Kersey Valley offers a range of family fun for everyone. Its laser tag course plunges competitors into military-style battles through more than 20 different firefight scenarios across 55 acres of battlefields. Lasers modeled after MP5 submachine guns fire over 1,000 feet during assassination missions or airstrike missions when the staff careens through the air on ziplines while trying to pick players off. The zipline adventure tours prove equally thrilling for Kersey Valley visitors, who glide through the skies across 14 legs of sail-ways that stretch between 200 and 800 feet per leg. Some first-time riders prefer to stretch their aerial time to the max by zipping more than 800 feet long in one run. Those who prefer to keep their amusements more grounded may challenge themselves with themed escape rooms or frolic through seasonal, family-themed adventures, including the Maize Adventure and the Kersey Valley Spookywoods.
In the 1780s, blacksmith John Davidson moved from his log cabin, Rural Retreat, into Rural Hill, a majestic plantation-style house he built on his 265 acres of fertile farmland. The land and two houses were passed down through the Davidson family in the ensuing years, but in 1886, the mansion burned down. Then, in 1898, the log cabin also burned down, and the family was forced to live in a log kitchen building.
Visitors can still visit that log kitchen building today (it's the only historical residence remaining on the property) and see how hard life could be in an era without such modern conveniences as easy-squeeze mayo. The property has become, among other things, a field-trip destination, where historical re-enactors teach youngsters how 18th-century people baked, lit their homes, and did other basic tasks.
There's plenty of other reasons to visit, too. The secluded hill plays host to special events throughout the year, such as a fall corn maze and a Scottish festival with Highland games. And visitors can hike through nature on its peaceful 5K trail or entertain wedding guests at the cultural center.
Like a drag show, the centerpiece of the Loch Norman Highlands Games is men in skirts. However, these guys will be in kilts while competing in feats of strength, like tossing a 20-foot-long tree trunk—aka "caber"—or an 18-pound clachneart stone—aka "stone of strength" or "really big rock." Beyond the heavy lifting, the three-day event showcases the food, whisky, Celtic music, and Highland dancing that Scottish folks have been celebrating since the 14th century. And yes, there will be bagpipes.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: Adults
Pro Tip: Come with an open mind.
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Private Wine Tastings
Q&A with Disean Burns, Owner
Apart from your business's main attraction, do you offer any "hidden" services or activities that visitors are always delighted to learn about?
We host wine tastings, mixers, social functions, cocktail 101's and meet and greets. The proceeds from these events allow us cover the cost of holding free financial literacy workshops for the public as well as contributing funds to our ongoing Piedmont Legacy Scholarship Fund.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is the educational aspect. Teaching people not only about the wines and their histories, but also the free workshops we host on financial literacy. Opening people to new experiences and new information is something that never gets old.
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Being a woman means something different to everyone, and summing up the shared experience in a single event seems like an impossibility. Fortunately, "impossible" is meaningless to the organizers of the Southern Women's Show. Every year, the annual event visits the Queen City, bringing with it unique boutiques, activities, and special guests that capture the essence of being a woman. Meet Chris Solues from The Bachelor and Whitney Way Thore from TLC's My Big Fat Fabulous Life on-site, and elsewhere, guests can snack on southern staples including pimento cheese, discuss home projects with DIY makers, and get a fitting from one of the show's bra experts. There are also plenty of features including the Food Lion Kitchen Stage, a mother-daughter Lookalike contest, and fashion shows filled with the latest trends.