WESTERN ROCKINGHAM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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Settlers came to the ridge between the Mayo and Dan rivers in the northwest piedmont region in the early 1800’s. Some early families who formed the tiny community were Dodd, Joyce, Martin, Means, Hamlin, Stone and Sims. The first post office was designated as "Mayo" on May 8, 1821. Closed for the Civil War, the post office reopened on July 7, 1869, when it was renamed the Stoneville Post Office.
In the late 1850’s, brothers Thomas and Pinkney Stone bought a parcel of land that was to become the town of Stoneville. On March 5, 1877, the town was officially incorporated. The N.C. General Statutes of 1876-1877, Chapter 183, Section 2 states that "the Corporate limits of said town shall include all the territory within one-half mile of P. M. Stone’s brick store house in said town."
The Roanoke and Southern Railroad, completed in 1892, passed through the heart of Stoneville. At that time the passenger trains from Washington and Richmond would make a point to schedule their dinner stop in Stoneville so as to take advantage of the fine food served in the Lewis Hotel. For over 75 years passenger and freight trains traveled through Stoneville several times daily and brought prosperity to the town.
The tobacco industry also played a very important part in the development of Stoneville. The first tobacco warehouse was built by R. H. Lewis in 1875, under the name of Farmers Warehouse. Numerous tobacco warehouses shaped the history of the town in the years to follow, including Piedmont Warehouse, the Union Warehouse, Joyce’s Warehouse and Brown’s Warehouse.
The Methodist congregation built a church in the newly formed town in 1883 and graciously allowed several other denominations to hold services in the building until they had the time and resources to build their own places to worship. In 1898 the Emmanuel Episcopal Church was erected. Other churches followed in the decades to come including the Stoneville Baptist Church, Stoneville Christian Church, Stoneville Presbyterian Church and the Burning Bush Holiness Church.
On March 20, 1998 at 3:35 p.m. a powerful tornado struck the town of Stoneville destroying much of the business district. Two people were killed and the appearance of the town was permanently altered as landmark historical buildings were damaged or destroyed. Citizens of Stoneville united in an effort to rebuild their beloved town.
Today it is once again a beautiful place to visit and a wonderful place to live. Stoneville Furniture Company, Southern Finishing, Unifi, Inc., and Glass Dynamics are vital to the town’s economy today.
Governed by a mayor and five member town council, the Town of Stoneville operates under the council-manager form of government. Stoneville has an elevation of 787 feet and a population of 1,002.
Stoneville is proud to possess one of the highest-ranking volunteer fire departments in the state in terms of efficiency, punctuality in answering calls, fire prevention, and emergency medical service. Fire protection is provided beyond the corporate boundaries, as well.
Twenty-four hour police protection is given to the citizens of Stoneville by five town police. This small, but proud law enforcement unit takes pride in its fine training program and professional officers.
Stoneville purchases treated water from a corporation formed by the towns of Stoneville and Mayodan. This system can presently supply 300 thousand gallons of water per day, with the capability of increasing this amount as needed.
Stoneville is treasured by residents as a place with ideal living conditions, wonderful scenery, business opportunities and a community where the people are considered to be "the salt of the earth."
The Town Council meets the 1st Tuesday of each month and
the Planning and Zoning Board meets the 4th Monday of each month.
QUESTIONS RELATED TO ANY OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED CAN BE
DIRECTED TO TOWN OF STONEVILLE,
TOWN HALL, 101 SMITH STREET,
P.O. BOX 71, STONEVILLE, NC 27048
OR BY CALLING (336) 573-9393.
WESTERN ROCKINGHAM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
112 W. Murphy St., Madison, NC 27025
Phone: 336-548-6248 Fax: 336-548-4466
Anne Griffin - Executive Director
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