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Richmond County, North Carolina
Hub of the Seaboard
In the late 1800's, John Shortridge settled here and began a woolen and sawmill along Marks Creek. By 1870, the railroad from Wilmington came through Hamlet. It was Shortridge who influenced the railroad to build through Hamlet when a line was being built from Raleigh to Augusta, Georgia. So stories have it, in 1873, Shortridge told some friends how, in his native England, a small group of houses was known as a hamlet. It was for this reason that the settlement was called Hamlet. Shortridge and his friends planted a sycamore tree to commemorate the naming of the town. It was cut down in 1946 for a building.
Hamlet was later incorporated in 1897. The town grew consistently due to the trains which passed through town regularly. Many railroad workers came here to live. By 1936 there were five Seaboard Railroad lines going out of Hamlet. The many train comings and goings led to the motto for Hamlet, "Hub of the Seaboard."
Annual Seaboard Festival
held the fourth Saturday of October each year.
The City of Hamlet has a Council-Manager form of government
Hamlet Community News 2000, July
Want info on Grandfather
My grandfather was from Hamlet North Carolina. His name was Harry Kanston and I am trying to find info about him.
Karriem K. Kanston
Hamlet Schools Children of Hamlet attend local schools in K-9 including Fairview Heights (k-3), Monroe Avenue (grades 4-6) and Hamlet Junior High (grades 7-9). Richmond Senior High, about five miles from Hamlet is for grades 9-12. It is a consolidated county high school.
Miscellany The population of Hamlet was:
1980 - 4,720
1990 - 6,196
1999 - 6,704
2000 - 6,708