A History of Concord, North Carolina

Concord, North Carolina - 1942

Concord's history dates back over two hundred years. Back in the late 1700s, it seems there was a disagreement between the German and Scots-Irish settlements in the area over exactly where the County Seat of the newly-formed Cabarrus County should be located or what it should be named. A compromise was eventually reached, and the new city was founded in 1796 on a twenty-six acre site. As typical of the times, the County Seat was first called Cabarrus Court House. After a lengthy debate, in 1819 the city was named Concord, meaning "harmony," to reflect the spirit in which the issue was settled.

When you look at Concord today and see the wonderful mixture of progress and heritage, the perfect blend of business, industrial, and residential life, you can see that Concord still embodies the meaning of its name - "harmony."

Click Here to learn a little about the two known "Street Railways" that operated in the town of Concord from 1889 to ~1925, when the last line ceased operations.
As Cabarrus C.H., the town was granted a US Post Office on April 1, 1801, and its first Postmaster was Mr. John Carson. On May 20, 1819, the US Post Office Department officially changed the name to Concord, with Postmaster Mr. Silas Travis. It has been in continuous operation ever since.
Click Here to read or download an excellent history of the town of Concord, written by Clarence E. Horton, Jr. in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.
Click Here to view several maps of the towns of Concord & Kannapolis provided by the NCDOT.

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