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The utopian dream of Jetter Andrew Barker, Jr. was manifested in Iredell County during the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s. Love Valley, an experiment in utopian communal living, has seen its heyday and today provides a relatively conventional atmosphere.
Love Valley is the boyhood dream of Jetter Andrew Barker, Jr., who grew up wanting to build an old West town. In 1954, in the western North Carolina mountains, his dream became a reality in Love Valley. Buildings are required to look one hundred years old; cars are prohibited on main streets; and residents observe the Code of the West. Barker, now 76, has been mayor since 1954.