This page was last updated on: January 4, 2018
We are currently constructing a history of Woodrun, early days of construction, etc.  Any help you can give us in this regards will be greatly appreciated.  Please submit through the Woodrun office.
Gold Panning

The Uwharrie area has a long history of gold mining activity. Hundreds of old mines carve deep into the mountains and gold can be panned in many of the streams in the national forest as well as the Uwharrie river. Recreational panning for gold is allowed on most of the Uwharrie National Forest. Stream-bed (placer) gold, in most cases, does not exist in sufficient quantities to constitute economically recoverable deposits. No fee or permit is required as long as only shovel and pan techniques are used and no significant stream disturbance results, but one should check with the Uwharrie Ranger Station. Sluice or "shaker" boxes are allowed, but no mechanized or motorized equipment, such as suction dredges are allowed. 
J. Paul Russell, 95, of Troy, died on Sunday, April 19, 2009, at Stanly Regional Hospital in Albemarle.  A native of Montgomery County, Mr. Russell began his entrepreneurial career in sales, which led to the establishment of Russell Hosiery Mills in Star, a foundation in the textile industry and in Montgomery County. He was a respected leader in hosiery manufacturing, receiving numerous awards and honors. He served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Hosiery Manufacturers. For a period of years he was the largest employer in Montgomery County, with more than 800 employees at the Star location.  After retirement he became a real estate developer and created Carolina Forest and Woodrun, both on Lake Tillery,

Founder of the Russell Hosiery Mill, Mr. Russell was at one time the largest employer in Montgomery County. He was also known as an outgoing entrepreneur, big-game hunter and philanthropist, and he was instrumental in developing Montgomery Memorial Hospital, the county's country club and golf course, and engaged in many other ventures before his death in 2009 at age 95.
Woodrun Association

     Woodrun is 680 acres of beautiful woods and lakes in the heart of Montgomery County. It sits overlooking Lake Tillery, a beautiful 15 mile long, 5000 acre expanse of water with 107 miles of shore line. It is surrounded by the mountainous Uwharrie National Forest, and is near Morrow Mountain State Park.

     As a Woodrun property owner, you and your family will enjoy swimming in the large pool, tennis, fishing, boating, camping and just relaxing around the beautiful clubhouse. Woodrun is a gated Homeowners Association with a security guard always on duty at the Woodrun entrance. If there ever was a place for vacation homes, year round homes, family fun and relaxation, this is it.

AREA HISTORY:     Ask about North Carolina geography and most Tar Heels will tell you that there are mountains to the west, which gradually give way to a broad Piedmont, which in turn gives away to a Coastal Plain. Although that description is generally accurate, it leaves something out. It leaves out the Uwharrie Mountains.

     The Uwharries are mountains, but they are not in the west. Instead, they lie in that gradual transition area between the Piedmont and the Coastal Plain, in and around, Montgomery County.

     They shouldn’t be here, but they are. They are likely the oldest mountains in America. They are older than the Appalachians, dating back almost 500 million years. They are breathtakingly beautiful and rich in history – a history of Indians, gold mines and romantic ghosts.

INDIANS:     Sometime between 1500 and 1550 A.D. a band of Indians, probably Creeks, left what is now Georgia in search of a better land. When they reached the Uwharries, they knew they had found it. The dense forest housed more than enough nuts, berries and game. The wide streams and rivers abounded with fish. Even the mountains themselves cooperated, yielding flint rock for hunting weapons.

     So, the Indians built their homes, and settled in for a long and happy existence, but it didn’t turn out that way. A little over a hundred years after they arrived, they vanished – and no one knows why. It could be that they felt the urge to return to their native land, it could be they were intimidated by a warring tribe, but for whatever reason, they left behind a hundred years of happy, productive existence in a bountiful, promised land. 

GOLD:     This good earth of Montgomery County proved to be even better than it appeared on the surface. It proved to be gold country. In the early 1800’s many of the settlers abandoned their plows for picks and shovels. There were at least a dozen mines in Montgomery County with magical names such as Eldorado, Iola and Dutchman. Although the mines never produced a gold boom, they provided a livelihood for scores of people for a long time.

     If a person could be transported back in time to a mountain top, he would be presented with a fascinating panorama of the world. The industrious working their claims, the farmers working their crops, ferry boats transporting cattle, peddlers, and an occasional young man “a courtin” across the wide Pee Dee River. 

GHOSTS:     No one knows how long ghosts have been in the mountains. Probably since the first man with a spirited imagination wandered into the area several hundred years ago. At any rate, there have been scores of ghostly tales handed down over the generations. They are still a favorite topic of conversation among the old timers who live in the mountains. Some of the tales are strange, some are funny, and some of them very sad.



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