East Bend is a small town located in the foothills of North Carolina in northeastern Yadkin County. It was incorporated in 1887 and was named for the east bend of the Yadkin River.
East Bend, which was founded in 1849, is rich in history and was a bustling town in the late 19th century when the J.G. Huff Buggy factory operated. At one time, the buggy plant was the largest of its kind in the South and had more residents than Yadkinville, the county seat.
The town still has several historic buildings inside the town limits including the J.G. Huff house on East Main Street. There are several beautiful historic houses on Main Street.
Another property, the Davis Brothers store, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, now operates as Roselli's restaurant, a popular eatery.
East Bend, which has about 600 residents, has always been a popular bedroom community for residents who commute to work in nearby Winston-Salem.
East Bend is governed by a mayor/council form of government. Town officials, which are elected every two years in off-year elections, govern the town. East Bend also has a planning/zoning board and a zoning board of adjustments.
East Bend has a full-time police department, a water system, garbage and recycling collection, a public works/grounds department, a streets department, and a town administration.
Salem Stained Glass windows is located in the East Bend Industrial Park.
East Bend is also home to the East Bend Senior Center, which provides activities and meals for area elderly residents. Meals on Wheels also operates out of the Senior Center. Yadkin Christian Ministries also has an East Bend location at 118 E NC 67 Bypass, East Bend, NC 27018. There are several churches with a variety of denominations. The town is also home to Carolina Medicine in the former East Bend Medical Center.
Other notable buildings in the town include a new Dollar General, First National Bank, the East Bend town hall and East Bend Elementary School. East Bend is also close to several area vineyards, Pilot Mountain State Park, the Yadkin River and a popular destination site to area cyclists.
By far the largest attraction is the annual East Bend God and Country Celebration held annually on the Saturday before the 4th of July, which attracts a large crowd to the Main Street Parade, craft and food vendors, and an impressive fireworks display. A touch of the small town life occurs at Small Town Christmas held in the East Bend Fire Department on the Saturday after Thanskgiving. Also in the town center are East Bend Cruise Nights held in the evening on the last Thursday in May, July, August, and September.
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