October 7, 2016 – Barium Springs, N.C. – An extension of the Carolina Thread Trail was officially opened through the Barium Springs campus of Children’s Hope Alliance. The new section extends from downtown Troutman across the historic Barium Springs campus toward Statesville. This section of the Thread Trail is ¼-mile long, and offers a welcoming opportunity for folks to explore Little Joes Chapel & Enrichment Center, the Barium Springs Historical Museum, and Children’s Hope Alliance’s administrative offices; or simply to wander beneath 100-year-old oak trees and take in the architecture of some of Iredell County’s most historical buildings. The new segment connects to the “Richardson Greenway” segment constructed in 2011. Children’s Hope Alliance is very appreciative of the Carolina Thread Trail and the Town of Troutman for their support and help in opening this new extension.
This project also coincides with the 125th Anniversary of Barium Springs. Children’s Hope Alliance has added an off-shoot of this trail that goes under the road, and continues throughout the Barium Springs campus. On that section of the trail, you’ll find more historical markers that walk you through the rich 125-year history at Barium Springs. Special thanks to Broyhill Family Foundation, Hambrick Memorial Foundation, Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Sedgewick Homes, and Barium Springs Alumni for their support in constructing the historical walking path.
Members of the Statesville Chamber of Commerce, as well as other members of the community were on hand as Children’s Hope Alliance’s President and CEO, John Koppelmeyer cut the ribbon, officially opening the newest extension of the Carolina Thread Trail, which runs through the historic Barium Springs campus.