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Moncure, North Carolina
Cluster of old buildings in Moncure; post office on the right
Cluster of old buildings in Moncure; post office on the right
Moncure, North Carolina is located in North Carolina
Moncure, North Carolina
Moncure, North Carolina
Location in North Carolina
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Chatham
 • Total 4.9 sq mi (12.8 km2)
 • Land 4.7 sq mi (12.2 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
213 ft (65 m)
 • Total 711
 • Density 151/sq mi (58.2/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
FIPS code 37-43880
GNIS feature ID 1021511

Moncure, founded in 1881, is a small rural unincorporated community in southeastern Chatham County, North Carolina, United States. Moncure and the neighboring community of Haywood form the Moncure census-designated place (CDP), which had a population of 711 at the 2010 census. The community is located near the confluence of the Deep and Haw rivers, which form the Cape Fear River. Moncure once served as the westernmost inland port in the state, linked to the Atlantic Ocean by steamships.


Moncure is located in southeastern Chatham County, at 35.622N latitude and -79.078W longitude, and at an elevation of approximately 213 feet (65 m). It is bordered on the south by the Deep River, which forms the boundary with Lee County to the south. The Moncure CDP includes the village of Moncure, plus the smaller community of Haywood to the east; both are located along Old US Highway 1. The CDP extends as far east as the Haw River and as far south as the junction of the Haw with the Deep River to form the Cape Fear River. U.S. Route 1, a four-lane expressway, passes through Moncure north of the village center, with access from Exit 79. US 1 leads northeast 28 miles (45 km) to Raleigh, the state capital, and southwest 12 miles (19 km) to Sanford. The area forms a salient or panhandle of Chatham County, lying between Wake and Lee Counties.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the Moncure CDP has a total area of 4.9 square miles (12.8 km2), of which 4.7 square miles (12.2 km2) is land and 0.23 square miles (0.6 km2), or 4.61%, is water.

The B. Everett Jordan Lake Dam is located just north of Moncure, and the area is home to much of Chatham County's heavy industry, including Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant 8 miles (13 km) to the east, and several plywood and lumber plants.


Moncure was founded in 1881 by Thomas Jefferson Moncure, Benjamin Gunter Womble (February 17, 1841 – February 15, 1916), Jake Wisseler, and James Everett Bryan. Thomas Moncure was an engineer for what became the Seaboard Air Line Railroad. Benjamin Womble was a Confederate veteran, owner of the Womble Hotel, and first postmaster of Moncure for 30 years. The old post office now resides on the Womble property that has been continuously owned by his family.

The Newkirk State (Site 3lCH366) and Lockville Dam, Canal and Powerhouse are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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