Seagrove, North Carolina

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Seagrove is a town in Randolph County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 246 at the 2000 census. The name is derived from a railroad official. The center of population of North Carolina is located a few miles east of Seagrove.[3]

Seagrove is notable for its many potteries, and it is sometimes referred to as the "pottery capital of North Carolina", or even pottery capital of the world.[4] In this usage, the name Seagrove not only refers to the town proper, but includes several other communities that are part of the pottery tradition along and near the North Carolina Pottery Highway. Over 100 potteries are located in Seagrove and the neighboring towns of Star, Whynot, Erect, Westmoore, and Robbins. Seagrove is also home to the North Carolina Pottery Center, which was established on November 7, 1998 and has since received visitors across the continent and around the world.

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History

Seagrove was named for Edwin G. Seagroves, a railroad official who was responsible for routing a railroad through the area. According to local sources, after a unanimous decision to name the railroad station after Seagroves, the town name resulted from a sign painter running out of space and simply dropping the 's' from the end of the name. The railroad served Seagrove until December 31, 1951. The old train depot later became a pottery museum.

Plank Road

In 1849, construction began of Plank Road, which was 129 miles (208 km) long and made of planks 8 feet (2.4 m), 9 to 16 inches (230 to 410 mm) wide, and 3 inches (76 mm) thick. The road carried horseback riders, wagons, and stagecoaches. A toll was charged of one cent per mile (1.6 km) for a wagon and four horses. Toll revenues later declined after construction of the railroad, and by 1862 much of Plank Road was abandoned.

Seagrove School

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