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Fuquay-Varina was originally two separate communities. Fuquay Springs was an area that was named after the Frenchman, William Fuquay, who bought 1,000 acres in an area called Sippihaw after the Indian population who had originally lived there. Mr. Fuquay and his family worked the land in the area.
Generations later, Mr. Fuquay's great grandson, Stephen Fuquay, a tobacco plantation owner, stumbled on a mineral spring on this family land. He quickly realized that the spring had some healing problems, and when word got out about the find, the area was called "Fuquay Springs" and tourists flocked to the area looking to benefit from the medicinal qualities of the spring.
Around this time, the American Civil War was in full swing, the schoolmaster of Fuquay, a Squire J.D. Ballentine, joined to fight for the Confederate cause.
While away, Squire Ballentine received letters from a lady who signed the letters with the name "Varina." Turns out that Mr. Ballentine's penpal was Ms. Virginia Avery, and she was using the name "Varina" as her fake name because she knew that Jefferson Davis's wife had that name.
When he returned from the war, Squire Ballentine married Ms. Avery, and together they opened up a thriving store just south of Fuquay Springs. They were quite successful and the area grew up around them. When a post office was added to the area years later it was named "Varina" in recognition of Mrs. Ballentine. Turns out that her fake name was now the name that her husband called her, and the name of the new town!
Over the years the area thrived because of tourism related to the springs, but when this died out, tobacco and farming were the main sources of income for people who lived in the area.
In 1963 the two towns of Fuquay and Varina merged and kept the names of both towns to remember their history.
Today, the new town is thriving, with many people moving to the area to enjoy the great sense of community and easy lifestyle that the town has become known for.
Fuquay-Varina has two downtown centers, lots of festivals, numerous parks, great restaurants, and the springs are still flowing! When you're looking for a home in the area you'll see that many neighborhoods incorporate the heritage of the area. Ballentine, Sippihaw, Avery and Springs are common names.
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Some popular neighborhoods in Fuquay-Varina include: Atkins Village, Avalon Springs, Avery Pond, Ballentine, Bentwinds, Brookside, Crooked Creek, Duncan's Ridge,Fern Valley, Grays Creek, Lakestone Village, Sonoma Springs, Southern Oaks, South Lakes, Sunset Bluffs, The Oaks of Sippihaw, Tyler Park, Village of Sippihaw, and West Oaks.
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