North Carolina-Stanly County-October 22

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-October 22

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.

Stanly County was formed in 1841 when it was carved out of Montgomery County. Map of Stanly County is outlined in red in map below. It’s borders touch 6 other NC counties including Rowan, Davidson, Montgomery, Anson, Union, and Cabarrus.


Stanly County, named for the notable North Carolina politician John Stanly, was established from Montgomery in 1841. Morrow Mountain, the Uwharrie Mountains, and the Yadkin-Pee Dee River are impressive physical characteristics within Stanly County.

Stanly County also has history with gold mining. In 1825, Mathias Barringer discovered gold on his property, near present-day Pfeiffer University. A few years later, the Barringer Mine opened and it was the first mine to use vein or subsurface mining in the state of North Carolina.

New London’s Cotton Patch Mine was part of the gold rush in the 1800s, and even today people visit to pan the surrounding creeks in search of the illusive mineral.




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