The town of Saluda, North Carolina, is home to the steepest standard-gauge mainline railway grade in the United States, with a gradient of 4.7%.
Stokes County is a county located in the state of North Carolina, USA. It was established in 1789 and named after John Stokes, a prominent Revolutionary War soldier and legislator. The area that is now Stokes County was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Saura and Keyauwee tribes. European settlers began arriving in the area in the mid-18th century, primarily of German, English, and Scots-Irish descent.

During the American Revolution, Stokes County played a significant role as a recruiting ground for soldiers. The county was largely supportive of the Patriot cause, and many locals joined the Continental Army to fight against the British. The Battle of Guilford Court House, a crucial engagement in the revolution, took place just outside of Stokes County in 1781.

In the years following the revolution, Stokes County experienced growth and development. The county's economy largely relied on agriculture, with tobacco becoming the dominant crop. The tobacco industry fueled the local economy for many decades and attracted settlers from surrounding areas. Stokes County also became known for its valuable natural resources, including timber and minerals. The county's location along the Dan River made it a center for milling and manufacturing.

Today, Stokes County continues to be a vibrant community with a rich history. It is known for its scenic beauty, including the stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The county offers a range of recreational opportunities, such as hiking, fishing, and boating. Stokes County is also home to numerous historical landmarks, including Moratock Iron Furnace and Rock House, which provide insights into the area's industrial history.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Stokes County, North Carolina.

  • On November 25, 1753, Stokes County was created from Surry County.
  • In 1771, the Moravians established a settlement near the present-day town of Walnut Cove.
  • During the American Revolutionary War, many residents of Stokes County joined the fighting, including the locally famous soldier Joseph Winston.
  • In 1789, Stokes County became part of the newly established state of North Carolina.
  • On February 13, 1849, the county seat of Stokes County was officially established as Danbury.
  • In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the tobacco industry thrived in Stokes County, with many tobacco warehouses and factories operating in the area.
  • In the 1950s, the construction of the Belews Creek Power Station brought economic growth and provided jobs for many residents.
  • Throughout the latter half of the 20th century, Stokes County experienced a decline in its agricultural and manufacturing sectors.
  • Today, Stokes County is known for its beautiful natural scenery, outdoor recreational opportunities, and historical landmarks.