Raleigh, NC: “The City of Oaks”
Raleigh, NC is the capital and second largest city in North Carolina. It's nickname, "The City of Oaks" comes from it's beautiful tree-lined streets in the city's heart.
Modern convenience and a quaint vintage feel are part of the town of Fuquay-Varina's irresistible charm. Just southwest of Raleigh, this town boasts two historic downtown districts, a mineral spring, and countless unique shops and restaurants to explore.
William Fuquay was a French veteran whose family first settled the site of Fuquay-Varina after the Revolutionary War in 1805. In 1858, one of William's descendants was plowing a field and uncovered the mineral spring that now carries the family and town name. This discovery brought a steady stream of visitors to the "healing powers" of the spring.
Around the same time, J.D. "Squire" Ballentine returned from the Civil War on a mission to find the woman who had penned him morale letters. Virginia Avery had won the love of Ballentine under the name "Varina." As the first postmaster of the area, Ballentine named the post office in her honor. The community continued to grow around the businesses established.
The Fuquay Spring and surrounding area enjoyed several years of prosperity with the tourism its attraction brought. But, as roads an automobiles became more established, the draw of the coast meant the town saw fewer visitors. Agriculture and especially tobacco became the mainstay industry that carried both towns.
In 1964, Fuquay and Varina became one municipality as the town shared a renewed vision, emphasis, and camaraderie through the agriculture and industrial growth. The population of the town has doubled twice in the past 40 years, but still retains its historic charm.
Fuquay-Varina, NC has several beautiful city parks to visit, with picnic shelters, tennis courts, walking trails, playgrounds and more.
Part of the name of the town comes from the Fuquay Mineral Spring which is a lovely park setting for a picnic or walk. South Park is located next to the community center and offers youth softball/baseball fields, playgrounds, and a walking track. Honeycutt Road Park, Falcon Park, and Action Park are also popular parks in Fuquay-Varina.
The Parks and Recreation Department hosts a wide variety of adult and youth classes like Zumba, Yoga, Bellydance, Tae Kwon Do and more. Summer Day Camp and Programs for Seniors are among the offerings. The Fuquay-Varina Community Center also has free open gym time for using the facilities.
In addition to being conveniently located to the bustling metropolis and shopping mecca in Raleigh, Fuquay-Varina has has several strip malls and shopping opportunities at The Shoppes on Main, Sexton Commons, Fuquay Commons, and Sunset Lake Marketplace. Downtown Fuquay-Varina also has a wide variety of shopping and dining experiences waiting to explore!
Fuquay-Varina, NC is located in the Wake County Public Schools District, which is the largest in the state of North Carolina.
There are many things to do in Fuquay-Varina, NC, and here's a sampling of what can be found in and around town for the whole family!
- Buck P.