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Elkin, North Carolina

The flowing together of the Yadkin River and the Big Elkin Creek has drawn people to the area of what is now Elkin, since the coming of the Paleo-Indians 10,000 years ago. We also, know that the Sioux Indians settled along the Yadkin River as early as 500 BC. The first English colonists came in the mid-eighteenth century, Cherokee Indians were also in the area, although they Cherokees had been active in the French and Indian War, they had joined in treaties with the English in 1763, followed by the events of the American revolution.

The town’s early history centers on one man and his descendants. Around 1840, Richard Gwyn left Jonesville to settle on the north side of the Yadkin River, recognizing the value of the forested hills and waterpower of Elkin Creek. Within a decade he and several family members established Elkin Manufacturing Company. Farther up Elkin Creek, Alexander Chatham and Thomas Lenior Gwyn opened a small woolen mill in 1877 that grew to become Elkin’s largest industry today. The Northwestern North Carolina Railroad arrived in 1890; the town was ready to take the opportunities the railroad brought for commercial and industrial expansion. It’s strategic location near the Yadkin River and the Big Elkin Creek and as a stop on the railroad caused prosperity that produced brick stores, many industries, and fine houses.

The beginning of industry with the cotton mill, the civil war involvement the coming of the railroad, the town’s coping with the depression of the thirties, and the two world wars.

The heritage of the two rivers that flow through the community should not be forgotten. First, the rivers provided water and means for fishing and travel. Also, using waterpower to drive gristmills, forges, and sawmills was an important economic development. The greatest impact was the more sophisticated mills along the rivers that powered shoe and textile factories. Elkin has a proud history and a bright future as seen in its historic downtown, where past landmarks are being revitalized.

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Elkin, North Carolina, Home

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

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Elkin, North Carolina is located in the heart of the Yadkin Valley wine country...full of southern hospitality and outdoor recreation opportunities. It's no wonder Elkin is one of America's Top 10 Coolest Small Towns! Brought to you By: J. Martin Productions, Inc.



Elkin NC, Coolest Small Town in America

Friday, January 17, 2014

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Elkin NC is a small town in North Carolina in Surry and Wilkes Counties. It has a population of 4,001 according to the 2010 Census. It is bordered on the south side by the Yadkin River and has the Big Elkin Creek running through it formerly know as the Elkin River.These are scenes of Elkin NC the "Coolest Small Town" in America. Nominated on Budget Travel's Coolest Small Town in America Contest. Photography by Keith Hall and Laura Gaylord. Vote for Elkin NC at the Budget travel link above. Brought to you By: BassPlayerKeithHall



Pumpkin Festival in Elkin, NC

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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The Annual Yadkin Valley Pumpkin Festival held in Historic Downtown Elkin the 4th Saturday in September from 9:00am – 5:00pm. The festivities begin Saturday morning with the Annual Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off on East Main Street. There will be pumpkins & watermelon from growers located all over the East Coast. Some will weigh-in at an excess of 1,000 lbs with hopes of placing in the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth top ten.



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    913 North Bridge Street
    Elkin NC
    336-835-2700
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  • Piccione Vineyards
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