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Jamestown, North Carolina
Founded by Quakers, Jamestown is a Pretty Lakeside Town Known for its Cute Downtown, Grand Homes and Historic Sites
Along the shores of 340-acre High Point Lake in hilly north central North Carolina, down to earth Jamestown was founded by Quakers in 1816. For several years it was home to the Confederate Arms Factory and had an Underground Railroad stop.
Grand historic brick homes mingle with newer ranch ramblers, and neighborhoods, many without sidewalks, are leafy, low density and well tended. Some homes sit next to the water, but few have a boat dock. Attractive Main Street has grocery stores, veterinarians, hardware stores, not to mention trendy eateries, including an oyster bar, a Thai place, a craft beer brewery and more. The town takes pride in its cultural heritage, and the Mendenhall Plantation keeps much of the local history alive. Its yearly Village Fair includes period games, music, and crafts. Oakdale Cotton Mills and Castle McCulloch are some of the town's other historic sites. Jamestown Park has an 18-hole golf course and hosts a fall tournament, while the Piedmont Saddle Club presents an annual horse show.
The lake has a craggy, forested shoreline and sits next to a nature preserve. City Lake Park, along the south shore, has one of the largest swimming pools in the Southeast. Eight hundred acre Hollow Lake is about a mile northwest of town and is popular with fishermen. Three thousand acre Randleman Lake is about six miles southeast and has a marina.
Age 45 or Better: 40%
Cost of Living: 15% below the national average
Median Home Price: $335,000
Climate: Jamestown has a mild climate. Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winters temperatures are in the 30s, 40s and 50s. On average, the area receives 45 inches of rain and a dusting of snow each year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but High Point Regional Hospital, five miles away, accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but High Point Regional Hospital, five miles away, is accredited (and it is a Primary Stroke Center).
Public Transit: No
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: Yes, and it was built in 1915.
Political Leanings: Liberal
College Educated: 47%
Is North Carolina Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Somewhat
Notes: Jamestown has maintained its population during the last decade. Home prices have increased 1% since last year.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
"Esse quam videri" is the motto of North Carolina, also known as the Tar Heel State. It was the 12th state to be admitted to the Union, joining the other states on November 21, 1789. North Carolina was also one of the Thirteen Colonies and was originally named the Province of Carolina. It was the second to the last state to declare its secession from the Union during the Civil War.
The state is situated in the Southeastern region of the United States and is bordered by South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia. The capital is Raleigh, but the largest city is Charlotte.
The historical people of North Carolina include the Chowanoke, Roanoke, Pamlico, Coree and Cape Fear Indians. The Revolutionary War impoverished the state of North Carolina for several years.
Charlotte is on a rapid growth streak thanks to its banking industry. North Carolina is also home to several universities, including the University of North Carolina, Duke University and North Carolina State University.
The state hosts more than 80% of the NASCAR racing teams and is the site of the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Carolina Panthers represents North Carolina in the National Football League, and the Charlotte Bobcats play in the National Basketball Association.
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