Grover, North Carolina

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Grover is a town in Cleveland County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 698 at the 2000 census.



Grover is a small town where the railway and highway routes 85 and 29 town cross the state line between North Carolina and South Carolina. Grover was previously named Whitaker, South Carolina. The name change to Grover was in honor of President Grover Cleveland. Gingerbread row, (Cleveland Avenue - NC 216)has an antique look with many restored homes.

Grover was a railroad dominated town with train whistles and bells - started when the Atlanta Charlotte Airline Railway placed a turntable in the town - for engines to be spun. They operated from the 1880s to the 1920s and Southern Railway (U.S.) continues to carry passengers to this day (now known as Norfolk Southern). Mail drops and pickups by train occurred several times per day in Grover. Amtrak also operates on the line (under permission) and carries passengers from Atlanta to Charlotte, Richmond and New York City. President George Bush, Jr. made a rail stop in in Grover during his Presidential campaign.

Grover is also home to international companies like Eaton, Commercial Vehicle Group, Southern Power, Cunningham Brick and the Presidential Culinary Museum and Library. Hatcher Hughes lived in Grover and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1924 for his Broadway Play, "Hell-Bent Fer Heaven". He was a professor at the Ivy League ranked - Columbia University. The Hambright (Hambrecht) family of Philadelphia and Prussia lives in Grover and built the tallest and largest mansion there in 1879 under the guidance of Doctor Alfred Frederick Hambright (Hambrecht). Grover also hosts a former White House Chef and manager of Camp David, Martin CJ Mongiello, who lives there.

The name of the County that Grover is a part of, is Cleveland County, North Carolina. The County is named after Colonel Benjamin Cleveland (Cleaveland - Thorkil de Cleveland of Cleveland County York, England in the year 1066) - of the Kings Mountain battle - a companion of Colonel Frederick Hambright (originally known correctly in Germany - as Hambrecht) (with his son John by his side) during the Revolutionary war. Grover holds as many North Carolina Official Historical Markers as the capitol city of the county, Shelby. It was the town of entry by The Marquess, Lord Charles Cornwallis when he invaded North Carolina with his cavalry, artillery and army. The butcher of New Jersey, Major Patrick Ferguson, also camped near parts of present day Grover, prior to battle on King's Mountain, a local mountain range named after the King Family that lived there. In 1887, the Legislature voted to change the name of Grover's County - to the more utilized English word version of, "Cleveland," from its previous version of Cleaveland. President Grover Cleveland had been in office since 1885 (the first Democrat elected after the American Civil War).

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