When walking into Love Valley, you may assume that you’d stumbled across the set of a 1950s Western film. You may even half-expect to see a tumbleweed blowing across the street in front of you or a couple of cowboys facing off in a shootout. But this peculiar little place is in fact real. And you’ll be surprised just how much the people who call it home are set on living like they do in the movies.
Hidden away in the foothills of North Carolina’s Brushy Mountains, Love Valley is an old-fashioned settlement that was built with one mission: to keep the Wild West alive. But the town is no mere tourist attraction; instead, it’s a fully functioning community that plays home to dozens of people. And when it comes to living life as it would have been more than a century ago, the locals are remarkably faithful to the period.