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Photo by Tracey Almond

Now in its 100th year, Badin has long remained true to its roots. The town’s centennial seal notes its primary identity markers; Aluminum Town on one side commemorates the origin of its current form as a town born of the aluminum industry and Natural Treasure on the other for the innate and incomparable beauty of the Yadkin Pee Dee River basin at the foot of the ancient Uwharrie mountain range. The seal is centrally adorned with the logo of a Hardaway Side Notch spear point inset with a fleur-de-lis above the slogan, Our History Runs Deep. The fleur-de-lis calls back to the town’s French forebears and designers who first sought to generate hydroelectric energy from the Yadkin River and built the unique townhouses in the French-Colonial style common to parts of Europe. The upturned Hardaway spear point heralds the Paleo-Indian grounds of modern day Badin which served nomadic native hunters and gatherers as an annual respite and congregational setting.

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Despite changes in the methods and purposes, many facets of ancient Carolina culture in and around Badin were based on the same natural amenities enjoyed by residents and visitors today. Where shad hunting by atlatl and spear point was rich on the beautiful banks of the area above a natural falls, contemporary anglers enjoy hauling in droves of bass, catfish and pan fish. The falls may be quieted, but the serene beauty and diverse natural habitat remains and the bounty of Badin Lake only adds to the splendor. Wind surfers, paddle boarders and kayakers find expansive niches to fill along the lake and Falls Reservoir, while pontoon boats, party barges, flatbottom fishers and motor boats make wake all across the vast surface of the Badin Lake, the deepest of all the area reservoirs.

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Children making merry during the spring and summer months may be heard across lawns and the occasional neighbor-cat or dog may meander by, clearly sharing in the air of communal bliss that seldom, if ever, blows far from Badin.

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With a pleasantly mild piedmont climate, Badin enjoys four distinct seasons throughout the year each with its own special offerings for residents and growing families. Badin Elementary School is a model of the community school philosophy. Students have close ties with friends and teachers who live in town and many are able to walk home after school.

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Few elements of the experience of living in Badin are rivaled by the simple joy of tight-knit neighborhoods and the charm of the garden-city design. Lawns are manageable sizes and benefit greatly from the TLC of hands-on gardening. A hand wave from a neighbor behind a stroller or a brimmed-hat head nod from atop a mower are commonly exchanged while other pleasantries may take on a more extended air. Whether by way of a coffee clutch at the end of a lawn fence or an impromptu meeting at the Badin CafĂŠ or Vann Memorial Gazebo, conversations are easy to find.

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One Badin icon that has evolved with its patrons since 1924 is the Badin Inn & Golf Club. Known to locals and members as the Badin Inn or simply, the club, the Badin Inn & Golf Club provides residents and visitors with a great many amenities. Golf, pool and tennis experiences, quick or refined dining options, overnight accommodations and a host of other related services including golf lessons, fundraiser golf tournament play and complete and beautiful one-stop wedding accommodations are among the club’s offerings.

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Centennial celebrations may also serve to enhance Badin’s annual event schedule. For 20 years the streets of Badin have been home to the Best of Badin Festival, a community favorite and rousing good time for the entire family. With rides for the kids, music, demonstrations and static displays on hand to complement the variety of craft and food vendors, the Best of Badin Festival has held serve in Stanly County for two decades. A play recounting the town’s rich history, a VW Bug Bash, a marvelous concert by Badin native and International Jazz Master “Sweet Poppa Lou” Donaldson, the ever-growing Historic Badin Triathlon, the Inaugural Badin Hardaway Powwow and the Badin 2013 Centennial Camp Meeting are just some of the events helping mark the milestone anniversary.

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With deep running history, Badin makes no bones about the wealth of opportunities for historical appraisal. From archaeological artifacts and exhibits with explanations of society 100 centuries ago to the arrival and departure of French industrialists to the tallest dam in the land to the purest aluminum made in its day to firefighting service by pull-cart, Badin’s museum complex is a must see. Badin museum committee volunteer members are dedicated to sharing Badin’s entrancing history with all comers. The museum complex consists of three specialized exhibits, the Badin Historic Museum, the Badin Firehouse Museum and the Badin Townhouse Museum.

Artist: Jodi Benoy Wahab

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Centennial banners display glimpses into Badin through the century along the general and central business districts along Roosevelt Street and Falls Road. Those business districts retain the spirit of the bustling downtowns of old and are in various stages of revitalization with widespread prosperity the goal. As shops such as Westbrook Community Center, The Cottage House, Gill’s Tackle, The Badin Tree House and Coy & Jean’s Antiques continue to toe the retail line, new opportunities on the horizon promise to offer vigor and exposure for area entrepreneurs.

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There are quite simply too many things about Badin to love to possibly discuss them all in one lifetime but residents and visitors alike create great lifelong memories giving it a try. The best way to start is to be here so come see us, we look forward to meeting you.

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Badin North Carolina Magazine 2013