Old Fort, North Carolina

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Old Fort is a town in McDowell County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 959 at the 2008 estimated census. The town is well known for its weekly Mountain Music concerts, which draw a large audience and many musicians from the surrounding areas to Old Fort's downtown each Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The first weekend of every October, Old Fort holds Oktoberfest, which is the largest handmade craft and food festival in McDowell County.

Old Fort has several attractions, including Andrews Geyser and the Arrowhead Monument. The granite arrowhead was built as a symbol of peace between the pioneers who settled in the area after the Revolutionary War and the Cherokee people. The Arrowhead serves as the focal point for the town, which is traversed by United States Highway 70 and Interstate 40. Additionally, residents of Old Fort are reconstructing Davidson Fort, the Revolutionary War fort that gave Old Fort its name.



Old Fort, NC temperatures average in the 80s in the summer and in the 20s in the winter.

The warmest month of the year is July with an average maximum temperature of 86.7 degrees Fahrenheit, while the coldest month of the year is January with an average minimum temperature of 25.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

Temperature variations between night and day tend to be moderate during summer with a difference that can reach 21 degrees Fahrenheit, and moderate during winter with an average difference of 23 degrees Fahrenheit.

The annual average precipitation at Old Fort is 54.01 Inches. Rainfall in is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year. The wettest month of the year is March with an average rainfall of 5.59 Inches.


Old Fort is located at 35°37′46″N 82°10′45″W / 35.62944°N 82.17917°W / 35.62944; -82.17917 (35.629541, -82.179178)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.2 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 963 people, 441 households, and 269 families residing in the town. The population density was 769.4 people per square mile (297.5/km²). There were 496 housing units at an average density of 396.3/sq mi (153.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 79.13% White, 17.24% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.83% from other races, and 2.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.66% of the population.

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