AMT @ Lenoir Caldwell Museum, NC
The Museum's mission is to educate and preserve the history of Caldwell County for future generations through educational services and exhibits.

Caldwell Heritage Museum Mural
"Postage Mural Series"
Lenoir, NC

Exit BR Parkway MilePost: 294
Mural Artist: Doreyl Ammons Cain
Trail Member/Sponsor: Caldwell Heritage Museum

Caldwell Museum Story

     Caldwell Heritage Museum sits on top of Davenport Hill, overlooking Lenoir, NC. One can identify it by the two story, red bricked, white columned structure. The former Davenport College Music Building was built in the mid-1920s. It is the last remaining building of Davenport College and housed a cafeteria, music, and science classes. The college was established in the mid-1850s for women; it was the center of the community for education and the arts.

     After the college closed, the building was used for a variety of purposes. It has been an elementary school, public school administration offices, a music center for Davenport Junior High School, and a location for community residents to study the arts and music from a variety of instructors.

     Caldwell County Historical Society dreamed for years of finding a location for a museum. In the mid-1980s, an agreement was reached between the Historical Society and the school system to keep the building to be used as a museum and heritage center. School officials had discussed at an earlier time having the structure demolished. When word reached the community that the structure might be demolished, a renovation effort was organized to save the building. With the support of many residents and those who had a vision to not only preserve, but also teach the history of Caldwell County, the Caldwell Heritage Museum was born. It eventually came under the care of Caldwell County Schools and remains so today.

     Its mission is to educate and preserve the history of Caldwell County for future generations through educational services and exhibits.

     Today, the Museum showcases exhibits such as Native Americans; Early formation of Caldwell County; Railroads; and Furniture. Special exhibits includeSchools; Military; Women's Fashions; and Davenport College.

     The Museum is located at 112 Vaiden Street SW, Lenoir, NC 28645. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Other times are by appointment. One may reach the museum by calling 828-758-4004 during business hours or by email,

     If you would like to see the mural, it is placed at the front of the building. Please feel free to take a picture even if the museum is closed. You can also tag us on social media on the museum's Facebook page at

Mural Description

     Covered wagons next to the Iron Horse shows change in progress at the turn of the century. The "Train Town" Postage Stamp mural tells the story of many small mountain towns in the 1880s. Crowded together are businesses and homes, as signs of nature surround these bustling new ventures.

This mural is part of a postage size mural series painted by artist Doreyl Ammons Cain.

Artist Bio: Doreyl Ammons Cain

    Born and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, Doreyl grew up drawing birds in the sand on the dirt roads around her home. She achieved a Masters of Art through California State University and has won numerous art awards including the Art in the Park Award. She has exhibited at the Smithsonian and created art for the film industry in California. Doreyl is now creating public art murals and art for book publication. She also has co-founded a non-profit organization called Catch the Spirit of Appalachia.

    Doreyl's art is a celebration of life and her love of nature. Using vivid colors she explores shapes, design and expression. Coming from a career in biological art, she enjoys exploring the endless forms of natural life. Painting in pastels, acrylics and mixed media on various surfaces, she creates commissioned art for books, exhibits, collectors and hand signed and numbered fine art prints for festivals. Public Art is her greatest passion, for she believes that art should be shared in communities to uplift the spirit and raise awareness of life's beauty. Go to to see more works of fine art which illustrate the beauty of "little bits of Appalachia!"

Copyright © Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, Inc non-profit 2016-2099

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    comment by: Gloria
Love, love, love ❤ all the art we saw and experienced while in Asheville!!Laura

    comment by: Lois
Brilliant way to allow visitors to enjoy the sites and sounds that Asheville has to offer.

    comment by: Rebecca&Susan
We just loved all of the murals in Asheville! Asheville is a fun vibrant interesting town!

    comment by: Catherine Wilson
    (Asheville, NC)

As a member of Carolina Street Mural group, I learned about The Appalachian Mural Trail! After reviewing your web page. I planned my road trips to locate the trail murals, reflect on them and photograph memories of my trip!

    comment by: Tammy Compton
    (Fort Myers, Florida)

Love it! We went looking to take selfies with 3 and found over 20 murals!

    comment by: Angie Trapp
    (Concord, NC)

Beautiful mural in Sparta, one of my favorite places! 😊❤️

    comment by: Debra
    (Falls Church City, VA)

Thanks for letting me know! What a great project!
It added cool stops to my visit and I love seeing art and the artist was around that day to meet.

    comment by: Cristy (Mountain City, TN)
We have been getting much more traffic around our murals, and a lot of it is due to the publicity from your organization!
Thank you!
We will unveil our newest (and largest) mural on September 4th.

    comment by: Cindy Hedrick Day
It's beautiful! Thank you!!!!
Awesome! You made my day! Love love love it!.
I saw the email re the Mural Trail special in process of being made. Can't wait to see it. We are working to finish our projects, exhibit changes, etc. Who knew it would take so long! But, it's soon finished!!!
Looking forward to seeing this!
Thank you again!!!

    comment by: Marcie Toomey
This is our second visit to Holy Trinity.. we always leave blessed and humbled ❤️

    comment by: Chelsea
Thank you so much for the quick response! I received my shirt and thoroughly enjoyed the trail! Thank you for all of the hard work put into this project!

    comment by: Debbie Dillion
Just came across your website and it is great! I plan to look for these murals in my travels. A phone app would be awesome.

    comment by: Carol
Lincolnton, NC, is loaded with murals! And I love them all!

    comment by: Barry & Cindy Beaulieu
we got to see the Fresco in W. Jefferson NC and is amazing ... we were on our two wheeler the Voyager... nature declares there is a God... everywhere you look... thanking ya'll so very very much...

    comment by: Vickie Sealock
    (Welcome Center Manager)

I love what you folks are doing. Several years ago we went to Exeter California to see their Mural trail. We spent hours in this little town looking at the murals and trying to find the hidden objects in each. We talked with the towns people, had lunch, shopped in the shops. I love the mural trails, and yours is going to be one of the best. Thanks for keeping us in the loop.

    comment by: Liz
Art is everywhere in Asheville! This gorgeous mural of Dolly Parton by Gus Cutty is the newest mural you'll see in town. Gus created the mural with spray paint in 3 days. See it for yourself at Beauty Parade on Haywood Rd in West Asheville.

    comment by: Karen
Roanoke murals are awesome to see... love the mural with girl floating in air... the poetry one was neat!

    comment by: Big Tom
This is great mural art, will be remembered a long time...

    comment by: Bob
This is very expansive mural, covers many walls inside the cradle building. Beautiful art mural, a must see!

    comment by: Dolly
Love the big murals!!!

    comment by: Lisa Patten
I love the mural trail. It's like seeing a gift at Christmas!

    comment by: Ann Barbare
Beautiful mural of Maggie Valley

    comment by: Jennifer
Love your mural artwork! The local references, the depiction of marvelous, beautiful, and colorful nature - landscapes, birds, animals, butterflies, and glorious flowers - invites close study and is very engaging!

    comment by: Carol
Looks like progress being made! Can't wait to see the mural at Joeys.

    comment by: anonymous
Can't wait to see this beautiful mural art in person at Joey's Pancake House

    comment by: Amy
I love your little sneak-a-peek view. Need more...

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