Saxapahaw, North Carolina

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Saxapahaw, North Carolina
Location of Saxapahaw, North Carolina
Location of Saxapahaw, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°57′8″N 79°19′28″W / 35.95222°N 79.32444°W / 35.95222; -79.32444Coordinates: 35°57′8″N 79°19′28″W / 35.95222°N 79.32444°W / 35.95222; -79.32444
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
 • Total5.5 sq mi (14.3 km2)
 • Land5.2 sq mi (13.4 km2)
 • Water0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)
449 ft (137 m)
 • Total1,648
 • Density318/sq mi (122.7/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)336
FIPS code37-59580[1]
GNIS feature ID0994404[2]

Saxapahaw /sæksəpəhɔː/[3] is a census-designated place (CDP) and unincorporated area in Alamance County, North Carolina, United States. It is part of the Burlington, North Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,648 at the 2010 census.[4]


The Former Saxapahaw Spinning Mill and James Monroe Thompson House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[5] The name Saxapahaw is from the Catawban /sak'yápha:/, which is composed of /sak/ ("hill") and /yápha:/ ("step").[6]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.5 square miles (14.3 km2), of which 5.2 square miles (13.4 km2) is land and 0.35 square miles (0.9 km2), or 6.01%, is water.[4]


Ben Bulla Boy Scout Cabin in Saxapahaw

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,418 people, 541 households, and 399 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 270.1 people per square mile (104.3/km²). There were 577 housing units at an average density of 109.9 per square mile (42.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 81.24% White, 13.40% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 3.46% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.21% of the population.

There were 541 households out of which 37.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.1% were non-families. 19.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 34.2% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 7.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.4 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $37,204, and the median income for a family was $51,528. Males had a median income of $30,152 versus $27,625 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $18,055. About 7.9% of families and 9.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.1% of those under age 18 and 34.6% of those age 65 or over.


Saxapahaw, like most communities in Alamance County, was a mill town built around the community's cotton mill and along the Haw River. The first mill was built in the community in 1844 by the Quaker settler John Newlin, but was later demolished to make way for a brick structure. The current mill building was owned and operated by Dixie Yarns until 1994, when a tornado damaged the structure and operations never resumed. Building remodeling was completed in 2006 and the facility, now known as Rivermill, houses apartments.[7]

Notable people[edit]

The Haw River Ballroom[edit]

The Haw River Ballroom is a music venue set in the former Dye House of Saxapahaw’s Historic Cotton Mill. With three levels, a riverside deck, a concessions bar, a full service stage and sound system, historic detail, solar and geothermal power and a rural, renovated mill village setting. The Ballroom has hosted shows by many music acts, from Gillian Welch, to Sylvan Esso, to The Deslondes and The Wood Brothers The Ballroom sometimes works in tandem with The Cat's Cradle in Chapel Hill, NC to curate music events.

Saturdays in Saxapahaw[edit]

Saxapahaw is a growing community with an active artist community, including the Culture Mill. May through September, Saturdays in Saxapahaw includes a Farmers Market and free live music on an outdoor stage and seating in a natural amphitheatre setting above the mill.

June and July there are volunteer days at Paperhand Puppet Intervention's studio to help create living art for summer shows at The Forest Theatre on the UNC College Campus, The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, and the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ Talk Like a Tarheel, from the North Carolina Collection's website at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Saxapahaw CDP, North Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  5. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  6. ^ Bright, William (2004). Native American Placenames of the United States. University of Oklahoma Press. pp. 165, 425. ISBN 978-0-8061-3598-4.
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