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Germanton, North Carolina

Germanton is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Forsyth and Stokes counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina, primarily in Stokes County. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 827.[1]

Germanton, North Carolina
Germanton is located in North Carolina
Location within the state of North Carolina
Germanton is located in the United States
Germanton (the United States)
Coordinates: 36°15′46″N 80°13′51″W / 36.26278°N 80.23083°W / 36.26278; -80.23083Coordinates: 36°15′46″N 80°13′51″W / 36.26278°N 80.23083°W / 36.26278; -80.23083
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
CountiesForsyth, Stokes
 • Total1.77 sq mi (4.59 km2)
 • Land1.75 sq mi (4.54 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)
 • Total827
 • Density471/sq mi (182.0/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
FIPS code37-25880
GNIS feature ID1020419

It is located 13 miles (21 km) south of the Stokes County seat of Danbury, on North Carolina State Highways 8 and 65 at an altitude of 662 feet (202 m). Downtown Winston-Salem is 13 miles (21 km) to the south. Germanton was the county seat of Stokes County prior to Forsyth County being created from southern Stokes. Before the creation of Forsyth County, Germanton was centrally located within the Stokes County limits.


Germanton was established in 1790 and is the oldest community in Stokes County. The town's original 23 acres (93,000 m2) were part of a 700-acre (2.8 km2) tract that was granted to Jacob Lash by the Earl of Granville in 1762. The 23 acres were deeded from brothers Michael and Henry Frey. The town was named after an influx of Germanic immigrants, who had served as veterans of the American Revolution, were given incentives to settle the area. These settlers included both Germans who fought against the crown, and Hessians who had been loyal to the crown. American Revolutionary War Major Joseph Winston, later a U.S. congressman, was a famous Germanton resident with a plantation nearby.

Germanton is located near the older Moravian settlements of Bethabara and Bethania, which were part of the Wachovia Tract settlement. The etymology of the "Germanton" name is often mistakenly attributed to this proximity. While Wachovia was settled for religious reasons by people originally from what is today the Czech Republic, the settlers of the Germanton area were primarily Lutheran, originally from areas in what is today Germany, and settled the area for non-religious purposes. Early Stokes county settlers were the result of land incentives by the State in 1790 given as a reward to those Germanic people who had fought for Independence.

The use of the German as a mother tongue died out by the 1850s.

Coal was mined in the Germanton area in the late 19th century but was of low quality.

The Germanton Methodist Church and Cemetery, Leak-Chaffin-Browder House, and St. Philip's Episcopal Church are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2]


  1. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001), Germanton CDP, North Carolina". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.

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