Wilkes County





Region: Mountain
County Seat: Wilkesboro (1823)
Population: 65,6321
Towns & Cities:  North Wilkesboro
In 1777 Wilkes County was formed from Surry County and the District of Washington. The act was to become effective February 15, 1778. It is in the northwestern section of the State and is bounded by Yadkin, Iredell, Alexander, Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany and Surry counties.2

Additional County History

Education (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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