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Pick a Name & Number

Posted January 3, 2008

Elizabeth Gardner and I featured the Johnson County town of Four Oaks on our Hometown Hello segment today. Can you name four important facts about the town of Four Oaks?

Four Oaks triggered a discussion about how many Tar Heel communities, rivers, swamps and mountains have names containing numbers.

How many can you name?

Well, thanks to William Powell and his wonderful NC Gazetteer we were able to drum up a pretty impressive list. Five Forks appears to be the most popular numeric name. You will find a community by that name in four of NC’s 100 counties.

Please feel free to add to the following Numeric Names of North Carolina:

Onetree Point – Brunswick County (located on several old maps)
Ten Mile Swamp – Robeson County
Twelve O’clock Top – mountain knob on Brunswick/Haywood County line
Twelve Mile Creek – Union County east of Charlotte
20 Mile Creek – Swain County in the mountains
20 Miles Ridge – Swain County
Fifth Creek – Iredell County
Five Forks – communities in Person, Stokes, Warren & Yadkin counties
Five Mile Creek – Robeson County
Five Points – community in Raleigh and Hoke County
Four Corners – community in Davie County
Four Oaks – Johnston County community
Fourth Creek – Iredell County
Fourway – community in Iredell County
Nine Mile Swamp – Onslow County along the coast
Eight Foot Ditch – Pasquotank County near the coast
Second Broad River – McDowell County in the mountains
Second Creek – Randolph and Tyrrell counties
Second Falls – Haywood County in the mountains
Second Hurricane Branch – Swain County out west
Six Forks – Wake County

What have I left out? Feel free to put all of your maps under the microscope.


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  • Travised Jan 6, 2008

    You al missed Twin Oaks up by the NC/Virginia boarder. Little Wilson Creek Wilderness area is just across the boarder.

    (not bad for somebody out of state) Wish I could cheat and sat Twin Lakes airport (8A7)

  • shutterbug Jan 3, 2008

    There is a Four Points on US 13 near the Sampson, Cumberland County line. There is also a Five Bridges Road that runs westerly from Clinton.

  • jcsmom Jan 3, 2008

    Seven Mile Ridge in Yancey County

  • ajstarrrn Jan 3, 2008

    Old Hundred is a small junction about 3 miles from Laurel Hill

  • albritton76 Jan 3, 2008

    There's a community called Seven Devils in the Watauga/Avery Co. area.

  • bleslie Jan 3, 2008

    You guys are good! Hey, what is Old Hundred in Scotland County?

  • ajstarrrn Jan 3, 2008

    Old Hundred in Scotland County

  • parr4246 Jan 3, 2008

    Five Forks ........ area in Robeson County

    3 Bridges Road ...... off Hwy. 74 in Robeson County

    (these 2 ran together in my earlier posting....!!!)

  • Mom on Call Jan 3, 2008

    Five Points neighborhood in Raleigh

  • parr4246 Jan 3, 2008

    Five Forks ........ area in Robeson County
    3 Bridges Road ...... off Hwy. 74 in Robeson County




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