Falls, North Carolina

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Coordinates: 35°56′24″N 78°34′46″W / 35.94000°N 78.57944°W / 35.94000; -78.57944Falls, North Carolina, is an unincorporated community in Wake County, North Carolina on Old Falls of Neuse Road, between Raleigh and Wake Forest, near the Wakefield Plantation development. Falls Dam, on the Neuse River, is within the community. It lies at an elevation of 210 feet (64 m).[1]


The community was founded in the 1850s, with the construction of a paper mill on the Neuse River at the site.[2] It was named for the now-submerged Falls of the Neuse, which were the reason for building the mill. The community grew around the intersection of Falls of Neuse Rd, Fonville Rd, and Possum Track Rd. At its peak, the community contained three churches, a fire department, a school, a ballfield, and an icehouse.[3]

The community began its decline after the mill shut down in 1959. In 1981, Falls Dam was completed, flooding Possum Track Rd and dividing the community in half.[4]

The Falls of the Neuse Manufacturing Company was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[5] It has since been converted into an apartment complex.[6]


Falls borders the Wakefield Plantation and Bedford developments in Raleigh. It is at the corner of four townships: New Light, Bartons Creek, Neuse, and Wake Forest. Local subdivisions include The Falls, River Run, Woodbridge, Oakcroft, and Falls Pointe.

Falls Dam is in the community, as well as the beginning to the Neuse River Greenway. Religious organizations include Falls Baptist Church, Falls Of Neuse Pentecostal Holiness Church, and Falls of Neuse Church of God. Wakefield High School is located just outside the community.[7]


  1. ^ "GNIS Detail - Falls". geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  2. ^ Catherine W. Bishir and Brent D. Glass (n.d.). "Falls of the Neuse Manufacturing Company". National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
  3. ^ Barham, Paul T. "Falls Community Website - Wake County, North Carolina". www.fallscommunity.org. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  4. ^ Steddum, Janet (2007). Battle for Falls Lake. Falls Lake, NC.
  5. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  6. ^ "River Mill - About". www.rivermill.org. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  7. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 2018-04-23.