Alexander County, North Carolina, was founded in 1847. The county seat of Alexander County is Taylorsville. The county covers and area of 263 sq. miles and includes the towns of Hickory, Lenoir and Morganton. Alexander County is located in what is known as the Piedmont region of North Carolina.
Alexander’s main geographical feature is the Brushy Mountains, a shoot-off of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Brushy Mountains extend to an elevation of 300 to 1,000 feet above the surrounding countryside. The highest point of the mountain range in Alexander County is Hickory Knob, which rises to an elevation of 2,560 feet about sea level. With the Barrett Mountain range being an isolated mountain ridge. The largest river to be found in Alexander County is the Catawba River, which begins at the southern border of the mountain range. Besides the aforementioned mountain ranges in Alexander County, the rest of the county is beautiful gentle rolling hills.
Located in Alexander County is the town of Hiddenite, which is the location of the only emerald mine in the United States that is open to the general public. Found in the Hiddenite mine are emeralds, sapphires and hiddenite gems. The town is named for the stone hiddenite, which is abundant here. Hiddenite is known to be a healing stone and works on the body and mind, to help in overcoming addictions. It is said to open up one’s heart to hope and joy. The most relevant action of the Hiddenite stone is getting rid of negative energies and making room for divine love. The town of Hiddenite in Alexander County, NC is the only place on earth to be known to date, where you will find this beautiful gemstone.