North Carolina-Iredell County-June 15

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-June 15

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

Two interesting things about Iredell County that I have seen repeated before with other North Carolina Counties. Namesake for Iredell county was James Iredell one of the original US Supreme Court Justices. He did not live in that area and was actually from Edenton. The other repeating theme is the county was carved out of some other pre-existing North Carolina county. In Iredell’s case it is Rowan County.

Map of Iredell County shown below in red.


Iredell population is around 160,000 residents and has seen population increase hovering around 30% the last two decades. In 1990 the population of the county was just 92,000. The county seat of Iredell is Statesville.

Photo of the courthouse in Statesville, NC which was built in 1899.


Iredell County is one of the longest counties in North Carolina and stretches for nearly fifty miles north to south from Yadkin County in the north to Mecklenburg in the south. It also has the distinction of bordering nine other North Carolina Counties including:


The University of North Carolina owes it loyalty to a former resident of Iredell County. William Sharpe (1742-1818), was born in Maryland, but resided in Statesville, and he was one of the first to advocate for a university in North Carolina.

william sharpe

He proposed an unsuccessful bill in 1784 to establish a public college in the state. Almost a decade later in 1793 construction of the University of North Carolina was started. Much of Sharpe’s work in the North Carolina legislature resulted in its creation.

Good article on Sharpe’s life






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