Tuxedo, North Carolina

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Tuxedo, North Carolina
Tuxedo is located in North Carolina
Tuxedo is located in the United States
Coordinates: 35°13′31″N 82°25′46″W / 35.22528°N 82.42944°W / 35.22528; -82.42944Coordinates: 35°13′31″N 82°25′46″W / 35.22528°N 82.42944°W / 35.22528; -82.42944[1]
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
CountyHenderson County
Elevation2,054 ft (626.0592 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern Standard Time)
 • Summer (DST)Eastern Daylight Time
ZIP code
Area code(s)828
GNIS feature ID996378

Tuxedo is an unincorporated community in Henderson County, North Carolina, United States, which was originally called Lakewood.


Tuxedo is a corruption of an Indian phrase, p tauk suttough, meaning "place of the bears."[3]


Early in the 20th century, the small town of Lakewood, North Carolina, changed its name to Tuxedo (after a town in NY State) to avoid confusion with a similarly named town in North Carolina.[4] A large mill, the Green River Manufacturing plant, employed some 250 area workers after its completion in 1910.[4] That same year, the "Tuxedo" post office was established, and remained in operation until 1993.[5] The mill, at the time called WestPoint Pepperell–Tuxedo, closed for good in 1990.[4]

Camp Arrowhead, located in Tuxedo, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.[6] Tuxedo is also home to camps Mondamin, Green Cove, Talisman, Greystone and Falling Creek Camp.


Tuxedo is located on U.S. Route 25 and U.S. Route 176 about 9 miles (14 km) north of the South Carolina border, at 2,054 feet (626 m) above sea level. It is home to North Carolina's Green River Nature Preserve.[4]

Nearby Lake Summit was formed by an impoundment of the Green River when additional power was needed for area businesses in the past.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Tuxedo". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved February 19, 2011.
  2. ^ "Tuxedo Zipcode Zipcode". Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  3. ^ Kramp, Penn (Feb 22, 1987). "Tuxedo: It's Not Formal Wear". The Times-News. p. 27. Retrieved May 23, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e History of Lake Summit & Tuxedo, NC; History of Henderson County website; The "Official site of Henderson County Tourism Development Authority;" accessed November 2015
  5. ^ "Henderson County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved May 23, 2015.
  6. ^ National Register Information System; National Register of Historic Places; National Park Service; archived July 2010.