8325 Angel Pardue Road
P. O. Box 465
Stokesdale, NC 27357
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Carolyn L. Joyner
Town Clerk/Finance Officer
Stokesdale, North Carolina, located in the northwest corner of Guilford County, is a rural community with a mixture of agricultural and farming areas, businesses, industries, and residential areas. A small business district provides services for the citizens of the area. Several industries are also located within the Town. The 21.4 square miles included in the incorporated area of the Town is intersected by three major highways (US Highway 158, NC Highway 68 and NC Highway 65). Part of the Town borders a fourth major highway, US Highway 220. With this network of roads, Stokesdale citizens are within a short drive of the larger cities of Greensboro, High Point, Winston Salem, or Reidsville.
Back in the 1860’s, before the era of automobiles and railroads, Stokesdale was called Green Pond. The name of Green Pond came into being because of a swampy pond located in the general area of what is now Ellisboro Road and Highway 65. The “Town” consisted of a General Store built by Mr. John King in 1860. The store was located across from the intersection of Ellisboro Road and Gideon Grove Church Road in Stokesdale.
Green Pond General Store/Post Office
Shortly after the War Between the States, a Post Office was authorized at Green Pond. As was the custom in those days, the post office was located in a general store since it was most often the meeting place of the community. The postmaster then could tend to both of his duties as needed during the day. John King’s nephew, William Linville, was the postmaster at Green Pond. Green Pond eventually became known as “Pond.” The mail was delivered to the Pond Post Office twice a week by Star route from Kernersville. The carrier brought the mail riding mule back. The Greensboro Patriot was the only newspaper delivered through the post office at that time.
In 1886 the Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley Railroad was built from
Greensboro to Mount Airy. The railroad passed through Pond and a railroad station was built to service the area. The post office was moved at this time and the name was changed to Stokesdale. The name Stokesdale was selected in honor of a Mr. Stokes who was either an executive of the railroad, a conductor on the train, or the surveyor who surveyed the area.
The first train depot, shown here, burned in 1908 and was replaced by another the one shown below.
This Depot was sold to Mr. Sam Heffinger who had it moved to Madison in 1977. It became his home after he remodeled it. Trains continued to come through Stokesdale until 1980. The railroad removed the train tracks in 1981.
Records indicate that the town name was changed on January 8, 1887 from Pond to Stokesdale. William L. Linville was postmaster from December 8, 1879 until January 8, 1887 when Mr. Leonard A. Southern became postmaster.
Stokesdale was first incorporated in 1907. The Town went bankrupt during the Depression and became inactive in the 1930’s. The State revoked the charter in 1971. The Town was incorporated for a second time on November 9, 1989.
Several one-room schools that were scattered around the countryside served the Stokesdale area. Elm Grove School served the Flat Rock Road area. Winding Hills School was located at the corner of Fulp Road and Highway 65. Another school was located on the Ellisboro Road and was called Rocky Springs. One school, built in 1890, was located in the area near the fire station. A new school was built in 1905 near the site of the present elementary school. The Stokesdale Public School was built in 1923 and used until it was replaced in 1982.
The Stokesdale Fire Department was established in 1954. Leonard Pegram was the first Fire Chief of the Department.
First Stokesdale Town Hall
Jesse B. Joyce
Stokesdale's First Mayor
(Second Incorporation - 1989)
August 28, 1929 - April 19,2011
Mr. Joyce was the first Mayor of the Town of Stokesdale when the Town was incorporated in 1989. He served as Mayor from 1989 until 1993 and as a member of the Town Council from 1994 until 2003.
It is with deep sadness that the Town of Stokesdale mourns the death of
December 7, 1954 - November 1, 2011
Last Updated: Monday December 02, 2013
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