Danbury, North Carolina

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Danbury is a town located in Danbury Township, Stokes County, North Carolina. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 108. It is the county seat of Stokes County. Danbury is located on NC 8/89 approximately 20 miles north of Winston-Salem and is the "Gateway to Hanging Rock". The Stokes County Government Center, Arts Council, school board, county jail, a public library, and other public services are found within the town limits. Stokes-Reynolds Memorial Hospital is located about a half mile northwest of the town.

Danbury is a popular rest stop for bicyclists, motorcyclists, and driving enthusiasts due to the numerous scenic roads in Stokes County. Danbury also attracts outdoor enthusiasts because of its location on the Dan River and near the entrance to Hanging Rock State Park.

There are no regional or national franchises in Danbury, only local shops like the Danbury General Store, and small restaurants. A 2007 edition of the Stokes News reported that Danbury will be expanding, with a small shopping center planned in the coming years.The NewBridge Bank has a branch in town. J.E.Priddy's General Store, a local historic landmark dating from the late 19th century, is still in business selling goods old and new. It is located about 2 miles east of town on Sheppard Mill Rd.

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History

Danbury was founded in 1851 specifically to serve as the new centrally-located county seat after Stokes County was divided in 1849, creating Forsyth County to the south and a smaller Stokes County. Danbury was briefly known as Crawford.

No major battles occurred in Danbury during the Civil War, but it housed and supported the war efforts of the Confederate Army. The Moratock Iron Furnace, which is found in Moratock Park, was used in the smelting of iron ore. General George Stoneman's raid passed through Danbury on April 9, 1865, the day of the surrender of Confederate forces at Appomattox Court House, Va. Other historical features in the town include the Wilson Fulton House, the Old Stokes County Court House, and Moody's Tavern (McCanless Hotel).

Geography

Danbury is located at 36°24'34" North, 80°12'32" West (36.409419, -80.208785)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²).

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there are 108 people, 47 households, and 32 families residing in the town. The population density is 170.7 people per square mile (66.2/km²). There are 53 housing units at an average density of 83.7/sq mi (32.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town is 95.37% White, 2.78% African American, 0.00% Native American, 0.00% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.00% from other races, and 1.85% from two or more races. 0.00% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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