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Centerville, North Carolina
Location of Centerville, North Carolina
Location of Centerville, North Carolina
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Franklin
Established 1882
Incorporated 1962
Named for Central location of area between Louisburg, Warrenton and Littleton.
Government
 • Type Town Council
Area
 • Total 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
 • Land 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation
340 ft (100 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 89
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s) 919 and 984
FIPS code 37-11560
GNIS feature ID 0982946

Centerville is a town in the rural northeastern corner of Franklin County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 89 at the 2010 census, a loss of 10 persons from the previous count of 99 at the 2000 census. There is no post office in Centerville, and thus no zip code; it simply uses that of Louisburg, which is located 12 miles (19 km) west. "Downtown" Centerville is centered on "the crossroads", which is the intersection of NC-561 and NC-58, and consists of two small old-fashioned country stores, one each on two of that intersection's four corners. Two sell gasoline (Arnold's and The Country Store), and one of those also sells diesel and kerosene (The Country Store). All two sell basic general store items, such as toilet paper, soap, household cleaning products, canned and boxed food, etc., as well as common convenience store items such as sodas, snack foods, cigarettes, beer, etc.

There's also a Dollar General, a muffler shop and a medical clinic.

Centerville has its own church (Centerville Baptist Church, a member of the Southern Baptist Convention), and volunteer fire department. There is no police department, so Centerville—like the surrounding unincorporated area—is patrolled by the Franklin County sheriff.

As is common in the rural stretches of eastern North Carolina, many of the houses in and around Centerville are quite old and in poor states of repair, and agriculture is the main use of land. Tobacco, soybeans, corn, and hay are the main crops.

Centerville includes many antique buildings from its heyday, including the now-defunct Serepta Church, a former Methodist church located at the intersection of NC-561 and Centerville-Laurel Mill Road.

At 0.28-square-mile (0.73 km2), Centerville is among the smallest incorporated cities in North Carolina. Nearby cities and towns of larger size include Louisburg (12 miles west on NC-561, population 3,111), Warrenton (17.5 miles north on NC-58, population 811), and Castalia (10 miles south on NC-58, population 340).

Perry School and Vine Hill are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

History

Centerville was established around 1882 and named for its central location between the towns of Louisburg, Warrenton and Littleton. It was incorporated during the same time period as the dissolution of the nearby town of Wood in 1961, roughly 80 years after first settlement.

Geography

Centerville is located at 36°11′6″N 78°6′41″W / 36.18500°N 78.11139°W / 36.18500; -78.11139 (36.184980, −78.111252).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 123
1980 135 9.8%
1990 115 −14.8%
2000 99 −13.9%
2010 89 −10.1%
Est. 2015 92 3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 89 people residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 93% White (83 persons), 3.5% Black (3 persons), and 3.5% other (3 persons).

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