Moncure, North Carolina
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Moncure, founded in 1881 is a small unincorporated rural community in southeastern Chatham County, North Carolina. The community is located near the confluence of the Deep and Haw Rivers, which forms the Cape Fear River. Moncure once served as the western-most inland port in the state, linked all the way to the coast by steamships.
The B. Everett Jordan Lake Dam is located just north of Moncure and the area is home to much of Chatham County's heavy industry, including Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant and several plywood and lumber plants. The latitude of Moncure is 35.622N. The longitude is -79.078W. It is in the Eastern Standard (GMT-5) time zone, at an elevation of 213 feet. The estimated population of the village is 500, depending on where one draws the limits. The estimated population of the Moncure Fire District is approximately 3,025.
Moncure is home to a post office and two convenience stores and an ABC store, with the ZIP Code of 27559. The Moncure Volunteer Fire Department provides fire protection for the area. The department was founded May 4, 1966. There are two stations. Station 8 in Moncure at 2389 Old US 1 and Station 14 on Corinth Road at the intersection of Highway 42. The Moncure Fire Department Ladies auxiliary is the only active auxiliary in Chatham County.
Moncure and the nearby town of Pittsboro also have an active artistic community. The Moncure Museum of Modern Art (whose logo and abbreviation, MMoA, reference the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, is located within the town of Moncure. It was the project of local artist and businessman, Lyle Estill
Founding- Moncure was founded in 1881 by Thomas Jefferson Moncure, Benjamin Gunter Womble (February 17, 1841-February 15, 1916), Jake Wisseler, and James Everett Bryan. Thomas Moncure was an engineer for the Seaboard Railroad. Benjamin Womble was a Confederate Veteran, owner of the Womble Hotel, and Post Master of Moncure for 30 years. The old Post Office now resides behind the Eileen Cotten Home (formerly the Worthy and Esther Womble Pendergrass home, and children Beverly and Eileen). Esther Womble Pendergrass was the daughter of Benjamin Gunter Womble. This information is from an article published in the Sanford Herald-March 26, 1969.
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