Cherryville, North Carolina

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Cherryville is a city in Gaston County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 5,361 at the 2000 census. The New Year's Shooters preserve the area's German heritage by honoring the custom of beginning each year with a chant and the shooting of muskets.[3] Cherryville is located approximately 30 miles west of Charlotte and 13 miles northwest of Gastonia.

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Geography

Cherryville (pronounced incorrectly by many of its residents as "CHUR-uh-vul", though the more proper pronunciation would be just as it is spelled) is located in Cherryville Township at 35°22′52″N 81°22′45″W / 35.38111°N 81.37917°W / 35.38111; -81.37917 (35.381169, -81.379168)[4] at an elevation of 1,007 feet (307 m). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city covers a total area of 4.7 square miles (12 km2), all land. The small Cherryville City Reservoir is located just southeast of the city limits.

Cherryville is located along a divide among three watersheds. The western end of Cherryville is in the watershed of Muddy Creek, a right tributary of Buffalo Creek and part of the Broad River catchment basin. The north side of Cherryville is in the Indian Creek watershed, drained by Lick Fork Creek and an unnamed tributary of Indian Creek. The south side Cherryville Township is in the Beaverdam Creek watershed, drained by unnamed right-hand tributaries of Beaverdam Creek. Indian Creek and Beaverdam Creek are tributaries of the South Fork Catawba River.[5]

History

During the last half of the 18th century, German, Dutch, and Scots-Irish families from the Colony of Pennsylvania migrated south and settled in the Cherryville area. Land grants made by King George III of England date back to 1768, and as early as 1792 Governor Samuel Ashe of North Carolina made grants in and around "White Pine", as the settlement was known at the time. A village began to develop at a crossroads of the Morganton-to-Charleston road, closely followed by modern Highway 274 / Mountain Street, and the Old Post Road, a main thoroughfare between Salisbury, North Carolina and Spartanburg, South Carolina.[6]

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