Alamance County

Region: Piedmont
County Seat: Graham (1851)
Population: 130,8001
Towns & Cities:  Burlington, Elon, Green Level, Haw River, Mebane
The name Alamance is supposedly derived from the Indian word meaning "blue clay." The county gets its name from the Alamance Creek on the banks of which was fought the battle between the colonial troops under Governor Tryon and the Regulators on May 17, 1771. It is in the central part of the State and is bounded by Orange, Chatham, Randolph, Guilford, and Caswell counties.2

Additional County History

Alamance County has a rich history of revolutionary was activities. The county is covered in battlegrounds and historical sites of the earliest era of our nation's history. Visitors to Alamance County can also enjoy a wide range of recreational and sports-related activities.2

Education (3)
Entertainment (2)
Government & Community Bodies (4)
Historical Sites & Museums (7)
Professional Services (1)

1 Population figures from Census Bureau Home Page for the 2000 Census.
2 Facts gathered from State Library of North Carolina.


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North Carolinians are nicknamed the "Tar Heels".

It not exactly evident where this nickname originated, but it seems to have given birth during the Civil War. North Carolina's troops were said to have tar on their heels, because they would not run in battle even as other states retreated.

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