Tuxedo, North Carolina

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Unincorporated community
Tuxedo, North Carolina is located in North Carolina
Tuxedo, North Carolina
Tuxedo, North Carolina is located in the US
Tuxedo, North Carolina
Location of Tuxedo in North Carolina
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]
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Henderson County
 • Type Democracy
Elevation[1] 2,054 ft (626 m)
Time zone Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5)

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."[2]


Early in the 20th century, the small town of Lakewood, North Carolina, changed its name to Tuxedo (after a park in New York City) to avoid confusion with a similarly named town in North Carolina.[3] A large mill, the Green River Manufacturing plant, employed some 250 area workers after its completion in 1910.[3] That same year, the "Tuxedo" post office was established, and remained in operation until 1993.[4] The mill, at the time called WestPoint Pepperell–Tuxedo, closed for good in 1990.[3]

Camp Arrowhead, located in Tuxedo, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.[5] 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.[3]

Nearby Lake Summit was formed by an impoundment of the Green River when additional power was needed for area businesses in the past.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Tuxedo". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved February 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ Kramp, Penn (Feb 22, 1987). "Tuxedo: It's Not Formal Wear". The Times-News. p. 27. Retrieved May 23, 2015. 
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ "Henderson County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved May 23, 2015. 
  5. ^ National Register Information System; National Register of Historic Places; National Park Service; archived July 2010.