Troutman is a small, quiet town in Iredell County, North Carolina. The town’s population is just over 2,500. Troutman is your typical charming and community-oriented small town where the neighbors know each other by name, restaurants are locally owned, the area is quiet, and the southern hospitality is out of this world.
The history of Troutman begins in the 1750s when immigrants relocated from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland to use the vast amount of free land available. They cleared farms, constructed cabins and barns, raised livestock, cultivated crops, and traded furs. One of the settlers was an eleven-year-old boy named John Jacob Trautman (original spelling). Trautman and his mother came to the area in 1778, and he became a landowner instantaneously. Among everything else he was doing in the town, he was also buying and selling land freely. Over time, he ended up with titles of more than 2,000 acres of land. His tombstone outlines his many roles in the community as a carpenter, hat maker, cooper, stockman, school teacher, and realtor. In 1795, he married Margaret Fesperman. Their second child was John Jacob Jr., who eventually married Anne Wolford. The two had seven children together, but unfortunately, two of their children died in early childhood. Anne and her five survived children cemented the family name into the history of local Piedmont. In 1853, 22 years after the death of her husband, Anne and her two matured sons, Sidney and Jacob, and her three younger daughters built a home/wagon workshop. The home and workshop were located in the area now known as downtown Troutman. The Trautman brothers ran their own business repairing and building wagons. The location was ideal and brought a decent amount of traffic by the homestead. Over some years, the family’s reputation and assets thrived, and locals began to refer to the area as Troutman’s. In 1858, a railroad opened, giving Statesville east-west and north-south rail connections and put the Statesville on the map. It was a significant turning point for the village of Troutman. Troutman was a regular freight stop on the AT&O line for a short time until the tracks were pulled. Union raiders destroyed the rails in and around Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War, so the tracks from Charlotte to Statesville were used to replace them. In 1870, the rails were finally rebuilt, bringing travelers back through the area. When the Civil War was over, the Troutman area became home to saw mills and furniture makers. Then, after the furniture industry moved west, cotton farming and textile mills became the backbone of the local economy. In 1905, the town residents petitioned the state legislature for an official Town Charter Grant, and today, the town is home to over 2,500 people as the community continues to flourish.
In a town so small, one may think there’s to do in the area, but Troutman has plenty to enjoy! Along with its neighboring cities, Troutman is right by Lake Norman. Head to the lake for swimming, shopping eating, hiking, and much more. For horse lovers, Troutman is home to Pomolas Ranch and Equestrian Center. The facility provides affordable horse riding, lessons for all ages, summer camps, full boarding and stables, and acres of pastures and trains. They even host birthday parties, special events, weddings and more. If you have a passion for horses, join the equestrian club to meet other locals who share the same interests. An amazing family-fun adventure in the town is the Zootastic Park. Enjoy up close animal encounters, one on one time with different baby animals (at an additional cost), the zookeeper for a day program, and more. The Jr. Zookeeper Camp Program is a one-day program that costs $199 and worth every penny. For $400, you can sit in a room and play with baby tigers, baby kangaroos, and lemurs. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you will never be able to forget. Tour the zoo and see the hybrid Siberian-Bengal Tiger, kangaroos, camels, corn snakes, iguanas, and many other animals. The petting zoo has parrots, llamas, emus, and other friendly furry critters for your little ones to hands-on interaction with. For couples or singles that enjoy wine, music, relaxation, and nature, check out Daveste’ Vineyards. The winery is the first in Iredell County, and features rolling hills, a pond, gorgeous flowers, and a rustic timber frame-style tasting room/art gallery.
One of the awesome things about this small-town community is the small-town hidden restaurants you won’t find anywhere else. Randy’s BBQ is a prime example of this kind of restaurant. This family owned hot spot has unforgettable food that will have you running back for more. Customers rave about the BBQ sauce, pulled pork, ribs, hushpuppies, chicken wings, onion rings, taco salads, banana pudding, and just about everything else on the menu. Randy’s daughter, Candi, serves homemade desserts at the restaurant. Just the smell of the place will make you want to pull over and try some for yourself. The owners are unbelievably friendly and the prices are very affordable. Who wouldn’t want to come back? A hidden Italian gem is Rellegrino’s Trattoria. This is a local favorite for those who enjoy a good authentic Italian meal. For shoppers, a unique shop is PhD’s Personal Handcrafted Displays. The mom and pop shop sells custom home décor, and the products are all cut, finished, and assembled by hand. Another very unique one is Willow Oaks Gift Shop; an adorable shop that sells cupcakes, jewelry and handcrafted décor.
Troutman has a lot to offer in a small amount of space. The charming community feel is something you wouldn’t ever want to leave. Discover the delicious southern home style foods, homemade crafts, and small-town family owned businesses. This is place where you don’t have to dream about seeing countless stars fill the night sky from your backyard. A place where your next door neighbor is the same person who’s bagging your groceries and helping you load them into your car. A town where you can actually feel like you’re a part of a community, because that truly is what you are.
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