Wadesboro, North Carolina
|Wadesboro, North Carolina|
Location of Wadesboro, North Carolina
|• Mayor||Bill Thacker|
|• Total||6.32 sq mi (16.37 km2)|
|• Land||6.31 sq mi (16.34 km2)|
|• Water||0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)|
|Elevation||512 ft (156 m)|
|• Density||922/sq mi (355.8/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0996663|
Wadesboro is located at (34.9681, -80.0715).
Originally called "Newtown", the town was renamed in 1783 in honor of Colonel Thomas Wade after his service with the Minutemen in the Revolutionary War.
In 1900, scientists determined that Wadesboro would be the best location in North America for viewing an expected total solar eclipse. The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, then based in Washington, D.C., loaded several railroad cars with scientific equipment and headed to the town.
As of the census of 2010, there were 5,813 people, 2,303 households, and 1,428 families residing in the town. The population density was 921.2 people per square mile (355.8/km²). There were 2,692 housing units at an average density of 426.6 per square mile (164.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 35.6% White, 60.7% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.4% Asian, 0.9% some other race, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.
There were 2,303 households out of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.1% were headed by married couples living together, 25.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.0% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.3% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40, and the average family size was 3.09.
In the town the population was spread out with 24.6% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 23.1% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 19.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.8 years. For every 100 females there were 81.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.5 males.
For the period 2007-11, the estimated median annual income for a household in the town was $32,550, and the median income for a family was $34,522. Male full-time workers had a median income of $38,385 versus $29,297 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,055. About 19.0% of families and 22.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.1% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over.
Filmmaking in Wadesboro
Steven Spielberg filmed The Color Purple in a large white farmhouse known as the Huntley House / James Bennett Plantation in nearby Lilesville. Located a few miles off U.S. Highway 74, it was used extensively as the main exterior location in that film. Most of the town scenes were done in Marshville; the store is an actual store called Apple Jacks and dirt was laid over the pavement during filming.
The film Evil Dead II was shot in Wadesboro, and the Huntley House became the production office for the film. Most of Evil Dead II was filmed in the woods near that farmhouse, or J.R. Faison Junior High School, which is where the interior cabin set was located.
- Thomas Samuel Ashe, congressman from North Carolina; practiced law in Wadesboro
- Risden Tyler Bennett, congressman
- Tom Brewer, baseball player
- John Culpepper, congressman from North Carolina
- Edmund Strother Dargan, congressman from Alabama and representative to the Confederate States Congress during the American Civil War
- Thomas F. Davis, fifth Episcopal bishop of South Carolina; was deacon at Calvary Church in Wadesboro
- Ed Emory, football player and coach
- Blind Boy Fuller, musician
- John Gaddy, baseball player
- Pryor A. Gibson, III, eight-term member of North Carolina General Assembly
- John T. Henley, member of the North Carolina House of Representatives and North Carolina Senate
- Cedrick Holt, football player
- Alvin Paul Kitchin, congressman from North Carolina; practiced law in Wadesboro
- Leon Levine, founder of Family Dollar variety store chain
- James A. Lockhart, congressman from North Carolina; lived in Wadesboro
- Sylvester "Junkyard Dog" Ritter, professional wrestler
- Cornelius Robinson, member of Provisional Confederate Congress
- Leonidas D. Robinson, congressman from North Carolina
- Will Robinson, basketball player
- Trinton Sturdivant, football player
- Hoyt Patrick Taylor, 21st Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina; former mayor of Wadesboro
- Hoyt Patrick Taylor, Jr., Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives and 26th Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina
- William L. Terry, congressman from Arkansas
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