In 1893, twenty-nine Waldenses from the Cottian Alps of Italy arrived in Burke County, North Carolina, to pave the way for several hundred other Waldensian immigrants. In 1897, the Waldensians began to construct a Romanesque-style church that would resemble those they left in Italy and France. The building was officially completed in 1899.
^Dana E. Mintzer (May 1984). "Waldensian Presbyterian Church"(pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2014-08-01.