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Connelly Springs
Block along Main Circle, now part of Lindy's Furniture
Block along Main Circle, now part of Lindy's Furniture
"Growing a Newly Formed Town on the Dreams and the Heritage of its Past"
Location in North Carolina
Location in North Carolina
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Burke
 • Total 4.99 sq mi (12.93 km2)
 • Land 4.99 sq mi (12.93 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
 • Total 1,669
 • Estimate 
 • Density 329.46/sq mi (127.19/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
FIPS code 37-14280
GNIS feature ID 1019758

Connelly Springs is a town in Burke County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 1,669 at the 2010 census. It is part of the HickoryLenoirMorganton Metropolitan Statistical Area.


The first settler on record in the area was William Lewis Connelly, a colonel in the North Carolina militia, for whom the town was named. In 1838, Colonel Connelly built a log home and operated a way station where fresh horses could be made available for the stagecoach line that ran from Salisbury to Asheville. He also took in boarders who were looking to spend a night during a long journey. During this time, a settlement grew up around the way station, which was then known as Happy Home, and a post office was established.

In 1885, the area was found to have a mineral spring, thought to be beneficial in healing a large number of diseases. Mrs. Elmira Connelly opened her spring to others, and before long people were arriving by horse and wagon, and by train, to cart water away in five-gallon demijohns. The popularity of Mrs. Connelly's mineral spring led to the construction of the Connelly Mineral Springs Hotel, a 50-room hotel that was built along the railroad tracks, and near the mineral spring discovered by Mrs. Connelly. As the town grew, it became known as Connelly Springs, and was incorporated as such on May 4, 1920.


Connelly Springs is located in eastern Burke County at 35°44′40″N 81°30′13″W / 35.74444°N 81.50361°W / 35.74444; -81.50361 (35.744515, -81.503738). It is bordered to the west by the town of Rutherford College and to the north by Rhodhiss Lake on the Catawba River. Interstate 40 forms part of the southern boundary of the town and leads east 10 miles (16 km) to Hickory and west 10 miles (16 km) to Morganton. U.S. Route 70 is the main local road through the town.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.0 square miles (12.9 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 384
1990 1,349
2000 1,814 34.5%
2010 1,669 −8.0%
2019 (est.) 1,644 −1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Connelly Springs racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 1,214 79.4%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 38 2.49%
Native American 6 0.39%
Asian 128 8.37%
Other/Mixed 62 4.05%
Hispanic or Latino 81 5.3%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,529 people, 727 households, and 473 families residing in the town.

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