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Spring into the Arts Walk
Each May the town shows its artistic side with an
open-air art competition. The event also features
a classic car show, craft vendors and children's
Things get spooktacular on the last Fri. in Oct.
as the town welcomes young ghouls and goblins
at Wendell Community Park. The trail is a
non-scary adventure for those 12 years of age
and under. Local businesses decorate tables and
On the first Fri. in Dec., enjoy a visit with Santa
Claus, experience historic downtown with a
trolley ride, be amazed by a magnificent light
show containing more than 400,000 lights and
holiday music, and participate in the cookie walk,
live nativity, wood and ice carvings and cantata.
Welcome to Wendell!
Learn more at www.townofwendell.com.
An easy, 20-minute drive from downtown Raleigh, the Town of Wendell is one of the
20 safest cities in North Carolina.* Once home to tobacco farmers, the town offers
charming, walkable streets and a calendar full of family-friendly events.
Sheree L. Hedrick
lend in with the locals by pronouncing the
town as "wen-'DELL" and impress your
friends by knowing the name comes from poet
Oliver Wendell Holmes, but the pronunciation is
attributed to a conductor at the train station.
Downtown Wendell is listed on the National
Register of Historic Places due to its unique
heritage and historic qualities. Stop by downtown
retail shops to enjoy a fun afternoon of browsing
and hospitality. At the Wendell General Store
you'll be greeted by well-worn wooden floors
and a selection of everything from candy to
garden flags. Nearby at Ladybug's Cottage
you'll find sewing and quilting notions as well as
classes to show you how.
Recharge with a jolt of java at 41 North Coffee,
where the menu includes pastries, quiche, panini,
desserts and a wide selection of coffee drinks.
The welcoming vibe and the Wi-Fi are both
free. Continue your culinary discoveries with
the Agave Mexican Bar & Grill, Aubrey's and
Peedie's Grill, Brown Bag Bagels and others.
Your grown-up tastes will lead you to
* #12 Among the 20 Safest Cities in N.C.-The SafeWise Report, April 2017
Oaklee Distilling Co., where the spirits are
proudly "Milled, Distilled and Bottle Filled in
Wendell." Tours and tastings are held each third
Parks and recreation
Test your skills on the outdoor pickleball, tennis
or beach volleyball courts or perhaps with a
round of disc golf. Enjoy a family day at one of
the playgrounds and trails. Gather for a picnic or
cheer on the teams at the town's athletic fields.
Learn more about facilities and events online.
The world's largest tobacco worm mural,
Why just add a fresh coat of paint when you can
add a conversation piece? The Town of Wendell
certainly gives you something to talk about with
the world's largest tobacco worm mural. Named
"Oliver" in honor of Oliver Wendell Holmes and
the town's rich tobacco heritage, the massive
green worm is pictured chowing down on a
tobacco leaf. Wendell has seven murals, and you
can enjoy a video tour before you visit in person
"Wendell has a special
charm that our visitors
will feel as soon as they
interact with people
here in town. The beautiful mural on the side
of our agency was painted by local artist Peggy
Lee. It reminds me of my love for Wendell and its
people, greeting me like a warm hug each and
Oaklee Distilling Co.
"As a native of nearby
Raleigh, I knew I
wanted to start my
distillery in this area. I love being in Wendell and
seeing all the visitors that take our tours. Sharing
my passion for this business and my town is what
makes my job so much fun."
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