Midway, North Carolina

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Midway, North Carolina
Town
Official seal of Midway, North Carolina
Seal
Etymology: Its position between Winston-Salem and Lexington
Nickname(s): "Gateway to Davidson County"
Location of Midway within North Carolina
Location of Midway within North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°57′12″N 80°13′5″W / 35.95333°N 80.21806°W / 35.95333; -80.21806Coordinates: 35°57′12″N 80°13′5″W / 35.95333°N 80.21806°W / 35.95333; -80.21806
Country United States
State North Carolina
Counties Davidson
Incorporated June 29, 2006
Government
 • Mayor John Byrum
Area
 • Total 7.7 sq mi (19.9 km2)
 • Land 7.7 sq mi (19.9 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 890 ft (270 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,679
 • Density 610/sq mi (235.6/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 27107, 27127, 27295
Area code(s) 336
Website www.midway-nc.gov
Midway welcoming sign during construction on Old U.S. Hwy 52

Midway is an incorporated town in Davidson County, North Carolina, United States. It is located within the township of the same name. Midway is situated approximately 890 feet (270 m) above sea level, and as of 2010 had a population of 4,679.[1] Midway is part of the Piedmont Triad region and is neighbored by the communities of Arcadia (west), Welcome (south), Wallburg (northeast) and Winston-Salem (north). Every autumn, the town hosts the Midway Christmas Parade in celebration of the coming Christmas season.

History[edit]

Bethany Reformed and Lutheran Church Cemetery and the Hamilton Everhart Farm are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
2010 4,679
Est. 2015 4,742 [3] 1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

Etymology[edit]

The town of Midway derives its name from its relative geographic location, "midway" between the cities of Winston-Salem and Lexington. Urban sprawl and annexation by the city of Winston-Salem has muddled the logical apparency of the town's name since the city limits of Winston-Salem now share a border with Midway while Lexington's nearest border is 7 miles (11 km) away. Originally, the community which now forms the center of modern Midway was founded as "Eller" when the Eller train depot was constructed, labeled as such after members of the Eller family which resided nearby. Until incorporation in 2006, many maps still marked the area as "Eller", despite disuse of the name over time by the public, local media, and local establishments.

Post office[edit]

The town of Midway does not currently have a post office, nor a ZIP code to its name. Rather than being within the town limits, the post office with the "Midway, North Carolina", designation is found in a small community of the same name in Rockingham County, 5 miles (8 km) southwest of Reidsville. As a result, most residents of the town either use Winston-Salem or Lexington city names for mailing via the United States Postal Service.

Incorporation[edit]

The community sought incorporation from 2004-2006 to protect local identity and to prevent annexation by nearby Winston-Salem. The successful incorporation of nearby Wallburg inspired the formation of the Midway Incorporation Committee, which led the effort to make Midway a town. A petition drive in 2005 gathered the required signatures of 51 percent of the voting population within the proposed town limits. In April 2005, the city of Winston-Salem granted the incorporation committee the approval to seek incorporation with a few minor changes to the proposed town limits, a necessary step required by the North Carolina Constitution. An act of incorporation was then submitted to the North Carolina General Assembly for approval (Senate Bill S1852), which was unanimously ratified on June 29, 2006. The act passed by the General Assembly officially established the "Town of Midway", which encompasses nearly 8 square miles (21 km2); it also gave the newly formed municipality its governing document, known as a town charter. Midway is Davidson County's fifth and newest incorporated municipality. Norman Wilkes was the town's first (interim) mayor, and held the title until official elections in 2007, when George Byrum became the town's first elected mayor.

Education[edit]

Midway is home to Midway Elementary School, a K-5 grade school, which is part of the Davidson County School System. The school feeds into North Davidson Middle (grades 6-8) and North Davidson High (grades 9-12), both located in neighboring Welcome.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Midway town, North Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved November 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 

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