Monday, November 29, 2010

Gotta Love North Carolina Geography

I love geography, and there's nothing like driving a state end-to-end a few times or poring over state maps than getting a feel for the peculiarity of a state's history and organization. Here are some of the vagaries of cities and counties in the Old North State:

- Asheville, NC and Asheboro, NC are not in Ashe County; Asheville is in Buncombe County and Asheboro is in Randolph County
- Rockingham, NC is not in Rockingham County; it's in Richmond County
- Washington, NC is not in Washington County; it's in Beaufort County
- Beaufort, NC is not in Beaufort County; it's in Carteret County
- Halifax, NC is in Halifax County
- Pamlico, NC is in Pamlico County
- Wilson, NC is in Wilson County
- Lenoir, NC is not in Lenoir County; it's in Caldwell County
- Columbus, NC is not in Columbus County; it's in Polk County
- Greenville, Jacksonville, Yanceyville and Vanceboro are not in Greene County, Jackson County, Yancey County or Vance County; they're in Pitt, Onslow, Caswell and Craven Counties, respectively -- however, Yadkinville is in Yadkin County, Gastonia is in Gaston County, Warrenton is in Warren County, Nashville is in Nash County, Wilkesboro is in Wilkes County and Lincolnton is in Lincoln County
- Cleveland, NC is not in Cleveland County; it's in Rowan County
- Cumberland, NC is in Cumberland County
- Franklin, NC is not in Franklin County; it's in Macon County
- Hertford, NC is not in Hertford County; it's in Perquimans County
- Hendersonville, NC is in Henderson County, but Henderson, NC is in Vance County
- Madison, NC is not in Madison County; it's in Rockingham County
- Graham, NC is not in Graham County; it's in Alamance County

So -- from experience -- double-check those state maps before you assume you know what county your destination is in!

1 comment:

Rachel said...

Interesting tidbits of NC geography. Thanks for sharing!