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Encyclopedia > Seagrove, North Carolina

Seagrove is a town in Randolph County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 246 at the 2000 census. The name is derived from a railroad official. Location in the state of North Carolina Formed 1779 Seat Asheboro Area  - Total  - Water 2,046 km² (790 mi²) 7 km² (3 mi²) 0. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 500 miles (805 km)  - Length 150 miles (240 km)  - % water 9. ...


Seagrove is notable for its many potteries, and it is sometimes referred to as the "pottery capital of North Carolina", or even of the world. In this usage, the name Seagrove not only refers to the town proper, but includes several other communities that are part of the pottery tradition. Over 100 potteries are located in Seagrove and the neighboring towns of Star, Whynot, Erect, Westmoore, and Robbins. Seagrove is also home to the North Carolina Pottery Center, which was established on November 7, 1998 and has since received visitors from all 50 states and at least 20 foreign countries. Unfired green ware pottery on a traditional drying rack at Conner Prairie living history museum. ... Star is a town located in Montgomery County, North Carolina. ... Robbins is a city located in Moore County, North Carolina. ...

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History

Seagrove was named for Edwin G. Seagroves, a railroad official who was responsible for routing a railroad through the area. According to local sources, after a unanimous decision to name the railroad station after Seagroves, the town name resulted from a sign painter running out of space and simply dropping the 's' from the end of the name. The railroad served Seagrove until December 31, 1951. The old train depot later became a pottery museum. This is the top-level page of WikiProject trains Rail tracks Rail transport refers to the land transport of passengers and goods along railways or railroads. ...


Plank Road

In 1849, construction began of Plank Road, which was 129 miles (208 km) long and made of planks 8 feet (2.4 m) wide, eight feet (2.4 m) long, 9 to 16 inches (230 to 410 mm) wide, and 3 inches (76 mm) thick. The road carried horseback riders, wagons, and stagecoaches. A toll was charged of one cent per mile (1.6 km) for a wagon and four horses. Toll revenues later declined after construction of the railroad, and by 1862 much of Plank Road was abandoned. 1849 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... A mile is any of a number of units of distance, each in the magnitude of 1–10 km. ... This article is about a foot as a unit of length. ... Mid-19th century tool for converting between different standards of the inch An inch is an Imperial unit of length. ... The word toll has several meanings. ... A two cent euro coin A United States cent In currency, the cent is a monetary unit that equals th of the basic unit of value. ... 1862 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ...


Seagrove School

A school funded by members of the community was established on April 3, 1911. The school moved to a new site in 1918 and again in 1926. The school burned on March 24, 1934, and was subsequently rebuilt. Seagrove accepted students from elementary to high school until the fall of 1970, when the high school students began attending the new Southwestern Randolph High School. In the fall of 1990, Seagrove students in the 6th through 8th grades began attending Southwestern Randolph Middle School. Today, the school is known as Seagrove Elementary School and houses students only from Kindergarten until the 5th grade.


Pottery

Seagrove's pottery tradition dates back to the 1700s, before the American Revolution. Many of the first Seagrove potters were English and German immigrants, and they primarily produced functional, glazed earthenware. Due to the high quality of the local clay, the Plank Road passing through the town, and, later, the railroad, Seagrove became known for its pottery. Earthenware is a particularly common type of ceramic material and is used extensively for tableware and decorative objects. ...


The popularity of Seagrove pottery was severely reduced due to the Industrial Revolution and the advent of modern food preparation. For a time whisky jugs were a successful source of income, but the beverage was outlawed and potteries continued their decline in the early 1900s. A Watt steam engine in Madrid. ... Whisky (or whiskey) is the name for a broad category of alcoholic beverages distilled from grains, that are subsequently aged in oak casks. ...


The potteries struggled until around 1920, when they became popular with Northern tourists visiting nearby Pinehurst. The new tourist industry marked a general change from utilitarian pottery to more decorative ware. Pinehurst, is a village located in Moore County, North Carolina. ...


After another decline from the 1950's through 1970's a renewed interest in traditional pottery was beginning to sweep the area, and in 1982 a group of concerned individuals founded the North Carolina Museum of Traditional Pottery and organized the Seagrove Pottery Festival, an annual event held each year the weekend before Thanksgiving.


The Cole,Potts, King, Auman, Owen, McNeill, Teague, Luck and Albright families are eighth- and ninth-generation potters in Seagrove who continue this tradition.


Pinto Beans

While known for pottery Seagrove also has a tradition in food products and was home for many years to Luck's Incorporated. Founded as Mountainview Cannery in the 1950's by Ivey B. Luck, Alfred Spencer & H. Clay Presnell. Spencer & Presnell later sold out to Luck and the establishment became known as Luck's. Luck's specialized in pinto beans and other canned vegetables and food products and employed many Seagrove families. Bought out by American Home Products and then later by Conagra Products the Luck's plant closed in 2002. Seagrove will forever be remembered as the capital of pottery & pinto beans.


Geography

Location of Seagrove, North Carolina

Seagrove is located at 35°32′32″N, 79°46′41″W (35.542167, -79.778114)GR1. Image File history File links Adapted from Wikipedias NC county maps by Seth Ilys. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.9 km² (0.7 mi²). 1.9 km² (0.7 mi²) of it is land and 1.37% is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... A square mile is an Imperial unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (5,280 feet, 1,760 yards, 1,609. ...


Economy

Each year, tens of thousands of visitors come to Seagrove to see the area's potteries.


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 246 people, 109 households, and 69 families residing in the town. The population density was 130.1/km² (338.8/mi²). There were 119 housing units at an average density of 62.9/km² (163.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.12% White, 1.22% African American, 0.81% Native American, 2.85% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.25% of the population. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 109 households out of which 23.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.8% were non-families. 32.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.83. A marriage is a relationship between or among individuals, usually recognized by civil authority and/or bound by the religious beliefs of the participants. ...


In the town the population was spread out with 20.7% under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 19.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 90.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.5 males.


The median income for a household in the town was $31,250, and the median income for a family was $40,750. Males had a median income of $25,625 versus $19,327 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,824. About 9.0% of families and 9.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.3% of those under the age of eighteen and none of those sixty five or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


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Seagrove Pottery in Seagrove North Carolina, the 2nd largest community of potters in the world. (0 words)
Seagrove Pottery in Seagrove North Carolina, the 2nd largest community of potters in the world.
Less than an hour away, Seagrove North Carolina is the largest community of potters in the world, outside of Japan, boasting almost 100 potters, who continue the Seagrove pottery tradition.
The NC Pottery Center on 250 East Avenue in Seagrove North Carolina includes permanent and changing exhibits on the history and ongoing tradition of North Carolina pottery, activities, maps and information services to the potteries of the Seagrove area and across the State.
Seagrove, North Carolina - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1060 words)
Seagrove is notable for its many potteries, and it is sometimes referred to as the "pottery capital of North Carolina", or even of the world.
Seagrove is also home to the North Carolina Pottery Center, which was established on November 7, 1998 and has since received visitors from all 50 states and at least 20 foreign countries.
Seagrove was named for Edwin G. Seagroves, a railroad official who was responsible for routing a railroad through the area.
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