Fuquay-Varina is a charming small town community of about 20,000 residents located in Southern Wake County. This traditional small town has a rich heritage of over 200 years, and embraces the charm of a neighborly community. It offers the relaxed, casual atmosphere of a small community while giving the convenience of a short drive to endless entertainment and services of Raleigh, Holly Springs, Apex, and Cary. Fuquay-Varina still boasts two separate downtown areas filled with specialty shops, boutiques, restaurants, offices and second-story residences. Larger chains like Home Depot, Wal-Mart and Kohl's are also found in Fuquay-Varina.
The Town of Fuquay-Varina has experienced explosive growth in the last century and has developed from a sleepy town to one of the fastest growing towns in Wake County. Additional consturction is underway for Fuquay-Varina Commons Phase II which will afford additional retail and medical officee space. Fuquay-Varina is intentional on careful growth and has already made plans for future extensions of the infrastructure. The town is welcoming to new businesses and is active in the search for economical development sites. Fuquay-Varina is part of the Wake County Public School System (the largest in North Carolina), and is home to Wake Technical Community College that offers programs in over 150 academic, vocational and technical specialties in addition to associates degrees in general education, the arts, and applied science. Fuquay-Varina offers residents a friendly and welcoming community and the opportunity to take advantage of home prices that are often a little lower than the neighboring communities of Cary and Raleigh.
parks and recreation
Fuquay-Varina has two golf courses with challenging greens for the golf enthusiast. The Bentwinds Golf and Country Club is a private 18 hole course set on gently rolling countryside flanked by pines and oaks. The 18 hole Crooked Creek Golf Course has impressive elevations and manicured sloping greens. Fuquay-Varina's parks strike the perfect balance between athletic and restful spaces. Playgrounds picnic areas, walking trails, baseball fields, volleyball court, tennis courts, soccer fields, and pavilions are featured in the town's parks. The Fuquay-Varina Athletic Association sponsors outstanding adult leagues and youth programs. The Fuquay-Varina Community Center features a gymnasium, fitness room, and classrooms accommodating yoga, Pilates, aerobics, sewing, children's art, youth ballet and more.
Fuquay-Varina has several town sponsored events throughout the year including an Easter Candy Hop, a Taste of Fuquay-Varina, an Independence Day Celebration with music and fireworks, an annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, a Downtown Cruise-In, an Arts Celebration, a Trick or Treat Event at Halloween, and the Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Festival.
As the name suggests, Fuquay-Varina has a heritage of two communities brought together by a couple's romance. The first European to settle in the area in the 1600's was a Frenchman named William Fuquay who purchased 1,000 acres of land here. His son, Stephen discovered a spring one day while plowing his fields and after using it for drinking water because convinced that it had healing properties. Friends and neighbors were soon caught up in the excitement and the springs developed a reputation. Tourists came to the area and hotels, one of them being the schoolhouse. The first schoolmaster, J.D. Ballentine who was enlisted in the Confederate Army during the Civil War was caught up in the romance that began the unity of the two communities.
Many young women at this time wrote to the troops to promote their morale and Ballentine received letters from a girl who signed her name "Varina". They later met, fell in love and married after the war. They settled in the town of Sippihaw after the war, and Ballentine acted as the postmaster calling it Varina. A community soon developed around the Varina Mercantile Company, started by the Ballentine Family. The Town of Sippihaw was renamed Fuquay Springs in 1902 and included Varina in its limits in 1909. As the communities began blending together, they eventually joined to create Fuquay-Varina.
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