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Andrews, North Carolina
First Baptist Church in Andrews
First Baptist Church in Andrews
Location of Andrews, North Carolina
Location of Andrews, North Carolina
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Cherokee
 • Total 1.70 sq mi (4.40 km2)
 • Land 1.70 sq mi (4.40 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,781 ft (543 m)
 • Total 1,781
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,085.88/sq mi (419.33/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 828
FIPS code 37-01380
GNIS feature ID 1018822

Andrews is a town in Cherokee County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 1,781 at the 2010 census.

A-1. Main Street, Andrews, North Carolina (5755493605)
Postcard of main street in Andrews, 1950's.


Andrews is located in northeastern Cherokee County at 35°12′00″N 83°49′35″W / 35.200011°N 83.826252°W / 35.200011; -83.826252, on the south side of the Valley River, a southwest-flowing tributary of the Hiwassee River and part of the Tennessee River watershed.

U.S. Routes 19, 74, and U.S. Route 129 form a four-lane bypass around the northern edge of the town; the highways lead northeast 8 miles (13 km) to Topton, where they diverge, and southwest 15 miles (24 km) to Murphy, the county seat. Bryson City is 32 miles (51 km) northeast via US 19/74, and Robbinsville is 20 miles (32 km) north via US 129.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Andrews has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.2 km2), all of it land.

Valleytown Township dominates the eastern part of Cherokee County. The area is bordered by Graham County to the north, Clay County to the south, and Macon County to the east. Within the township are the towns of Marble in the west, Andrews at the center, and Topton in the far east at the Macon and Graham county lines. The Valley River, once known by the Cherokee name Gunahita, meaning "long", begins near Topton and meanders southwesterly until it meets the Hiwassee River below Murphy.


The area is rich in Native American history. An 1805 map shows the area as the Cherokee settlement Toonatla. It was later listed on a map of the Cherokee Nation as Gunahita. By the time of the removal of the Cherokee Indians in 1838, it was known as Konehetee, or "valley". One of the most infamous periods in history, the removal of the Cherokee and the Trail of Tears, also impacted the valley. Fort Delaney, one of five forts in the area, was located about 16 miles (26 km) from the mouth of the Valley River. The road across Tatham Gap, directly north of Andrews, was built by the US Army to transport Cherokee from Fort Montgomery, which was located in what is now Robbinsville, to Fort Delaney and beyond. It is said that the first store in the valley was opened in a former home of Chief Junaluska, who was residing in Valley Town at the time of the removal.

The town of Marble derived its name from the white, blue, gray and pink marble which were quarried in the area and known throughout America for its high quality. It is located on the western edge of the township.

Topton, which is the first town visitors see coming from the east, was instrumental in the expansion of the railroad into the western corner of the state.

The largest town within the township is Andrews. In the early 19th century, when most white settlers began arriving, the area was known as "Jamesville", after James Whitaker. An Indian trading post was established in 1837, and soon after the community was known as "Valley Town".

The present town was established like many other southern towns, through a land auction. The Richmond and Danville Railroad had stopped construction of the Murphy Branch just east of here. In the late 1880s, Col. A.B. Andrews, who was a second vice president for Richmond and Danville, was sent to the area to establish a commissary for workers in the Nantahala construction camps. Andrews bought 50 acres (20 ha) of land for the sum of $1,200. By spring 1890, Andrews was instructed to sell off the 50-acre tract at a land sale, which was held in September. The land was platted out, and about three quarters of the lots were sold at the initial sale. Some lots were donated for a schoolhouse and churches. The remaining lots were sold through private sales.

In 1905, the town was incorporated, with David Samuel Russell appointed as the first mayor of the new town.

The Franklin Pierce Cover House, First Baptist Church, and Walker's Inn are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

After African-Americans were forced out of Cumming, Georgia in 1912, some came to Andrews and started a community called Happytop.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 936
1920 1,634 74.6%
1930 1,748 7.0%
1940 1,520 −13.0%
1950 1,397 −8.1%
1960 1,404 0.5%
1970 1,384 −1.4%
1980 1,621 17.1%
1990 2,551 57.4%
2000 1,602 −37.2%
2010 1,781 11.2%
2019 (est.) 1,846 3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Andrews racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 1,388 83.26%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 21 1.26%
Native American 25 1.5%
Other/Mixed 94 5.64%
Hispanic or Latino 139 8.34%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,667 people, 714 households, and 400 families residing in the town.

2010 census

In the 2010 census, the total population was 1,781 people residing in 780 households including 452 family units. The population density was 1,090 people per square mile.

Notable people

  • Dave Bristol, Major League Baseball manager
  • Tina Gordon, NASCAR driver
  • Charles Frazier, National Book Award-winning author, grew up in Andrews

See also

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