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Cities and Towns in Onslow County

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Schools

Coastal Carolina Community College

k-12

Bell Fork Elementary School
(910) 347-4459

Blue Creek Elementary School
(910) 347-1717

Carolina Forest Elementary School
(910) 346-1778

Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet School of International Studies and Cultural Arts
910-347-1261

Dixon Elementary School
(910) 327-2104

Dixon High School
910-347-2958

Dixon Middle School
910-347-2738

Hunters Creek Elementary School
910-353-4443

Hunters Creek Middle School
910-353-2147

Jacksonville Commons Elementary School
910-347-1056

Jacksonville Commons Middle School
910-346-6888

Jacksonville High School
910-989-2048

Meadow View Elementary School
910-478-3522

Morton Elementary School
910-353-0930

New Bridge Middle School
910-346-5144

Northside High School
910-455-4868

Northwoods Elementary School
910-347-2808

Northwoods Park Middle School
910-347-1202

Onslow County Learning Center
910-326-2305

Parkwood Elementary School
910-347-6711

Queens Creek Elementary School
910-326-5115

Richlands Elementary School
910-324-4142

Richlands High School
(910) 324-4191

Richlands Primary School
910-324-3139

Sand Ridge Elementary School
910-326-5199

Silverdale Elementary School
910-326-5146

Southwest Elementary School
910-347-0900

Southwest High School
910-455-4888

Southwest Middle School
910-455-1105

Stateside Elementary School
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Summersill Elementary School
910-455-2672

Swansboro Elementary School
910-326-1501

Swansboro High School
910-326-4300

Swansboro Middle School
910-326-3601

Thompson Early Childhood Center
910-346-6222

Trexler Middle School
910-324-4414

White Oak High School
910-455-1541

Private Schools K-12

Jacksonville Christian Academy

Infant of Prague Catholic School 

Grace Baptist School

Living Water Christian School 

Fellowship Christian Academy 

St. Anne's Parish Day School

Montessori Childrens School

Shiloh Institute of Learning

Born Again Christain Academy
(910) 327-2331

Churches

Amazing Grace Baptist Church  

Jacksonville North

 

Angola Church  

Maple Hill

 

Antioch Church  

Catherine Lake

 

Ascension Lutheran Church  

Jacksonville North

 

Back Swamp Church  

Lyman

 

Bay Church  

Jacksonville South

 

Baysden Chapel  

Potters Hill

 

Bear Creek Baptist Church  

Hubert

 

Bell Fork Church of Christ  

Jacksonville North

 

Bethany Church  

Lyman

 

Bethel Church  

Catherine Lake

 

Bethlehem Church  

Jacksonville North

 

Bloomer Hill Church  

Richlands

 

Blue Creek Church  

Jacksonville North

 

Brookwood Church  

Jacksonville North

 

Calvary Church  

Haws Run

 

Calvary Lutheran Church  

Camp Lejeune

 

Cardinal Village Church  

Jacksonville North

 

Carrel Chapel  

Sneads Ferry

 

Centerview Baptist Church  

Kellum

 

Christian Life Fellowship Church  

Jacksonville North

 

Church of Christ  

Jacksonville North

 

Covenant Presbyterian Church  

Jacksonville North

 

Davis Memorial Church  

Lyman

 

Discovery Church International  

Jacksonville North

 

Emmanuel Church  

Kellum

 

Enon Chapel  

Camp Lejeune

 

Faith Body of Christ Assembly Church  

Jacksonville South

 

Faith Church  

Kellum

 

Faith Tabernacle Church  

Catherine Lake

 

Family of God Church  

Catherine Lake

 

Fellowship Chapel  

Haws Run

 

First Baptist Church  

Jacksonville North

 

First Baptist Church  

Camp Lejeune

 

First Christian Church  

Jacksonville North

 

First Church of God  

Haws Run

 

First Free Will Baptist Church  

Hubert

 

First Presbyterian Church  

Jacksonville North

 

First United Methodist Church of Sneads Ferry  

Sneads Ferry

 

Folkstone Free Will Baptist Church  

Folkstone

 

Fountain of Life Church  

Kellum

 

Four Square Church  

Jacksonville North

 

Free Mission Church  

Richlands

 

Freedom Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church  

Haws Run

 

Freewill Baptist Church  

Richlands

 

Grace Baptist Church  

Jacksonville North

 

Grants Creek Church  

Kellum

 

Gurganus Church  

Lyman

 

Harris Creek Church  

Haws Run

 

Harrison Chapel  

Richlands

 

Hartsville Primitive Baptist Church  

Jacksonville North

 

Holly Ridge Church of God  

Holly Ridge

 

House of Prayer Church  

Richlands

 

Infant of Prague Catholic Church  

Jacksonville North

 

Jacksonville Bible Church  

Jacksonville North

 

Jacksonville Christian Church  

Jacksonville North

 

Jacksonville Church of God  

Jacksonville North

 

Kellum Baptist Church

Kellum

 

Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses  

Jacksonville South

 

Little Mission Temple  

Catherine Lake

 

Little Zion Church  

Sneads Ferry

 

Lutheran Church of Our Savior  

Jacksonville South

 

Maranatha Baptist Church  

Jacksonville North

 

Marshall Chapel Baptist Church  

Camp Lejeune

 

Midville Baptist Church  

Camp Lejeune

 

Midway Church  

Stella

 

Morgans Chapel  

Potters Hill

 

Mount Sinai Church  

Jacksonville North

 

Mount Sinai Holy Church  

Jacksonville South

 

Mount Zion Church  

Lyman

 

New Bay Church  

Haws Run

 

New Dixon Church  

Haws Run

 

New Hope Church  

Lyman

 

New Life Baptist Church

Kellum

 

New Life Christian Center  

Holly Ridge

 

New River Church  

Jacksonville North

 

New Wine Christian Worship

Center  Kellum

 

Oak Grove Church  

Hubert

 

Onslow Gospel Assembly  

Catherine Lake

 

Pineland Church  

Haws Run

 

Piney Grove Church  

Hubert

 

Praise Gospel Assembly  

Jacksonville South

 

Praise Tabernacle  

Richlands

 

Providence Church  

Holly Ridge

 

Queens Creek United Methodist Church  

Hubert

 

Richlands Church  

Catherine Lake

 

River of Life Church  

Jacksonville North

 

Riverside Church  

Richlands

 

Rock Creek Community Church  

Jacksonville North

 

Saint Ames Church  

Jacksonville North

 

Saint Julia African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church  

Jacksonville South

 

Saint Louis Church  

Jacksonville NW

 

Saint Mary Church  

Catherine Lake

 

Saint Paul Church  

Richlands

 

Saint Paul Church  

Stella

 

Saint Stephen Church  

Stella

 

Saint Stephens Church  

Stella

 

Sandy Run Church  

Jacksonville North

 

Shiloh Pentecostal Holiness Church  

Jacksonville North

 

Spring Church  

Maple Hill

 

Springfield Church  

Lyman

 

Stump Sound Church  

Holly Ridge

 

Swansboro Church of God  

Hubert

 

Tabernacle Church  

Stella

 

Trent River Missionary Baptist Church  

Jacksonville South

 

Trinity United Methodist Church  

Jacksonville North

 

Union Chapel  Camp

Lejeune

 

Union Chapel Church  

Catherine Lake

 

Union Church  

Catherine Lake

 

Verona Free Will Baptist Church  

Jacksonville South

 

Verona United Methodist Church  

Jacksonville South

 

Washington Chapel  

Jacksonville North

 

Word of Life Fellowship Church  

Jacksonville South

 

Yopps Church  

Sneads Ferry

Note on Churches:  North Carolina is blessed to boast hundreds of churches in every county.  We make every effort to list each church in each county.  If your church is not listed in our directory, please let us know.
History of Onslow County

From 1734 to 1735, court was held at "the court house on New River." In 1735, it was held at Joseph Howard's, and at Christian Heidleber's. After April, 1737, it was held at "the court house on New River." That courthouse was burned in 1744. Between 1744 and 1753, court was held at "Johnston on New River." Johnston was established in 1741. For a while, court was held at the private homes of James Foyle and Thomas Black. In 1753, the court met at Jonathan Melton's on North East New River, a storm having destroyed Johnston in 1752. In 1757, court was held at the new courthouse at Wantland's Ferry on New River. In 1819, a new courthouse was authorized to be established within one-half mile from the old courthouse and on the same side of the river. In 1842, Jacksonville was authorized, but it was not laid out until after 1849. It became the county seat from that time forward.


 

Onslow County was formed in 1731 from New Hanover County and was named for Sir Arthur Onslow, speaker of the House of Commons in the British Parliament. Records in the Register of Deeds office at the Onslow County Courthouse date back to 1713.

The first settlers of Onslow County were three English men who came in 1705, to Town Point on the New River. Those men were William Brown, Henry Warren, and Thomas Worsley. They were settled for six years before they were joined by a Frenchman, John Nasague, who settled on the Northwest branch of the New River. In the next eighteen years, 35 more families settled in the area.

J. Parsons Brown, the late Onslow County historian, says Onslow was established in 1731. On May 23, 1731, the royal council received a petition praying for a new precinct and an order of Governor George Burrington and his council, dated December 4, 1731, at Edenton, granted the request.

The Assembly protested the setting up of the county. Onslow delegates were not seated until a special act was passed by the Assembly on March 2, 1735, which "confirmed and established" the precinct of Onslow.

Court was held first at Courthouse Bay. In 1741, the Assembly authorized the establishment of the county seat at old Town Point, "to be known as Johnston" in honor of Governor Gabriel Johnston. Johnston town was decimated by an historic hurricane in 1752. Many records were lost. The county seat was then moved to its present site, but was then called Wantland's Ferry. The name was changed to Jacksonville in honor of Andrew Jackson in 1842.


Onslow County was formed in 1731 as an act of Royal Governor Burrington. This act creating Onslow County also created the need for a county seat and courthouse. The site chosen for court to be held was "at the court house on New River". The selection of the New River location for the court house set a precedent for Onslow County, as major activity within the county has historically been centered around the river and its numerous creeks and tributaries.

 

The New River is the only river in North Carolina that begins and ends in the same county. It is also the widest river for its length in the state. Noting the distinctive character of the river, Onslow County's proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, its abundance of vegetation, fish and wildlife, and its topography provided an ideal area for settlement and moreover, provided an atmosphere conducive for growth and development.

Covering Onslow County, as her first settlers began to make their homes in the area, was the long leafed pine. This towering evergreen provided the first major cash crop in the area, turpentine. The turpentine provided by the long leaf pine was used to produce naval stores for the ship building industry, important to the colonies and England. These stands of timber also produced lumber for the area. Although the naval stores industry waned after the Civil War, the lumbering industry has remained strong in Onslow with $27,132.900 added to the economy in most recent times. A formidable feature of the county is Hoffmann Forest which consist of 78,000 acrea. The "teaching" forest was established by Dr. Julius Hoffmann of North Carolina State Univeristy. This site is also an outstanding representation of the welands of this area.

Vast wetlands, forest, game, and the scenic New River were also keys in expanding the economic endeavors of the county during the years between World War I and II. The 1930s was a period of tremendous growth for the recreation industry in Onslow County. Numerous rod and gun clubs were established, attracting members from the Piedmont, as well as out of state. One of those attracted to Onslow was Dr. William Sharpe. Dr. Sharpe purchased an area known as the Hammocks. This property eventually became the property of the state to be used as Hammocks Beach State Park. As a state part the area is a protected site and is well known for its protection of the sea turtle and its nesting area.

The recreation industry boom of the 1930s and 40s was short-lived following the outbreak of World War II. However, Onslow County's location and topography was instrumental in attracting the U.S. Government, which in turn established several military bases in the area, including the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base and the Camp Davis Army Training Base. Established for 50 years, Camp Lejeune now encompasses over one-third of the county's acreage of 111,000 acres. Camp Davis was closed in 1944. Camp Lejeune is also a haven for the red-cockaded woodpecker, which is on the endngered species list.

Once again Onslow County's location has worked to its advantage, creating a strong tourism industry and recreational environment for locals. With the Atlantic Ocean to its eastern border, recreational enthusiasts have numerous opportunities. Hours can be spent under the summer sun in playful pursuits such as water skiing, sailing, canoeing, and windsurfing. Pier fishing along with deep sea fishing trips provide further enjoyment. With its mild climate, the golf enthusiasts can enjoy five different courses within the boundaries of the county. Wildlife such as deer, bear, turkey, quail, rabbits, and dove can be found hunted by gun or the zoom lens of avid photographers.

Onslow has historically been a rural county and still is to a large degree. Most recent problems associated with the environment are becoming more complex because of the rapid growth of the urban population. Water and sewer problems along the potential development of land near wetlands are a major concern.

Parts of Onslow still remain heavily agricultural with major commodities including tobacco, corn, soybeans, swine and poultry taking the lead within the farm communities. Cotton a former cash crop is also enjoying a revival in the area. Commercial fishing also contributes significantly to the economy along with non-traditional agricultural interests such as ornamental horticulture, commercial horticulture, and aquaculture.
 
- Source: J.D. Lewis - Little River, SC 
 http://www.carolana.com/

More Information

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 150,355 people, 48,122 households, and 36,572 families residing in the county. The population density was 196 people per square mile (76/km²). There were 55,726 housing units at an average density of 73 per square mile (28/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 72.06% White, 18.48% Black or African American, 0.74% Native American, 1.68% Asian, 0.19% Pacific Islander, 3.62% from other races, and 3.22% from two or more races. 7.25% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 48,122 households out of which 42.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.00% were married couples living together, 11.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.00% were non-families. 18.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.20% under the age of 18, 23.80% from 18 to 24, 29.20% from 25 to 44, 14.40% from 45 to 64, and 6.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females there were 123.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 131.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,756, and the median income for a family was $36,692. Males had a median income of $22,061 versus $20,094 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,853. About 10.80% of families and 12.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.70% of those under age 18 and 14.70% of those age 65 or over.

-Source: Wikipedia