In 1779 a portion of Tryon County became known as Lincoln County. Lincoln County received its name from a general in the American Revolutionary War, Benjamin Lincoln. Lincoln County covers an area of 307 square miles with water covering 8 square miles of the land. The county seat is Lincolnton.
In 1823 Lincoln County had ten operating forges and four furnaces, which produced around 900 tons of bar iron and 200 tons of cast hollow ware items, needless to say the area is rich with iron ore.
Because of the vast history associated with Lincoln County there are several places of interest still remaining today. These include three 18th century residence homes. The Vesuvius Furnace built in 1792, the Andrew Loretz House built in 1793 and the Woodside home built in 1798, plus many historical structures from both the 19th and 20th centuries.
If you are a history buff and love exploring historical places, then you must include Lincoln County on your itenary when traveling around North Carolina.