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The earliest settler apparently was Ludwig Bitting, former Hessian soldier in British General Cornwallis's army, who liked the area when passing through and returned after the American Revolution to settle.
His descendants still live in the county.
Another early settler was Johann Adam Geiger ( Kiger ) who donated to the Nazareth Evangelical Lutheran Church which still serves the community today.
The town developed after the Cape Fear & Yadkin Valley Railroad erected a train station in 1887.

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