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Autryville, North Carolina
Autryville
Autryville
Official seal of Autryville, North Carolina
Seal
Country  United States
State  North Carolina
County Sampson
Incorporated 1891
Area
 • Total 0.52 sq mi (1.35 km2)
 • Land 0.52 sq mi (1.35 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
105 ft (32 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 196
 • Estimate 
(2019)
199
 • Density 381.23/sq mi (147.06/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
28318
Area code(s) 910
FIPS code 37-02700
GNIS feature ID 0980378

Autryville is a town in Sampson County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 196 at the 2010 census. Located along the west side of Sampson County along the banks of South River at the Cumberland County, North Carolina line, Autryville is governed by a mayor and a five-member town commission. The town is about 15 miles east-southeast of Fayetteville along NC 24.

History

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Micajah Autry (1794-1836) depicted by John Francis Lewis, conjectural portrait, 1950, about to take aim at Antonio López de Santa Anna

In April 1889, President Gray of the Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley Railway designated Autrys as a depot. Later in 1891, Autryville was incorporated, and a new town was born. Autryville is home to Micajah Autry, a Sampson County resident and son of Theophilus and Elizabeth (Crumpler) Autry who fought in the Battle of the Alamo alongside Davy Crockett. Between the ages of 17 and 18, he volunteered for service against the British in the War of 1812 and remained in Charleston in the company of Captain Long until the Treaty of Ghent was signed in 1815. Afterward, Autry studied law and was admitted to the bar in Jackson, Tennessee, where he practiced from 1831-35 until he went to Texas. Autry, an expert marksman, was chosen by his company to eliminate Antonio López de Santa Anna, who often walked across the grounds near the Mexican battle lines. He missed. After a siege lasting 13 days, Autry was killed with the rest of the Alamo garrison after the Mexican army stormed it on March 6, 1836. A letter to his wife, dated February 11, 1834, is on display at the Alamo.

Each year in mid-July the true story, “A Man Called Micajah,” reveals the life of Micajah Autry in Autryville’s outdoor theatre. The town also celebrates Micajah Autry Day in May with a parade, arts and crafts, delicious food, entertainment, music and dance.

The Thomas Bullard House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2014.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 61
1910 77 26.2%
1920 99 28.6%
1930 119 20.2%
1940 94 −21.0%
1950 151 60.6%
1960 192 27.2%
1970 213 10.9%
1980 228 7.0%
1990 166 −27.2%
2000 196 18.1%
2010 196 0.0%
2019 (est.) 199 1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 196 people and 118 households in Autryville. The racial makeup of the town was 87.2% White, 4.1% African American, 2% Native American, and 5.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1% of the population.

According to the 2000 Census, there were 97 households, out of which 20.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.3% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.3% were non-families. 40.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.02 and the average family size was 2.62.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 18.9% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 23.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $21,719, and the median income for a family was $28,333. Males had a median income of $27,917 versus $22,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,132. About 8.6% of families and 11.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under the age of eighteen and 23.2% of those 65 or over.

Town services

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Autryville Fire Department provides service for a 6-mile radius and runs mutual aid with other departments in Sampson and Cumberland Counties

The Autryville Fire Department was chartered in 1974. It is an all volunteer department with a roster of 25 members and a Board of Directors. The department serves the Town of Autryville in western Sampson County and a 6-mile fire district and runs mutual aid with other departments in Sampson and Cumberland Counties. The Autryville Fire District has Fire rating of 6 in the town and an 8 in the 6-mile district. The first pumper was a 1956 Chevrolet truck with a 500-gallon per minute pump and 500 gallons of water. Today the department runs two fire engines that both carry 1000 gallons of water each with a 1500-gallon per minute pump on them, a tanker truck that carries 1300 gallons of water, and a brush truck that is used for field and brush fires in the Autryville fire district and surrounding districts in Sampson and Cumberland Counties.

Points of interest

  • Autryville Baptist Church
  • Clement Baptist Church
A view from the post office
A view from the post office

Notable people

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