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Terrell is a community in Catawba County, North Carolina, United States. For the 2010 census, it was included within the Lake Norman of Catawba CDP.


Location of Terrell, North Carolina

Terrell is located at 35°35′20.72″N 80°58′39.5″W / 35.5890889°N 80.977639°W / 35.5890889; -80.977639 within area code 828, ZIP code 28682, and FIPS place code 67180. It sits at an elevation of 289 m (948 ft).

The community center lies at the intersection of North Carolina Highway 150 and Sherrills Ford Road. The widening of NC 150 through Terrell has been delayed numerous times and is currently scheduled for construction in the late 2020's. Neighboring communities include Sherrills Ford to the north, Mooresville to the east and Denver to the southwest. Terrell is a Lake Norman community with many lake-centric activities and businesses.


The Terrell Historic District is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The most notable building contained therein is the Terrell Country Store, built in 1891, once a focal point of trade and commerce in the area.

The town was named after Pinckney Lawson Terrell (1853-1926), a circuit-riding Methodist preacher with ties to the nearby Rehobeth Methodist Church. The Terrell family history reports that a post office was established in 1893 at the T.F. Connor store, and that the community was at that point named for Pinckney Lawson Terrell "because" he had paid all his debts (presumably to the store, but this is speculation only). Among his descendants is grandson Joseph Lawson Scott Terrell, a novelist who lives in and writes about the northern end of the Outer Banks of N.C.

Water and sewer lines, primarily trunk lines, were installed in 2013-14 (not all neighborhoods), and a new library opened in 2014.

On December 11, 2014, Duke Energy, to repair a rusted, leaking pipe, received approval from North Carolina to dump Coal Ash (containing arsenic, lead, thallium and mercury, among other heavy metals) from the Marshall Steam Station into Lake Norman.

A combination of factors has led to elevated levels of trihalomethanes, or THMs, in eight of the 12 water-sampling stations around Charlotte, according to regularly scheduled water tests in August 2015.A Duke Energy spokeswoman called the utility’s use of bromide cleaners at two area coal plants a “triggering event” contributing to the increase in THMs since January 2014. In 2013, Duke started using calcium bromide at Allen Steam Station in Gaston County and Marshall Steam Station in Catawba County to meet federal air-quality rules, including the removal of mercury. In May 2015, Duke stopped using bromide as a cleaner [Duke Energy has not yet commented on what they have replaced it with]. These effects are unrelated to continuing concerns over the disposal of coal-ash and its impact on drinking water.

Groundwater at the Marshall Steam Station does flow toward Lake Norman, and the contaminated field abuts the lake for about 30 feet of shoreline near its largest ash basin.

On October 3, 2015, Duke reported that a sinkhole had formed at the base of the Marshall Steam Station dam north of Charlotte on Lake Norman. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) says Duke placed a liner in the hole and filled it with crushed stone.

On May 24, 2016, Publix Supermarkets announced a new store in Terrell, NC, at the intersection of Hwy NC 150 and Slanting Bridge Road (Northeast corner), to open in late 2017.


There are approximately 860 people and 332 households residing in the community. The racial makeup of the community is 97.4% White, 1.40% African American, and 1.16% from other races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 0.35% of the population.

The mean income for a household in the community is $57,212. Many residents commute to Charlotte from this suburb, either via I-77 on the east side of Lake Norman, or via the equidistant NC 16 on the west side of Lake Norman.

Notable people

  • Matt Kenseth, NASCAR driver and 2003 Winston Cup Series champion (resided in Terrell)
  • Jason Line, NHRA Pro Stock driver
  • Rob Moroso, NASCAR driver
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