About AsheboroOnce home of the Keyauwee, Saponi and other Native American tribes, the Asheboro area became an established village around 1780 after English, Irish and Scottish settlers followed the first German families fleeing European wars. Asheboro was named for Samuel Ashe, governor of North Carolina 1795-98.
The city and its early industries were nurtured by the waters of the Deep and Uwharrie rivers, along which several mills were built. Gold mining also started in the area in the early 19th century. Railroads arrived in 1889, sparking additional growth. By 1912, industry included textile mills and furniture factories. Energizer and Post Consumer Brands are among the community's businesses.
Situated near Asheboro is one of only two accessible covered bridges in the state. The 1911 Pisgah Covered Bridge, at 6925 Pisgah Covered Bridge Rd., is just inside Uwharrie National Forest, where visitors also can enjoy picnicking and nature walks within the more than 50,000-acre forest. For further information contact the District Ranger, 789 SR 24/27E, Troy, NC 27371; phone (910) 576-6391.
Also nearby is the Seagrove pottery region, said to be the nation's largest community of working potters.
Visitor Centers Heart of North Carolina Visitors Bureau 145-B Worth St. Asheboro, NC 27203. Phone:(336)626-0364 or (800)626-2672
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