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Yadkin County

Yadkin County seal


COUNTY SEAT: Yadkinville

FORMED: 1850

LAND AREA: 334.83 square miles

White: 93.9%
Black/African American: 3.4%    
American Indian: 0.7%        
Asian: 0.5%   
Pacific Islander: 0.1%
Two or more races: 1.3%
Hispanic/Latino: 11.5% (of any race)

From State & County QuickFacts, US Census Bureau, 2020.


Yadkin County

Piedmont region


REGION: Piedmont
RIVER BASIN: Yadkin-Pee Dee, Map
NEIGHBORING COUNTIES: Davie, Forsyth, Iredell, Surry, Wilkes

Yadkin County NC

See also: North Carolina Counties (to access links to NCpedia articles for all 100 counties)

by Elizabeth Bayley, 2006

Yadkin County, located in the Piedmont region of northwestern North Carolina in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, was formed in 1850 from Surry County and named for the Yadkin River. Early inhabitants of the area included the Tutelo and Saponi Indians, followed by German, Scotch-Irish, Welsh, and English settlers. Quakers also migrated to the area in the eighteenth century. Yadkinville, the county seat, was chartered in 1857 and named after the county. Other Yadkin County communities include Arlington, Jonesville, Boonville, East Bend, Courtney, Lone Hickory, Center Brooks, Marler, Smithtown, and Forbush. Notable physical features of the county include the Yadkin River, Brushy Mountains, Fox Knob, and Cobb, Beaverdam, Fall, Lineberry, Froeman, Cranberry, and Deep Creeks.

Yadkin County produces agricultural goods such as grains, tobacco, corn, soybeans, apples, livestock, and poultry. Manufactured products include textiles, hosiery, plastics and styrofoam, furniture, apparel, and stainless steel. Minerals such as feldspar, agate, jasper, limestone, mica, and iron ore are found in the county.

Yadkin County landmarks include the Tulbert House, built around 1852; Bourman Mill Dam, built in the late nineteenth century; and Deep Creek Friends Meeting Cemetery, established around 1801. Richmond Hill, once a law school and home of North Carolina Supreme Court chief justice Richmond Pearson, is now a historic park. Cultural institutions in Yadkin County include the Charles Bruce Davis Museum of Art, History, and Science and the Yadkin Arts Council. The county hosts popular events and festivals such as the Yadkinville Harvest Festival, Yadkinville Annual Magic Show, Boonville Heritage Days Festival, and Yadkinville Bluegrass Contest and Fiddlers' Convention. Yadkin County's estimated population was 37,000 in 2004.

Annotated history of Yadkin County's formation:

For an annotated history of the county's formation, with the laws affecting the county, boundary lines and changes, and other origin information, visit these references in The Formation of the North Carolina Counties (Corbitt, 2000), available online at North Carolina Digital Collections (note, there may be additional items of interest for the county not listed here):

County formation history:

Index entry for the county:


Frances H. Casstevens, Heritage of Yadkin County (1981).

William E. Rutledge, Illustrated History of Yadkin County, 1850-1908 (1981).

Additional resources:

Corbitt, David Leroy. 2000. The formation of the North Carolina counties, 1663-1943 (accessed June 20, 2017).

Yadkin County Government:

Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce:

DigitalNC, Yadkin County:

North Carolina Digital Collections (explore by place, time period, format):

Image credits:

Rudersdorf, Amy. 2010. "NC County Maps." Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina.

Origin - location: 


Hi, I am researching a family tree for Helen Shore Cox. Her mother was a Dobbins from Yadkin County. Specifically, I am looking for the parents of Jacob Dobbins, born in 1745, PA. He married Ann Marshall. I have a document that only records his parents as John and Ann Dobbins, supposedly came to America from Ireland. I have found one connection; however, it is three generations before Jacob was born and does connect to him. Of course, I need to be certain it is accurate. Could you send me any information to confirm Jacob's parents? Thank you.

I love this website!!!!

Dear Lisa,

Thank you for visiting NCpedia and loving the website.

Francesca Evans, Government & Heritage Library

Can u please put an article on yadkinville 1860-1865?

Hi Skylar,

Thank you for visiting NCpedia and for taking the time to share this.

I'm sorry NCpedia doesn't have an article about Yadkinville specifically during the Civil War.  Is there specific information that you are interested in locating? If so, please post back here and we would be glad to try to help you.

Best wishes,

Kelly Agan, Government & Heritage Library

I was wondering if the surname of Rigsby is mentioned in this county. Am trying to put together a migration map of the family of Rigsby.

Hi Judi,

I am forwarding your question to Reference Services at the NC Government & Heritage Library.  A reference librarian will contact you shortly to help you with this question. 

Marie Jones, Government & Heritage Library

I am hoping to be put in contact with Frances H. Casstevens, regarding the book - Heritage of Yadkin County (1981). I have heard from Peggy Fuller that my ancestor Johan Jacob Ries appears in a diary entry of Rev. George Soelle on pages 4 and 5 and was really hoping she could email me the images of the pages. Thank you.

FYI, but Frances Casstevens is deceased

Dear Ms. Stamp,

I just sent you an email with some options to get copies of the pages you are inquring about to you.


Michelle Underhill, NC Government & Heritage Library

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