Tar Heel, North Carolina
|Tar Heel, North Carolina|
|Nickname(s): Tar Heel|
|• Type||Mayor–council government|
|• Mayor||Roy Dew|
|• Total||0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)|
|• Land||0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||125 ft (38 m)|
|• Density||310.9/sq mi (120.0/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0995863|
Tar Heel is home to the largest pork processing plant in the world which opened in 1992, operated by Smithfield Foods and is located just north of the Town Limits.
Tar Heel is located at  Tar Heel is located on the banks of the Cape Fear River, and its major highways are NC 87 and NC 131. With Fayetteville being 25 miles to the North West, Elizabethtown 15 miles to the South East, and Lumberton 16 miles to the South West the area is excellent for residents to commute to their work. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2), all of it land.(34.732353, -78.792284).
This Farming Community has a history dating back to the American Revolutionary War. Col. Thomas Robeson, whom Robeson County was named after, lived in the Tar Heel Community. His home is located just to the east of Tar Heel. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places listings in Bladen County, North Carolina as Walnut Grove.
The town of Mayville, no longer in existence, was on the Robeson and Bladen County line and was the village mentioned in the diary of Elizabeth Ellis Robeson (1847–1866). Just when the village moved to what is now Tar Heel is unknown. During the American Civil War, Colonel Thomas Purdie and Capt Daniel Munn residents of the Tar Heel area were leaders in the war, at Gettysburg and Fort Fisher.
The Town of Tar Heel was incorporated by the State of North Carolina in 1964.
The origin of the town name is different from the nickname given to the State of North Carolina. The Town was known for the river landing. The state operated a ferry at this landing and it was a major landing for vessels that transported agriculture goods to the market in Wilmington. The major product was barrels of turpentine. Tar Heel had several turpentine stills and the remains of some of the old stills can be found in the area. The results of transporting the barrels of turpentine, leaking barrels, caused a tar like material to be found around the landing and the access to the river. When the community people talked of going to the village it was said, they were going to get tar on their heels, thus the name Tar Heel.
The town of Tar Heel is governed by a mayor/council governing body. The mayor and council are elected to 2 year terms. The town's council meets monthly. In July 2011, The town of Tar Heel made world news when it was announced that no one was running for any of the four positions on the town board. The town held the election and Roy Dew was elected mayor of Tar Heel by write-in votes in November 2011. Also elected to the town's council by write-in votes were Angela Hall, Sam Allen, and Amy Knight.
The services provided by this small rural community are:
- Street Maintenance, Sanitation Pickup for residents, and Street Lights.
- Police Protection is provide by the Bladen County Sheriff's Office.
- Fire Protection is provide by Tar Heel Rural Volunteer Fire Department
- Water services is provide by the Tar Heel Water Corporation.
Public schools, part of the Bladen County School system, in the Tar Heel Area:
- Plain View Elementary
- Tar Heel Middle School
- West Bladen High School
- Tar Heel High School consolidated with Bladenboro High School to form West Bladen High School in 2001. The Tar Heel High School records show the school was originally built in circa 1909
The Tar Heel Community is home to various churches. Below is the list of churches:
- Love Grove Baptist Church
- Tar Heel Baptist Church
- Tar Heel Free Will Church
- Beth Car Presbyterian - Listed as Historic Site,
- Clark's Chapel
- New Life Ministry
- Purdie's Methodist - The Oldest Unalter Methodist Church in North Carolina, National Register of Historic Places listings in Bladen County, North Carolina
As of the census of 2010, there are 117 people, 60 households, and 34 families residing in the town. The racial makeup of the town is White, 93% African American, 0.00% Native American, 3.4% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.00% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. 5.1% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
To review the 2010 Census ratios visit www.zip-codes.com
- Tar Heel - an expression that was used during the civil war and became the origin of the state's nickname - even though similar is not the origin of the town.
- An American Trilogy (book)
- "Cape Fear Region Results". Fayetteville Observer. November 9, 2011.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- 'No one signs up to run for office in Tar Heel', WECT, July 15, 2011 
- Associated Press, 'No one bothers to run in small NC town's election', in the Albuquerque Journal, July 15, 2011 
- Associated Press, 'No one bothers to run in small NC town's election', in The Sacramento Bee, July 15, 2011