Alder Springs
Deaf & Blind Community
Morganton, NC


Alder Springs Deaf and Blind Community is located on 450 College Street in Morganton, North Carolina, within a mile of the North Carolina School for the Deaf campus. Both are close to Interstate 40, which traverses the country from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

At a Glance

  • Morganton, NC, home of NC School for the Deaf since 1891, is a deaf friendly community and an emotional home to many deaf residents who were residential students at NCSD in their youth
  • Unique volunteer opportunities for residents including mentoring of deaf and deaf/blind students
  • Unique service learning opportunities for deaf and deaf/blind students at NCSD
  • Public transportation system with stops at often used services
  • Excellent healthcare facilities in Burke County. For a signed tour of the local hospital click on Special Edition: The Tour of Carolinas HealthCare Blue Ridge
  • Close proximity to downtown


The exceptional quality of life in Morganton is apparent from the friendliness of the town and the people living here. It’s a great place to raise a family. It’s a great place to launch a professional career, as evidenced by the large number of professionals and entrepreneurs who call Morganton home. The historic Downtown, frequently rated as one of the best small towns in the state, features charming historic buildings retrofitted for today’s lifestyle, a main street bustling with events and activity, art galleries galore and many unique boutique restaurants, coffee shops and craft breweries. Several wineries are within a 20 minute drive.

Deaf & Blind Culture

Morganton, home to the NC School for the Deaf for 120 years, is a deaf and blind friendly community with many residents, business and service professionals able to use sign language.  It offers an ideal site for the Deaf & Blind Community across the street from the City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium (CoMMA) where signed interpretations are routine. One block away is the Morganton Burke Public Library.  Less than a mile away is Western Piedmont Community College that has welcomed deaf and blind students of all ages for decades.  Two miles away are excellent healthcare facilities; for a signed tour click on Special Edition: The Tour of Carolinas HealthCare Blue Ridge. Many houses of worship are nearby and some have active ministries to the deaf.    

Surrounding Area

Morganton is in the shadows of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains (with the tallest peak east of the Mississippi River, Mt. Mitchell); is adjacent to Lake James, a pristine lake fed by three mountain rivers; features an award-winning small, southern-charm downtown; is safe, clean, quiet and yet within easy drive to Asheville and Charlotte and all the metropolitan amenities those leading North Carolina locations offer.


The convenient location, abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities and mild climate make Morganton a beautiful place to live, work and play. Winter temperatures in this community of about 17,000 people average between 40 degrees and 50 degrees (F), and summer averages range from 70 degrees to 90 degrees. Stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, including Table RockGrandfather, Hawksbill and Shortoff mountains are found everywhere.


Visible at less than one half mile away, the Clock Tower on the campus of the NC School for the Deaf is a beloved icon for deaf of all ages across North Carolina.

Western Piedmont Community College, a long standing deaf friendly educational institute is one mile away and so are Morganton's delightful parks and progressive recreation facilities including the Burke Senior Center.

Beside the Department of Public Safety and across the street from the City Auditorium. One block from the Public Library. Two blocks from Downtown and the Burke County Courthouse. All are sign language friendly.

For more, see Around Morganton

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