Albemarle NC is in Stanly County.
August 19, 2016
Albemarle NC is the county seat of Stanly County in North Carolina, previously part of Montgomery County. This Main Street community entails about 16 square miles and rests basically on a hill at an elevation of about 500 feet. The population of Albemarle is around 16,000 as of the year 2010. It rose from about 250 people in the 1890s to 4,000 in 1940. By 1950 the population had swelled nearly 200% to 11,800!
Situated beside the Uwharrie Mountains, the town's name comes
from the town of Aumale in France meaning white and marlstone or
Albemarle's first inhabitants were the hunter-gathers from ten millennia ago. During the 1700s central European immigrants arrived (mainly Germans, Irish, and Dutch) from the northern states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. More arrived from the eastern part of North Carolina and Virginia.
One of the first homes, the Freeman-Marks House was built in the 1820s and a post office went up in 1826 in the Albemarle area at Smith's Store, where intersecting routes from Raleigh to Charlotte and Fayetteville to Salisbury met. At the time, this area was part of Montgomery County. That changed in 1841 with the creation of Stanly County, which encompassed the western portion of the Pee Dee River.
In 1842 a courthouse was built upon 51 acres of land donated by Nancy Hearne at the intersection (previously known as Old Turnpike and Old Stage Roads, but today locally called the Square). Fifteen years later the town as incorporated and named Albemarle, in honor of the state's first county and the Duke of Albemarle, George Monck, who was granted the land of Carolina in 1663 from the King of England. The original 50-acre tract was portioned into 72 equal lots of land for commercial development. Much of the trade for the day was through saddle makers and blacksmiths.
Several textile mills opened in Albemarle during the late 1800s, including the Cannon Mill Company, Lillian Knitting Mill, Wiscasset Mill Company, and Efird Mills.
Another courthouse was erected in 1893 on present day's mini park. It served the community of Albemarle NC for 80 years, replaced in 1973 by the current courthouse at South Second Street.
The railroad arrived in 1891, ferrying passengers to and from
Salisbury. And, by 1911 the Winston-Salem Southbound Railway had a
line coming through town. Today, the Old Market Street Station is
used as a farmer's market.
A bank was built in 1899 by the Wiscassett Mills Company. This was followed by a new high school, movie theatre, church and opera house
By 1923, the town of Albemarle had a paved highway leading to Charlotte.
Albemarle is surrounded by rolling hills, forests, and small streams as part of the Yadkin/Pee Dee River Basin.
Kellie Pickler, the American Idol contestant during 2006 is from Albemarle NC.
As for demographics, Albemarle has a 68% white population, 22% African American, 4% Hispanic, and 3% Asian. 77% of those at least 25 years of age have a high school diploma, while 20% hold a Bachelor's degree, and 5% a Graduate degree.
The Zip Codes for Albemarle NC are 28001 and 28002.
Albemarle is located in Stanley County. The area was previously inhabited by native American from as far back as 8,000 BC. During the 1700s immigrants from Holland, England, and Germany arrived from the Northeastern part of America. Stanley County was included in the New Hanover Precinct and Bladen Precinct from the 1730s. Bladen County was then partitioned, creating Anson and Montgomery Counties later that century.
In 1841, Stanly County was created from part of Montgomery County, including the lands west of the Pee Dee River. It consists of 404 square miles, including 9 square miles of water. Stanly County is named in honor of John Stanly, a political figure in the state of North Carolina.
Stanly County entails the cities of Albemarle, Badin, Stanfield, Oakboro, Norwood, Locust, Richfield, Red Cross, New London, and Misenheimer. Pfeiffer University and Stanly Community College is located in the county.
Towns close to Albemarle include...
MOUNT PLEASANT, NC
NEW LONDON, NC
MOUNT GILEAD, NC
GOLD HILL, NC
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The weather in Albemarle NC is about average, with July high temperatures in the upper 80's, and lows in the upper 60's. In December and January, the highs are typically around 50 degrees F., and the lows average 28. Albemarle receives about 4 inches of precipitation monthly, with about 10 inches of snow in December and January... more