Fuquay Varina, NC
Area Information for Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
Fuquay Varina is a beautiful community located in Southern Wake County. As of the 2010 Census, it had a population of 18,000.
Like many of the communities in Wake County, the town originally developed because of its tobacco trade and agriculture.
Many people will often ask me about the origins of this community’s names. Here’s the story.
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A Frenchman named William Fuquay first settled the area in the 1800s, when the area was still called Sippihaw for the original Native American tribe who lived there.
Later, Fuquay’s great-grandson, who was a farmer, would discover a spring on the land while plowing the fields of the family plantation.
Soon, the spring developed a reputation for having water with healing powers. This of course led many people to the area, seeking out the spring’s water and a community formed.
The second part of the town’s name comes from another area resident named J.D. Ballentine. Ballentine later became the first postmaster at the new post office in the town, still known as Sippihaw at the time.
He named the post office in honor of a woman he’d fallen in love with by the name of Virginia Avery, who signed her name as Varina in letters.
Steadily, another community developed just south of the Post Office.
Today’s Fuquay-Varina was named when Fuquay Springs and Varina came together as one community in 1963.
Fuquay-Varina is now home to several high-tech industries and businesses, making it a major draw for interested home buyers.
It’s proximity to the Research Triangle Park is also a major draw.
Education in Fuquay-Varina
Fuquay-Varina is served by the Wake County Public School System. Specifically, residents in Fuquay-Varina attend such quality public schools as:
- Ballentine Elementary School
- Fuquay-Varina Elementary School
- Lincoln Heights Elementary School
- Herbert Akins Road Elementary
- Fuquay-Varina Middle School
- Fuquay-Varina High School.
Those Fuquay-Varina residents who want to send their children to private school also have several options, including Hilltop Christian School.
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Outdoor recreation is a big part of the lives of Fuquay-Varina residents, as evident by the large number of public parks and amenities available in town.
- Fuquay Mineral Spring Park
- South Park
- Falcon Park
- Action Park
- Carroll Howard Johnson Environmental Education Park
- Randsell Soccer Field
- Fleming Loop Soccer Complex
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