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Cherryville, North Carolina
107 East Main Street (1947), former Cherryville City Hall (1911),Self-Hoffman Building (1913) & Pliskin and Londner Building (1930).jpg
Location in the US state of North Carolina
Location in the US state of North Carolina
Country  United States
State  North Carolina
County Gaston
Incorporated 1881
 • Total 5.53 sq mi (14.33 km2)
 • Land 5.52 sq mi (14.30 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
1,007 ft (307 m)
 • Total 5,760
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,100.00/sq mi (424.68/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code 704
FIPS code 37-12340
GNIS feature ID 1019622

Cherryville is a small city in northwestern Gaston County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 5,760 at the 2010 census. The New Year's Shooters celebrate the area's German heritage by beginning each year with a customary chant and the honorary shooting of muskets. Cherryville is located approximately 38 miles (61 km) west of Charlotte and 16 miles (26 km) northwest of Gastonia.


Cherryville is located in Cherryville Township at 35°22′52″N 81°22′45″W / 35.38111°N 81.37917°W / 35.38111; -81.37917 (35.381169, -81.379168) at an elevation of 1,007 feet (307 m). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city covers a total area of 5.50 square miles (14.25 km2), of which 5.49 square miles (14.22 km2) is land and 0.012 square miles (0.03 km2), or 0.21%, is water. The small Cherryville City Reservoir is located just southeast of the city limits.

Cherryville is located along a divide among three watersheds. The western end of Cherryville is in the watershed of Muddy Creek, a right tributary of Buffalo Creek and part of the Broad River catchment basin. The north side of Cherryville is in the Indian Creek watershed, drained by Lick Fork Creek and an unnamed tributary of Indian Creek. The south side Cherryville Township is in the Beaverdam Creek watershed, drained by unnamed right-hand tributaries of Beaverdam Creek. Indian Creek and Beaverdam Creek are tributaries of the South Fork Catawba River.


During the last half of the 18th century, German, Dutch, and Scots-Irish families from the Colony of Pennsylvania migrated south and settled in the Cherryville area. Land grants made by King George III of England date back to 1768, and as early as 1792 Governor Samuel Ashe of North Carolina made grants in and around "White Pine", as the settlement was known at the time. A village began to develop at a crossroads of the Morganton-to-Charleston road, closely followed by modern Highway 274 / Mountain Street, and the Old Post Road, a main thoroughfare between Salisbury, North Carolina, and Spartanburg, South Carolina.

In 1862, the Wilmington, Charlotte and Rutherford Railroad (later known as the Carolina Central Railroad) reached White Pine. Construction of the railroad westward from Cherryville was interrupted by the Civil War, so that throughout the war Cherryville was a western terminus of the railroads in North Carolina. When construction resumed and the railroad extended beyond Cherryville, the town served as a water and coal stop. Along the railroad, a local resident planted cherry trees, and the train engineers soon began calling the settlement "Cherryville". The town was incorporated under this name in 1881.

Spinner in Vivian Cotton Mills. Been at it 2 years. Where will her good looks be in 10 years^ Cherryville, N.C. - NARA - 523111
Young spinners at Vivian Cotton Mills in Cherryville. Photo by Lewis Hine, 1908.

Agriculture was Cherryville's main economic base for many years. However, during the late 19th century, the textile industry became established in the town. Cherryville's first cotton mill, the Cherryville Manufacturing Plant, was incorporated in 1891. It was soon followed by the opening of three other mills. By the start of the 20th century, the rural village had become an industrial community of a thousand people. Eventually, 13 mills would be opened in Cherryville, including Gaston Manufacturing Company (later operated as Dora Yarn Mills), Vivian Manufacturing Company ("Old Sardine", later operated as Nuway Spinning Company), Melville Manufacturing Company (later Burlington Industries' Pinnacle Plant), Howell Manufacturing Company, Rhyne Houser Manufacturing Company (later part of Burlington Industries' Madision Division), and Carlton Yarn Mills, Inc. All of these plants have since closed.

In 1932, a trucking company began operating in Cherryville with one truck hauling produce from Florida to Cherryville. This company would become one of the largest freight carriers in the nation, known as Carolina Freight Carriers Corporation. After operating for more than sixty years, Carolina Freight was bought by the Arkansas Best Trucking Company in October 1995, and operations moved from Cherryville.

On July 13, 1966, Trains #45 & #46 of the Seaboard Air Line Railroad, hit head-on on the southeast side of the city, killing one and injuring three. GP-9's 1911–1927–1963–1971–1979 and F-3, 4027 of SAL, were destroyed and scrapped on site. J. W. Pait of Hamlet, North Carolina, was killed in the wreck.

The Beam's Shell Service Station and Office, (Former) was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 1,008
1910 1,153 14.4%
1920 1,884 63.4%
1930 2,756 46.3%
1940 3,225 17.0%
1950 3,492 8.3%
1960 3,607 3.3%
1970 5,258 45.8%
1980 4,844 −7.9%
1990 4,756 −1.8%
2000 5,361 12.7%
2010 5,760 7.4%
2019 (est.) 6,072 5.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Cherryville racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 4,746 78.08%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 628 10.33%
Native American 15 0.25%
Asian 47 0.77%
Other/Mixed 239 3.93%
Hispanic or Latino 403 6.63%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 6,078 people, 2,434 households, and 1,493 families residing in the city.

Religious life

The first church organized in Cherryville was Saint John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, established in 1881, the same year in which the town was incorporated. The congregation had the first church building in Cherryville as well, erected soon after the church's organization. It was replaced by the current structure in 1963.

Other churches in Cherryville include First United Methodist Church (organized 1883), Fairview Baptist Church (1884), First Presbyterian Church (1893), First Baptist Church (1893), Rudisill Chapel AME Zion Church (1896), First Wesleyan Church (1907), Second Baptist Church (1940), First Church of the Nazarene (1950), Cherryville Church of God, North Gaston Church of God, Mount Zion Baptist Church, Cherryville Missionary Methodist Church, Iglesia Christian Integral, Victory Life Assembly of God, Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Liberty United Glorious Church,Shady Grove Baptist Church, and Oak Grove Baptist Church.

Places of interest

The Cherryville Historical Museum preserves the history of the Cherryville area, and is open to the public each week during specified days. The C. Grier Beam Truck Museum, interpreting the history of freight trucking and Carolina Freight Carriers, is in the former Beam's Shell Service Station and Office, 117 N. Mountain St., and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 1922 Noah Benjamin Kendrick House at 402 N. Mountain Street is a Designated Gaston County Historic Property. Recreational sites in Cherryville include the semi-private Cherryville Country Club, with a nine-hole golf course, on the northeast side of town.

Rudisill Stadium, completed in 1963 and located on the campus of Beam Intermediate School, is the largest sports venue in Cherryville and is used for several community events throughout the year.

Fire protection

Hugh's Pond Volunteer Fire Department, Tryonota Volunteer Fire Department and, Cherryville Fire department


Cherryville's largest employers include Keystone Powdered Metal Company, a manufacturer primarily of automotive parts, including bearings, valve seats, and small structural parts, employing 220 people, FleetNet America, a fleet maintenance company employing over 375 people, and Bradington-Young Furniture Company, a manufacturer of sofas, chairs, and recliners, employing 187 people. Other manufacturing companies include R-Anell Incorporated, manufacturing pre-fabricated modular homes, and Advanced Urethane Solutions, Inc., manufacturing an assortment of polyurethane products including rollers, bumpers, and

The largest among non-manufacturing employers are in the governmental, institutional, and construction sectors. The public school system employs 200 people locally, while the government offices of the City of Cherryville employ 90 people. Rutherford Electric Membership Cooperative employs 186 people. Beam Construction Company employs 150 people. Carolina Care Center and Century Care, convalescent facilities, employ 120 and 70 people, respectively.


Public schools in Cherryville are part of the Gaston County Schools public school system. They include:

  • Cherryville Elementary School, grades K-3,
  • William Blaine Beam Intermediate School, grades 4–5, built in 2004 on the site of the former Cherryville High School and named for a former community leader and education advocate.
  • John Chavis Middle School, grades 6–8, named for John Chavis (c. 1763–1838), African-American educator and Presbyterian minister
  • Cherryville High School, grades 9-12.

Tryon Elementary School, grades K-5, in the unincorporated Tryon community of Cherryville Township also feeds into John Chavis Middle School.

The Cherryville Branch of the Gaston County Public Library serves this community.

Notable people

See also

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