Fuquay-Varina: Come for a day or stay for a lifetime

When I first moved to the Raleigh area, someone suggested that we have

lunch at a restaurant in “Few Quay” or was is “Phew-Kay”? With a correct pronunciation of /ˈfjuːkweɪ vəˈriːnə/, (thanks, Wikipedia). Fuquay-Varina or Fuquay for short, located just 15 minutes south of Raleigh, has flourished into a vibrant, family-friendly community. Its population has doubled in the past 10 years to over 25,000 citizens making it one of the fastest growing towns in North Carolina!

Downtown Fuquay-Varina


Originally, visitors from near and far traveled to the quaint town that is today called Fuquay-Varina seeking the healing powers of the Fuquay Mineral Spring. With 2 beautiful downtown districts, an abundance of charm, a rich history and plenty to see and do, Fuquay-Varina offers a dash more to those seeking an adventure. AAward-winning breweries, a thriving art scene, authentic festivals, entertaining outdoor concerts, exceptional shopping and dining that is more fun than formal – you’ll find it in Fuquay-Varina!

The Story of Fuquay-Varina
Fuquay-Varina, first known as “Piney Woods,” acquired her unusual names from the fates of history. Among the early land grant

Downtown Fuquay-Varina

families were the Burts, Joneses, and Rowlands, but it was a French veteran of the Revolutionary War named William Fuquay who moved his family to the exact site, purchasing 1000 acres of Jones Land in 1805.


While plowing a field, circa 1858, William’s son Stephen or grandson David Crockett uncovered a mineral spring. “Taking the waters” became an attraction for people with all types of physical ailments, leading to the annual celebrations at the spring on Easter Monday and the Fourth of July. Conveniently, the early timber rail provided a ready means of transportation while hotels, catering to long-term visitors, surrounded the spring.

During the “War for Southern Independence,” a young soldier named

Ballentine, born just south of the spring, received morale-boosting letters signed with the pen name “Varina.” He later looked up the Fayetteville lady, married her and brought her to live at his homeplace. Continuing to call her Varina, he named his post office and

Balloon Festival Memorial Day Weekend

mercantile establishment across from the mineral spring for her. When two timber rail lines crossed nearby, “Varina Station” was born.


In the early 1900’s tobacco farmers, fleeing the Granville wilt devastating their crops, began migrating into Southern Wake County. Their “golden weed” fostered a large commercial tobacco market. Railroads flourished and traffic flowed along Main Street in Fuquay Springs and around the Broad Street station, now known simply as Varina.


Splash Pad

Fuquay Springs, incorporated in 1909, joined the neighboring community of Varina in 1963 as 1 municipality. Since that time, Fuquay-Varina has become one of the fastest growing small towns in North Carolina. The town with the hyphenated name and 2 historic districts has been able to successfully retain its small-town charm while successfully adding modern amenities and rewarding business opportunities that have attracted residents from all over the United States.


Official Town Website

Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce

Downtown Fuquay-Varina

Fuquay-Varina Arts Council

Fuquay-Varina Town Hall

Information provided by Fuquay-Varina Historical Society

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Author: kellyj

Kelly Jacoby is a REALTOR and co-founder of Log Pond Realty in Apex, NC. Our team services the Triangle region of North Carolina including Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Fuquay-Varina, Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest and Garner.

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