Whynot, North Carolina

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Whynot, North Carolina
Unincorporated community
Whynot, North Carolina is located in North Carolina
Whynot, North Carolina
Location of Whynot in North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°42′55″N 79°48′47″W / 35.71528°N 79.81306°W / 35.71528; -79.81306Coordinates: 35°42′55″N 79°48′47″W / 35.71528°N 79.81306°W / 35.71528; -79.81306
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Randolph
Elevation[1] 604 ft (184 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip code 27341
Area code(s) 336
GNIS feature ID 1016647[1]

Whynot, North Carolina is an unincorporated community in Randolph County, North Carolina, United States, and is included in the Piedmont Triad metropolitan region.[2] Whynot is located on NC 705, also known as the "North Carolina Pottery Highway",[3] one mile southeast of Seagrove and seven miles west of Jugtown Pottery, a historic pottery listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4] The North Carolina Pottery Highway contains over 100 potteries and galleries in a 15-square mile (30 km²) region surrounding Seagrove.[5]

Whynot was first settled in the 18th century by German and English people, along with the nearby communities of Steeds, Sophia, Erect, Hemp, and Lonely.[6] The origin of the name came from residents debating a title for their community. A man asked "Why not name the town Whynot and let's go home?"[7][8][9] The community was originally spelled with two separate words, "Why Not".[10] Area residents first began making pottery in the 18th century.[11] The Why Not Academy and Business Institute, a combination public and private school, was located in the community from 1893 to 1916.[12][13]

Whynot is home to several Seagrove area pottery shops including Dirtworks Pottery, Tom Gray Pottery, Dixieland Pottery, Marsh Pottery, Kovack Pottery, Michele Hastings & Jeff Brown Pottery, and Whynot Pottery.[6][14]


The current Fairgrove Methodist Church was once home to Whynot Wesleyan Church. It is now the meeting place of the Whynot Memorial Association. A grave yard sets just across the road from the church and is the resting place of many former residents.


The people who live in the community are friendly Christian people. While the residents of Whynot along with Seagrove are more friendlier compared to the residents of nearby Robbins, Asheboro, or Biscoe. The people know most of their neighbors and the setting is almost comparable with the town of Mayberry on the Andy Griffith Show


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  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Whynot, North Carolina. Retrieved on 2008-06-18.
  2. ^ Ridpath, John (1897). The Standard American Encyclopedia of Arts, Sciences, History, Biography, Geography, Statistics, and General Knowledge. Encyclopedia Publishing Company, Harvard University. p. 3287. 
  3. ^ Cissna, Bill (2005-05-15). "Follow 'Pottery Highway' into Carolina haven steeped in clay". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  4. ^ "North Carolina - Moore County". nationalregisterofhistoricalplaces.com. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  5. ^ "Seagrove, NC- The Little Town That Could". Carolina Arts. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  6. ^ a b Brown, Charlotte (2006). The Remarkable Potters of Seagrove: The Folk Pottery of a Legendary. Sterling Publishing. p. 13. ISBN 1-57990-634-6. 
  7. ^ Sharpe, Bill (1954). A New Geography of North Carolina. Sharpe Publishing Company, University of Michigan. p. 1036. 
  8. ^ Kuralt, Charles (1985). On the road with Charles Kuralt. Putnam. p. 181. ISBN 0-399-13087-X. 
  9. ^ Leslie, Bill (2008-02-19). "Wrath of Lizard Lick". WRAL. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  10. ^ "North Carolina State Archives - Postal History Project". North Carolina Office of Archives and History. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  11. ^ Ruhlman, Michael (1985-12-15). "Shopper's World - Carolina Pottery, Shaped By Tradition". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  12. ^ "Inventory of the Auman Family Papers, 1795-2004 - Collection Number 4401". University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  13. ^ Patterson, Homer (1916). Patterson's American education. Educational Directories, New York Public Library. p. 579. 
  14. ^ Lancaster, H Martin (2004-11-04). "Making It New In Community Colleges". North Carolina Community College System. Archived from the original on 2008-06-13. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Why Not, North Carolina, by William T. Auman and Minnie S. Stuart, Why Not Memorial Association, 1986.