Shelby is located in the western edge of the Greater Charlotte Region, serving as the county seat of Cleveland County. The town has a rich culture and history still celebrated and preserved to this day.
With cost of living and median home price numbers well below those of both the state and nation, Shelby is an affordable place to call home. You will find a mixture of stately mansions and quaint single-story homes in Shelby. Along tree-lined streets, Shelby neighborhoods host traditional homes with gorgeous brick facades and Colonial homes with striking details, among other home styles. Shelby has a number of historic homes, some of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Lifestyle and Attractions
Located approximately 45 miles from Charlotte, this relatively small town with more than 20,000 people enjoys laid-back country living and a well-connected community. Shelby serves as the county seat of Cleveland County, and is home to the largest county fair in the state. The Cleveland County Fair is an annual agricultural fair attracting more than 100,000 visitors to the fairgrounds in Shelby.
Shelby has 16 public schools in Cleveland County Schools, including Shelby High School and Crest High School, which was ranked No. 16 in the state of North Carolina. Private schools in Shelby include Twelve Oaks Academy, Grace Christian Academy and Ambassador Baptist Academy. Shelby is home to Cleveland Community College, and is near several institutions of higher learning, including Gardner Webb University in Boiling Springs, Belmont Abbey College in Belmont and Gaston College in Dallas.
The area now known as Shelby was once populated by Cherokee people, and Spanish explorers traversed the area as early as 1540, but did not stay. In the 1750s, Scots-Irish and German settlers arrived from Pennsylvania and Virginia, and many stayed and launched farmsteads and trading establishments. The town was officially incorporated in 1843, and was named Shelby after Isaac Shelby, a Revolutionary War hero who played a pivotal role in the Battle of Kings Mountain. Over time, the town extended in a circle, creating a quarter-mile circuit from the public square.
Growth in Shelby was slow before the introduction of the railroad and development of roads and bridges. In the beginning, many residents held jobs as carpenters, wheelwrights, silversmiths, gunsmiths, blacksmiths, grocers, butchers and tailors. The post-Civil War Reconstruction era opened the door to investment opportunities, and the Carolina Sewing Machine Company was established at the old Shelby Foundry. During the 1920s, Shelby experienced the cotton boom, and by 1947, Shelby was a thriving town until the textile industry slowed between 1950 and 1975. Today, Shelby is a peaceful and quiet town with a preserved history, evident in the restored historic buildings and homes.
Approximate Distance to:
Uptown Charlotte: 46 Miles
Charlotte Douglas International Airport: 39 Miles
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport: 55 Miles
Carolinas HealthCare System Cleveland: 1 Mile
Kings Mountain Hospital: 12.5 Miles
US-74: 1 Mile
I-85: 15 Miles
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