREDELL GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS dating from the 1780s
BOTTLES and PACKAGES with printed and embossed names of local businesses
PICTURE POSTCARDS from the early 1900s through the 1960s
BOOKS, PAMPHLETS, FLIERS, CIRCULARS about local citizens, businesses, and places
TOBACCO and LIQUOR ITEMS from products manufactured in Statesville, such as: advertising, correspondence, boxes, bags, tags, labels, etc.
PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL ITEMS from Statesville Owls, Tigers, Colts, Indians, etc., and Mooresville Moors (Listing of Teams by Year 1937-1969)
MEMORABILIA from MOVIES filmed in Iredell County
COLLECTIBLES related to famous (and infamous) Iredell citizens
RECORDINGS (45s, LPs, cassettes, eight tracks) made by local artists
OBSOLETE PRODUCTS MADE by STATESVILLE BUSINESSES
TOM DOOLEY MEMORABILIA, including books, recordings, and memorabilia from the movie The Legend of Tom Dooley
And lots of UNUSUAL & INTERESTING ITEMs relating to Statesville/Iredell County history