Hawfields, North Carolina

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Hawfields, North Carolina
Unincorporated community
Hawfields, North Carolina is located in North Carolina
Hawfields, North Carolina
Location of Hawfields in North Carolina
Coordinates: 36°03′32″N 79°18′22″W / 36.05889°N 79.30611°W / 36.05889; -79.30611Coordinates: 36°03′32″N 79°18′22″W / 36.05889°N 79.30611°W / 36.05889; -79.30611
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Alamance
Elevation[1] 653 ft (199 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 919
GNIS feature ID 1020642[1]

Hawfields is an unincorporated community in Alamance County, North Carolina, United States.

Hawfields was first populated by Ulster Irish and Western African immigrants as early as the 17th century but a firm establishment was not achieved until 1740-1750 and was originally called "Haw Old Fields" by the settlers because of the Haw River which runs partially through Hawfields and neighboring Mebane. Haw River itself is named so because of the Sissipihaw Indians who settled in the entire county of Alamance which is named for a Sissipaw word for the blue mud found at the bottom of the river.

Hawfields is located on North Carolina Highway 119, southeast of Mebane. It is one of the oldest communities in Alamance County, being referenced in historical works on the Sissipahaw. It is the site of the oldest church in Alamance County - Hawfields Presbyterian Church, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. This church was the seat of Orange Presbytery, which was formed in 1770.[2]

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