Glenville, North Carolina

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Nickname(s): hamburg
Motto(s): Best smallmouth Bass fishing in the South
Glenville is located in North Carolina
Location within the state of North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°10′24″N 83°7′46″W / 35.17333°N 83.12944°W / 35.17333; -83.12944Coordinates: 35°10′24″N 83°7′46″W / 35.17333°N 83.12944°W / 35.17333; -83.12944
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Jackson
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)

Glenville is a census-designated place in Jackson County, North Carolina. It is now a popular lakeside vacation community with many second homes that sometimes are rented around Lake Glenville, which flooded and destroyed the town.


The center of Glenville is at 35°10'24"N, 83°7'45"W (35.1734296, -83.129311).


Lake Glenville

Prior to incorporation in 1891, it was named Hamburgh and later Hamburg, from which the township gets its name. The Hamburgh post office was established there in 1856, but settlement began at least as early as 1827. It was used as a fort in case of attack from the local native Cherokee people. At the time of incorporation in 1891, it was the largest town in Jackson County, a surprising fact considering it was so small. The town had a private high school, the first in Jackson County, formed in 1886 and was just like Cullowhee High School, founded in 1889 and has now become Western Carolina University. It became a public institution in 1891. In 1926, a new Glenville School was built on a hill above the town, with grades 1-11, it was the main high school for that part of the county until 1975, when Blue Ridge School opened, consolidating Cashiers Elementary and Glenville School. When the lake was filled in the 1940s, the waters were brought to the edge of the campus, making the school lakeside. It was the pride of the community but deteriorated after being abandoned and was demolished around 2000 to make way for lakeside homes. The town managed to save its church and graveyard from the lake, and they were moved not far beyond the present shoreline, today they rest lakeside. Lake Glenville is renowned for Bass fishing, it annually casts bass fishing tournaments. Smallmouth bass live abundantly in Lake Glenville, as well do lake trout, crappie, largemouth bass, bream, and perch breeds. Certain breeds of Catfish also live in the lake, mainly "channel cats." There are numerous creeks that produce the water for Lake Glenville, including: Cedar creek (Cedar Creek and Bee Tree Creek combined),Mill Creek, Hurricane Creek, and Pine Creek, as well as other natural springs consumed at the base of the lake. Lake Glenville is the highest man-made lake East of the Mississippi (Elev. approx. 3486 ft.)The majority of higher income residents are from Florida or Georgia. It is a popular area due to higher income families seeking refuge from the summer heat of the south. The average summer temperature in Glenville is Approximately 83 degrees. This is an extremely low figure compared to any area in the surrounding 100 mile radius, also the main reason for the area's high tourist populous and high land value.

The town was destroyed in 1941 by Nantahala Power and Light after it built a hydroelectric dam, forming Lake Glenville on the Tuckasegee River the town was built next to. The area is still called Glenville however, and has United States Postal Service ZIP Code 28736, assigned mostly to the many vacation homes now built around the lake. The area is now a popular tourist and second home destination, and the lake has many multimillion-dollar homes around it.[1]

In 2002, Glenville Radio Broadcasters requested the FCC to assign Glenville as the community of license for a new radio station on 105.7 (channel 289A). It appears no application for a construction permit has been made since the change to the table of allotments was approved in 2003. A counterproposal was filed by Georgia Carolina Radiocasting Company.

The town made news in 2014 when Lucy Morgan, who had retired to Glenville, exposed a $49.6 million mortgage fraud/Ponzi scheme being run by developer Domenico Rabuffo while he was in the United States Federal Witness Protection Program.[2] It was the subject of the American Greed episode "Goodfella Gone Bad".


  1. ^ The History of Jackson County Sesquicentennial Edition
  2. ^ "Florida Developer Gets 27 Years in N.C. Mortgage Fraud Scheme" by Lucy Morgan Tampa Bay Times September 30, 2014; accessed August 26, 2016

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