NC Culture thought it would be fun to do a post on each county in NC, with a little info on what might be available, and links to help people who may be planning a visit. So our posts will be full of links, more than anything else, to kind of give you an idea of what to expect! We originally had planned to do a full post on the history, etc, of each county, but found that this was just too involved for the size of our newsletter. So we hope that people will feel free to add any sites in the comment section that they feel might be of interest, and we hope this supplies a good starting spot for you all.
Things to do in Alamance County on Facebook
Alamance County, NC homepage
National Register of Historic Places listings in Alamance County, North Carolina
Alamance County, NC Points of interest, and a little brief history:
Graham, county seat, : Named for NC governor William A. Graham
At one point Alamance was part of Orange County. It was too difficult for most to get to county seats in such large counties, so there was redistricting. Alamance formed by breaking away from Orange in 1849.
Wikepedia” Incorporated towns
- Alamance -the smallest town in Alamance County, population 357
Village of Alamance website
“”Our Village of approximately 800 residents is located in Southern Alamance County along the Greater Alamance Creek. We are proud to have been the first mill south of the Potomac River to weave multi-colored plaid cloth.
The Holt’s and the Shoffner’s were two of the families instrumental in establishing the community and in the building of the now historic homes. The Holt’s were the ones to establish the mill and in bringing the plaid making procedure to the area. From this first mill in Alamance grew many of the mills in the surrounding area. The Village of Alamance was established in 1837 and incorporated as a Town in 1979. Some of the original mill homes are still standing and have recently been named to the National Historic Registry as well as the dam that provided the water for the power to the mill.”
– Mayor, Cathera R. Bundren
- Burlington – the largest city in Alamance County, population 50,857
City of Burlington Government page on Facebook
- Elon – formerly called “Elon College”, population 7,060
Town of Elon on Facebook
Elon University in Elon
- Gibsonville – a town shared with Guilford County, population 4,738 (Known as the City of Roses)
Gibsonville Museum on Facebook
The Gibsonville Museum is open on the third Saturday of each month, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. “History of the Gibsonville Gold Mine” is currently available for public viewing this spring and summer. A new exhibit for Fall 2013-Winter 2014 is in the planning stages (Gibsonville School is a contender). In addition, the Museum will be open during these special events in Gibsonville: Fall Festival: 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 11, 2014 & Lighting of the Green: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Friday, November 21, 2014.
GIBSONVILLE OUTDOOR MARKET & DEPOT STAGE ENTERTAINMENT
Coordinated by the Town of Gibsonville
Date of Events: Saturdays from May to November
Times: 8AM – 4PM for outdoor market & 6PM – 8PM for Depot Stage entertainment (please see Depot Stage section for dates & times of specific events)
click on: http://www.gibsonville.net
Town of Graham official page
Children’s Museum of Alamance in Graham
- Green Level – incorporated in 1990, population 2,149
Town of Green Level official page
Town of Haw River official page
- Mebane – a city shared with Orange County, population 10,624
Mebane official page
Information, rentals, fees and reservations (closed November through March) (919) 563-4573 or (919)563 – 3629. Lake Michael is technically in Orange County, and the street address is: 7300 Lebanon Road.
- Ossipee – a small town in northwestern Alamance County, population 467
Ossipee official page
- Swepsonville – a mill town located on the banks of the Haw River, population 1,053
Town of Swepsonville official page
Unincorporated towns: wikepedia
Over 54,000 people do not live in an incorporated community in Alamance County.
- Altamahaw – Sister community to Ossipee
Home to Ace Speedway
Ace Speedway on Facebook
Saxapahaw is well known for its’ diversity. The River Mill Village page has ample information on this area, and another popular spot is the Haw River Ballroom, which draws a large crowd consistently. Interested in canoeing? You might want to check out the Haw River Canoe and Kayak Company. too.
Haw River Ballroom on Facebook
Haw River Canoe and Kayak Company on Facebook
Snow Camp Outdoor Theatre: yearly presents “Sword of Peace” and “Pathway to Freedom”, two of North Carolina’s popular outdoor dramas.
Ghost towns: Wikepedia
According to a 1975 study of the history of post offices in North Carolina history by Treasure Index, Alamance County has 27 ghost towns that existed in the 18th and 19th centuries that no longer exist. Additionally, five other post offices no longer exist. These towns and their post offices were either abandoned as organized settlements, or were absorbed into the larger communities that now make up Alamance County.
- Albright – site located approximately 1-mile (1.6 km) south of exit 153 on Interstate 40
- Carney – Near the site of Cedarock Park
- Cane Creek
- Cedarcliff – located between Swepsonville and Saxapahaw
- Clover Orchard – approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) northeast of Snow Camp
- Curtis (Curtis Mills) – located approximately 1/2 mile southeast of the current village of Alamance
- Glenddale – site approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Pleasant Grove near the Alamance-Caswell county line
- Hartshorn – about 1½ miles south southeast of the Alamance Battleground Historic Site
- Holmans Mills – site approximately 1-mile (1.6 km) east of Snow Camp
- Iola – about 3 miles (4.8 km) east of Altamahaw nearly due north of Glencoe
- Lacey – Located about 1-mile (1.6 km) east of Eli Whitney
- Leota – approximately 1-mile (1.6 km) south of Eli Whitney
- Loy – Located at the northern base of Bass Mountain
- Maywood – approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) northeast of Altamahaw
- McCray (McRay) – located about 2 miles (3.2 km) east-northeast of Glencoe
- Melville – Located approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) west-southwest of the intersection of Interstate 40 and NC Highway 119
- Morton’s Store – approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Altamahaw
- Nicholson – Located near the Intersection of NC Highway 87 and Bellemont-Mount Hermon Road
- Oakdale – Located in the southwest of the county, near the intersection of NC Highway 49 and Greensboro-Chapel Hill Road
- Pleasant Grove – Located in the far northeast part of the county, 2 miles (3.2 km) east-northeast of the current community of Pleasant Grove
- Pleasant Lodge – Located 1-mile (1.6 km) to the west of the site of Oakdale, near the Alamance-Guilford county line
- Rock Creek – located 4 miles (6.4 km) due south of Alamance
- Shallow Ford – Located 1-mile (1.6 km) east of Ossipee
- Shady Grove
- Stainback – Located about 2 miles (3.2 km) east-northeast of Green Level
- Sutpin – on the same latitude as Snow Camp, approximately halfway between Snow Camp and Eli Whitney
- Union Ridge – near the east bank of Lake Cammack, about 3 miles (4.8 km) from the Alamance-Caswell county line
- Vincent – Located 2 miles (3.2 km) north-northeast of Pleasant Grove
Most, but not all, information in this post via Wikepedia.