Encompassing some 466 square miles and ranging in altitude from 800 to 3000 feet, Cleveland County has a long history as an agricultural region specializing in cotton. Shifting to a more industrial and modernized region after the arrival of the railroad, Cleveland remains inhabited by a fairly conservative population. Known for having a strongly secessionist population during the 19th-century, Cleveland contributed some 2,035 troops to the Confederate cause.
Including Boiling Springs, Lawndale, Mooresboro, Lattimore, Grover, Waco, Earl, Polkville, Casar, Belwood, and Fallston, this article offers brief summaries regarding the towns that comprise Cleveland County.
The county seat of the governor-produced county of Cleveland, North Carolina was named in honor of Colonel Isaas Shelby, tri-state pioneer - legislator in Virginia, solider in North Carolina, and first Governor of Kentucky. He also served in the War of 1812, and declined appointment as Secretary of War.
Cleveland County formed in 1841 from parts of Lincoln and Rutherford counties. The county has an imposing and impressive array of distinguished men dating back to Revolutionary times, including Colonel Benjamin Cleveland and Major Joseph Winston, who fought at Kings Mountain; Governors Clyde Hoey and Max Gardner; and Dr. Ben F. Dixon. Goerch describes a number of the county towns.
The Bellwood Extension & Community Association is a 102-year old community organization in northern Cleveland County. Formerly known as the Warlick Tomato Club, the group was founded in 1915 by home demonstration agents to teach farm girls and young women how to grow and can food in their homes. The history of the club and movement across the state are detailed and the history of the Bellwood club is told by Mary Jane Seagle and Jean Ann Privett.