Valle Crucis in an unincorporated community located in Watauga County, North Carolina, United States. The name of the town is Latin for “Vale of the Cross,” a reference to a valley in the area where three streams converge to form a shape similar to an archbishop’s cross. The community is located along NC 194, between the towns of Banner Elk and Boone. Valley Crucis is the epitome of a quaint country village. With its bucolic surroundings and small shops and tourist attractions, you will not want to miss a visit here.

Valley Crucis and the Mast General Store

The small community of Valle Crucis is North Carolina’s first rural historic district and is where you’ll find the Original Mast General Store and the Mast Store Annex. Still the center of the community, the Original Mast Store houses the Post Office and offers up a 5¢ cup of coffee. Traversing its creaking floorboards, you’ll find country gourmet foods, cast iron cookware, speckleware, old-fashioned toys, footwear for all walks of life, hardware, and even a pair of boots, if you need them.

Just 2/10 mile down the road is the Mast Store Annex. Constructed as a competing general store in 1909, these two general stores served a thriving community. Today’s Annex has an eclectic collection of clothing, outdoor gear to hit the trail, and a collection of candy that would make any dentist happy. If this is the type of home town you’ve been searching for, Peak Real Estate is here to assist you in your quest.