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Stanly County

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LAND AREA: 395.09 square miles
2013 POPULATION ESTIMATE: 60,635  
White: 84.9%
Black/African American: 11.2%    
American Indian: 0.4%        
Asian: 2.0%    
Pacific Islander:  0.3%
Two or more races: 1.2%
Hispanic/Latino: 3.9% (of any race)

From State & County QuickFacts, US Census Bureau, 2014.

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Geographic Information

REGION: Piedmont
RIVER BASIN: Yadkin-Pee Dee
NEIGHBORING COUNTIES: Anson, Cabarrus, Montgomery, Rowan, Union

Stanly County, NC

by Jay Mazzocchi, 2006

Stanly County, located in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, was formed in 1841 from Montgomery County and named for John Stanly, a Speaker of the North Carolina House of Commons and, later, a U.S. congressman. Early inhabitants of the area included the Saura (Cheraw), Keyauwee, and Tuscarora Indians, followed by German, Dutch, Scotch-Irish and English settlers. Albemarle, the county seat, was incorporated in 1857 and named for George Monck, the duke of Albemarle and one of the Lords Proprietors. Other communities in the county include Badin, Misenheimer, Richfield, New London, Locust, Stanfield, and Lambert. The Yadkin-Pee Dee River, Badin Lake, the Uwharrie Mountains, Morrow Mountain, and Little and Cucumber Creeks are a few of Stanly County's significant physical features.

Pfeiffer University, which was founded in 1885, is located in Stanly County. The county also has a variety of historic landmarks, such as the "City of Albemarle" Antique Fire Engine (1922), the Hall House (1912), and the Albemarle Town Cemetery (1844). Cultural attractions include the Stanly County Museum, the Morrow Mountain State Park and Museum, and the Uwharrie Players theater company. The county hosts annual events and festivals such as the Best of Badin Festival, Oktoberfest, the Norwood Arbor Day Festival, Beach Blast, Festival of Trees, and Downtown Albemarle Christmas.

Stanly County produces agricultural goods such as corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, forage, and cattle and other livestock. Manufactured products include yarn, aircraft tires, ladies knitwear, manufactured homes, draperies, popcorn, and circuit breakers. Gold has also historically been mined in Stanly County. The Barringer Mine (1829) introduced subsurface gold mining to North Carolina. In 2004 the county's population was an estimated 59,000.

References:

Ivey Lawrence Sharpe and Edgar Pepper Fletcher III, Stanly County, USA: The Story of an Area and an Era, 1841-1991 (1990)

Additional resources:

Stanly County Government: http://www.co.stanly.nc.us/

Stanly County Chamber of Commerce: https://stanlychamber.org/

DigitalNC, Stanly County: http://digitalnc.org/counties/stanly-county

Image credits:

Rudersdorf, Amy. 2010. "NC County Maps." Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina.

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Comments

I was on ancestry.com and I was told that my family the now spelled Stanley was given land in south Carolina by the king is this any ties to my name.

I'm not sure but if you need some tips on getting started in your genealogy research, there is some information available on the State Library of North Carolina's Government & Heritage Library's website at http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/ghl/resources/genealogy.html.

Good luck in your family history research!

Michelle Underhill

Iam looking for family tree information on the Wright families that lived in Stanley county North Carolina not referring to the Wright brothers, Aaron Wright, Zachary Taylor Wright, and others

how do i find the infomation of stanly county

Hi G'nichelle,

Thanks for visiting NCpedia and taking the time to leave your question.

Here are a couple of places to start: you can click on the link above these comments for the blue text that says "Stanly County" under Origin-Location.  This will take you to a list of all entries involving Stanly County that we have in NCpedia.  

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You can also click on the links we've added to "References" for additional information about Stanly County.

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Kelly Agan, NCpedia Staff

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