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Burnsville, North Carolina
Burnsville Town Square
Burnsville Town Square
Location of Burnsville, North Carolina
Location of Burnsville, North Carolina
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Yancey
 • Total 1.60 sq mi (4.14 km2)
 • Land 1.60 sq mi (4.14 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
2,825 ft (861 m)
 • Total 1,693
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,029.38/sq mi (397.36/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 828
FIPS code 37-09140

Burnsville is a town in, and the county seat of, Yancey County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 1,693 at the 2010 census.


Burnsville is located at 35°55′7″N 82°17′51″W / 35.91861°N 82.29750°W / 35.91861; -82.29750 (35.918542, -82.297549).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 207
1910 422 103.9%
1930 866
1940 997 15.1%
1950 1,341 34.5%
1960 1,388 3.5%
1970 1,348 −2.9%
1980 1,452 7.7%
1990 1,482 2.1%
2000 1,623 9.5%
2010 1,693 4.3%
2019 (est.) 1,647 −2.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Burnsville racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 1,374 85.13%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 26 1.61%
Native American 10 0.62%
Asian 11 0.68%
Pacific Islander 1 0.06%
Other/Mixed 51 3.16%
Hispanic or Latino 141 8.74%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,614 people, 822 households, and 520 families residing in the town.


The town was founded on March 6, 1834, from land conveyed by John "Yellow Jacket" Bailey, and named after Captain Otway Burns, a naval hero of the War of 1812. In 1909 a statue of Captain Burns was given to the town by his grandson, Walter Francis Burns, Sr. and was set on a granite pedestal in the center of the town square. It has an inscription which reads, in part, "He Guarded Well Our Seas, Let Our Mountains Honor Him." Due to damages, the original statue was replaced in the early 2000s.

One of the oldest buildings is the Nu-Wray Inn, built in 1833 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. [1] The Parkway Playhouse, the oldest continually operating summer stock theater company is located in Burnsville, and was started in 1947 by W.R. Taylor (a professor of drama from the Woman's College of North Carolina-now the University of North Carolina-Greensboro) and a group of dedicated community leaders.

Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair 2014
2014 Crafts Fair

In 2016, the Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair observed its 59th anniversary. This event, which attracts thousands of unique artists and tourists, is held during the first weekend of August that includes a Friday (August 4 & 5 for 2017, 60th anniversary).

On April 6, 2010, the Town of Burnsville, the only incorporated town within Yancey County, held a referendum providing for the legal sale of alcohol within the town limits. The referendum passed, effectively ending prohibition in Yancey County. After applying for and receiving the applicable permits, Burnsville may now operate an ABC store; retail establishments may now sell beer and wine; and restaurants may sell beer, wine, and mixed drinks. Graham County is the last remaining dry county in the state of North Carolina.

In addition to the Nu-Wray Inn, the Bald Creek Historic District, Chase-Coletta House, Citizens Bank Building, John Wesley McElroy House, Yancey Collegiate Institute Historic District, and Yancey County Courthouse are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


The Nu-Wray Inn, used as a hotel since its construction in 1833.

The Parkway Playhouse, founded in 1947, as a summer stock theatre, is one of the oldest continually operating theatre companies in North Carolina.

John Wesley McElroy House, built circa 1830s and now in use as a museum.

Mt. Mitchell, the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi River.


In 2006 The North Carolina Department of Transportation began widening US 19 and US 19E from a two-lane highway to a four-lane divided highway. The construction began at the junction of Interstate 26 in Madison County and continues where US 19E intersects with Jacks Creek Road. Construction on this section is complete and was dedicated on November 2, 2012. Work on widening the next section has begun, 7.4 miles from Jacks Creek Road to N.C. 80 in Yancey County; this section was scheduled to be completed by July, 2015, but was extended to May, 2016.


Glen Raven is the only operating textile factory in the county. Formerly, Burnsville had two textile mills, with Avondale Mills and Glen Raven, Inc. each operating a mill in the town. The closures of the Avondale Mills facility and Taylor Togs' Micaville blue jeans factory occurred in 2004.


Burnsville is served by the Yancey County Schools System. Mountain Heritage High School, Yancey County's public high school is located outside the town limits to the west on Highway 19E, as is a satellite campus of Mayland Community College. Burnsville Elementary School and East Yancey Middle School lie to the east of the town limits.

See also

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