ⓘ Granville line

                                     

ⓘ Granville line

The Granville Line is a historical and geographic feature in North Carolina. Counties in the coastal region of the Carolina colony began to be formed in the latter 17th century. In 1711, the colony was divided into North Carolina and South Carolina. As settlement moved westward in North Carolina, additional counties were formed to meet the needs of governance in the expanding colony.

In 1753, in the County of Rowan was formed from Anson County. It had the effect of splitting counties along the line East–West about halfway from the border with Virginia and South Carolina. This line was called the "Earl of Granvilles line," and fell to the North of 35½º North latitude. Line Granville continued to serve as the basis for borders, as it was formed a new district. Today Granville line appears on maps of North Carolina counties on the demarcation of the division of the Chatham, Randolph, Davidson, Rowan, and Iredell counties, on the North side of Moore, Montgomery, Stanley, Cabarrus and Mecklenburg counties on the South.