Weaverville, North Carolina
|Weaverville, North Carolina|
Main Street, Weaverville 2009
Location of Weaverville, North Carolina
|• Total||3.44 sq mi (8.92 km2)|
|• Land||3.44 sq mi (8.90 km2)|
|• Water||0.008 sq mi (0.02 km2)|
|Elevation||2,169 ft (661 m)|
|• Density||908/sq mi (350.7/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0996908|
Weaverville is located in northern Buncombe County at  Interstate 26, concurrent with U.S. Routes 23 and 19, runs along the western edge of the town, with access from exits 18, 19, and 21. I-26 leads south 9 miles (14 km) to downtown Asheville and 51 miles (82 km) north to Johnson City, Tennessee. U.S. Routes 25 and 70 head west from Exit 19, leading 52 miles (84 km) to Newport, Tennessee.(35.695809, -82.558444).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.9 km2), of which 0.008 square miles (0.02 km2), or 0.24%, is water, including a man-made lake on the southern outskirts of town named Lake Louise.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,416 people, 1,008 households, and 690 families residing in the town. The population density was 954.2 people per square mile (368.7/km²). There were 1,081 housing units at an average density of 426.9 per square mile (165.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.69% White, 1.28% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.41% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.16% of the population.
There were 1,008 households out of which 25.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.8% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.76.
In the town the population was spread out with 19.1% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 23.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 83.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.9 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $45,110, and the median income for a family was $52,731. Males had a median income of $35,577 versus $24,613 for females. The per capita income for the town was $24,517. About 2.1% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.8% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.
Weaverville is located 9 miles (14 km) north of downtown Asheville, and many residents of Weaverville work in that larger city. However, Weaverville has an economy of its own which includes manufacturing. A branch of Arvato Digital Services, formerly Sonopress - the world's second-largest replicator of CDs and DVDs - operates a facility in Weaverville and employs many of its residents.
As of 2009, the Wal-Mart and Lowes have been in operation off Highway 25-70. Other tenants in this shopping center include GameStop, an ABC store, HomeTrust Bank, and U.S. Cellular. The shopping center serves local residents as well as those in neighboring areas such as Madison and Yancey counties.
Chartered in 1875 and named for Michael Montraville Weaver who gave the land for the town, Weaverville sits along the Dry Ridge (named by the Indians for its relatively arid conditions). The Treaty of Holston signed in 1786 cleared the way for settlers to move into the area. Among the first settlers were John and Elizabeth Weaver, parents of the town's founder. Early residents, friends and relatives soon began gathering for religious camp meetings near the south end of College Street. On land first known as the Reems Creek Camp Grounds, a large conference house (built in 183_) housed the Methodist assembly which became the first school in the area in 1840.
Strong traditions of education and religion are still practiced by area residents. By 1862, 121 families were in the Reems Creek area, many owning more than 1,000 acres (400 ha). Weaverville College, chartered in 1873, attracted many families. The former president's house is now the Dry Ridge Bed and Breakfast. A four-year college, it was downsized in 1912 to junior college status, merging in 1934 with Rutherford and Brevard Colleges to continue in Brevard. In 1912 a public school (grades 1-7) was located at the west end of Church Street. The first full-time public school on Main Street was established in 1921. In 1927 grades 11-12 attended school in the Robinsom-Lotspeich house (now the Inn on Main Street Bed and Breakfast). Weaverville High School, built by the WPA in 1927, opened on the south end of Main Street, but later merged secondary-school operations with four other area schools (Flat Creek, Red Oak, French Broad, and Barnardsville) in 1954 to form North Buncombe High School.
Business and private residences were built along Main Street. Dr. J.A. Reagan was the first mayor, and with a town council Weaverville began to develop roads and walkways. A police chief developed law and order. With the arrival of electricity and the arrival of an electric trolley the town prospered. Land development boomed. Post offices, starting in 1860, were located in McClure's log cabin, Vandiver's Store (now Blue Mountain Pizza) and Shope's Furniture. A new post office was completed in 2001 on North Main.
The Fire Department was established in 1912, with the first truck purchased in 1922. A fire station was built in 1958 on Merchants Alley, behind the 12 N. Main Town Hall. It moved into the Reagan Building on S. Main Street and then finally onto Monticello Road.
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