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Vass, North Carolina

Vass is a town in Moore County, North Carolina in the United States. The population was 720 at the 2010 census. Vass grew up along the railroad in the late 19th century. It was originally named Bynum and later Winder before being established as Vass in 1892. The town was incorporated in 1907.[4]

Vass, North Carolina
Seaboard St. in Vass
Seaboard St. in Vass
Location in Moore County and the state of North Carolina.
Location in Moore County and the state of North Carolina.
Vass, North Carolina is located in North Carolina
Vass, North Carolina
Vass, North Carolina
Location within North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°15′23″N 79°16′51″W / 35.25639°N 79.28083°W / 35.25639; -79.28083Coordinates: 35°15′23″N 79°16′51″W / 35.25639°N 79.28083°W / 35.25639; -79.28083
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
SettledLate 1800s
 • MayorEddie Callahan
 • Total3.0 sq mi (7.9 km2)
 • Land3.0 sq mi (7.8 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
308 ft (94 m)
 • Total720
 • Estimate 
 • Density240/sq mi (91/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)910
FIPS code37-69840[2]
GNIS feature ID1023075[3]


Vass originated as a stop on the Seaboard Railway as a station called Bynum. It was primarily a place with a siding to load lumber, turpentine and resin from the local area. In 1877, the town's name was changed from Bynum to Winder, in honor of Major John C. Winder general manager of the Seaboard Railroad. In 1892 its name was again changed to Vass, honoring Major William Worrell Vass, who was at that time paymaster for the Seaboard Railroad. Vass remained as only a stopping place for the local train until 1907, when it was incorporated with Mr. Alex Gunter as mayor.[5] During the 1910s the town took on new life and through the efforts of some great men, like Mr. Angus Cameron, and the town began to grow into a thriving community.[6]

Angus Cameron, who arrived in the settlement in the 1870s from his home in Harnett County and remained until his death in 1928 is acknowledged as the community's leading benefactor.[citation needed] He was on the first road commission, and was able to accomplish much in the way of better roads; he served on the Board of County Commissioners and years later, as mayor of Vass. He was on the local school board for around half a century and built the first school building.[7] Cameron erected the first brick buildings in Vass; he organized the Vass Cotton Mill Company and put up the mill building.[8]

The Leslie-Taylor House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.[9] Several other structures are eligible for the National Historic Register including: the Borst House, the Angus Cameron House, the John Cameron House, the Walter Graham House, the Vass Commercial Historic District, the Vass Cotton Mill, the Village Historic and the Walter Leslie House.[10]


Vass is located at 35°15′23″N 79°16′51″W / 35.25639°N 79.28083°W / 35.25639; -79.28083 (35.256450, -79.280970).[11]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2), of which 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.66%) is water.



Census Pop.
Est. 2016766[1]6.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 750 people, 304 households, and 207 families residing in the town. The population density was 247.8 people per square mile (95.6/km²). There were 351 housing units at an average density of 116.0 per square mile (44.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 77.07% White, 17.33% African American, 1.07% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 2.13% from other races, and 2.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.53% of the population.

There were 304 households out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.4% were married couples living together, 16.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.6% were non-families. 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the town, the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $27,188, and the median income for a family was $33,250. Males had a median income of $27,292 versus $23,125 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,165. About 14.4% of families and 23.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.9% of those under age 18 and 11.6% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "Vass". Retrieved April 7, 2011.
  5. ^ "Directory of Moore County : Carthage, Pinehurst, Hemp, Southern Pines, Vass, Cameron and Aberdeen :: City Directories - Moore County, N.C." Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  6. ^ The Pilot - November 9, 1928
  7. ^ "The pilot. (Vass, N.C.) 1920-current, June 21, 1946, Image 12" (1946/06/21). 1946-06-21. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  8. ^ "The pilot. (Vass, N.C.) 1920-current, November 09, 1928, Image 1" (1928/11/09). 1928-11-09. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  9. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  10. ^ "US-1 Improvements, SR-1853 at Lakeview to SR-1180 South of Sanford, Lee and Moore Counties: Environmental Impact Statement". 1995.
  11. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  12. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.

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