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Houstonville, North Carolina

Houstonville, North Carolina

Houstonville is an unincorporated community in the Eagle Mills Township of Iredell County, North Carolina, United States. Houstonville is located on U.S. Route 21, 3.3 miles (5.3 km) north of Harmony. Houstonville was founded in 1789 by Christopher Houston and is the second oldest town in Iredell County after the county seat, Statesville.

Houstonville, North Carolina
Coordinates: 36°00′11″N 80°45′58″W
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
912 ft (278 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s)704 & 980
GNIS feature ID1006247[1]


Captain Christopher Houston (1744-1837), an American Revolutionary War veteran, was instrumental in establishing Iredell County in 1788 and the county seat of Statesville in 1789. He recognized the need for a town in the northern end of the county on Hunting Creek, so he founded Houstonville in 1789. (Houston moved to Tennessee in 1815.)[2]

Other early settlers in Houstonville include:[2]

  • Captain Thomas Cadet Young (1732-1829), American Revolutionary War veteran, settled in the area in about 1778[3]
  • Captain Placebo Houston (1779-1859), born and died in Houstonville, son of Christopher Houston who married daughter of Thomas Cadet Young[3]
  • Solomon Hayes (1750-1830)[3]
  • Nathaniel Bacon Journey (1765-1842), American Revolutionary War veteran, buried in the Young Family Cemetery[4]
  • Col Francis Young (1779-1854), veteran of the War of 1812, buried in the Young Family Cemetery just north of Houstonville[2][4]

Christopher Houston and most of the original settlers in this area ran small plantations and owned slaves. Christopher Houston owned six and Thomas Young owned 13 slaves in 1790.[5]

The first post office was established in Houstonville on October 1, 1804 with Christopher Houston as postmaster. This post office was the second post office in Iredell County (after the Statesville Post Office) and served continually until February 9, 1869. A post office was re-established on March 5, 1883 with Mary C. Dalton as post master. This post office continued until November 30, 1955.[6]

Ebebenezer Academy is located in Houstonville and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

The following historic sites are located in or near Houstonville and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[7]

Other notable sites in or near Houstonville include:

  • New Hope Baptist Church and Cemetery
  • Young Family Cemetery, which includes American Revolutionary War graves, dating from 1797[8]
  • Hayes Family Cemetery, near Houstonville school, Road # 1830[9]
  • Zion Hill African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and Cemetery


  1. "Houstonville". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. Keever, Homer M. Iredell Piedmont County, with illustrations by Louise Gilbert and maps by Mildred Jenkins Miller. for the Iredell County Bicentennial Commission by Brady Printing Company.
  3. The Heritage of Iredell County, 1980, published by the Genealogical Society of Iredell County, PO Box 946, Statesville, North Carolina 28677, ISBN 0-89459-087-1, 642 pages with index
  4. "Young Family Cemetery". Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  5. "1790 Census for Iredell County, North Carolina". Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  6. Lewis, J.D. "All Known Post Offices in North Carolina, 1785 to 1971". Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  7. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  8. Campbell, Sandra Douglas (15 July 2008). Iredell County, North Carolina: A Brief History. ISBN 9781625848956.
  9. Cemetery Records, Book 1, Page 577, Iredell, North Carolina Register of Deeds

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