Crossnore, North Carolina

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Crossnore is a town in Avery County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 242 at the 2000 census.



Crossnore is located at 36°1′14″N 81°55′45″W / 36.02056°N 81.92917°W / 36.02056; -81.92917 (36.020432, -81.929157).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²), all of it land.


One of the earliest known settlers was George Crossnore who built a small cabin close to Clark's Creek in the early 19th century. Hattie Parks Wright lobbied for the establishment of a post office in the village in 1883 and suggested naming the town after its original settler.

He did indeed live in what is now Crossnore, N.C. but it was in the late 18th century. You will find information about him in your archives showing him there around 1783 and other years, but he and his family moved to Tennessee in the early 19th century. He is listed as living in middle Tennessee in Stewart County in 1802.

One of his sons was Jacob Crossnore. When he left the home of his father, George Crossnore, Jacob moved from Stewart County, Tennessee, to what is now Benton County, Tennessee. George Crossnore's son, George Crossnoe [II], moved to Wilson County, Tennessee. Son Thomas left for Wayne County, Tennessee, and son Henry moved to Perry County, Tennessee. George's two daughters and a handicapped son named Adam moved to Henry County, Tennessee. A few years later, the only remaining son in Crossnore, N.C., John, also moved his family to Tennessee.

George Crossnore [I] lived in the home of his son Henry in Perry County, Tennessee, in his later years.

In the early 19th century the family's name underwent a change, as many names do over the years. The "r" was dropped from the name Crossnore now making it Crossnoe. Then over the years some family members dropped the "e", others dropping an "s", but all are descendants of George Crossnore. These names became Crossnoe, Crosnoe, Crossno, Crosno, and Crosskno.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 242 people, 96 households, and 62 families residing in the town. The population density was 548.8 people per square mile (212.4/km²). There were 119 housing units at an average density of 269.9/sq mi (104.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.80% White, 0.41% African American, 4.13% Native American, and 1.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.55% of the population.

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