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Town of Benson circa 1910The Town of Benson derives its name from Alfred Monroe “Mim” Benson, a farmer who purchased a 402-acre tract of land in 1874 along the Smithfield-Fayetteville Road.

Benson owes its existence to the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad which was surveyed to pass through the town’s present location in 1886.  The town soon became an important commercial center  for families farming in the areas around Elevation, Bentonville, Mingo Swamp, McGee’s Crossroads, Blackman’s Crossroads and Meadow.

Incorporation

On March 7, 1887 the North Carolina General Assembly voted on the petition for the incorporation of Benson.  The charter detailed procedures for government, elections and boundaries and was filed in the county courthouse April 16, 1889.  This area would no longer be referred to as “that little settlement east of Mingo” or  “that community on Mim Benson’s land,” but would be called Benson.

Under the provisions of the charter, the railroad agent here was chosen to be mayor.  The first mayor was Eli Cavenaugh, and his board of commissioners included Stephen H. O’Neal, David H. Wallace and Chris C. Ryals.   During the 1880s, A. M. Benson sold off lots around the new railroad station, and local farmers and businessmen quickly sought out opportunities to do business in Benson. By 1895, the population of Benson was 200.

WeatherIf you love early springs; warm, long summers; crisp, cool falls and mild winters, you'll love the weather in the Benson area.

While far enough north to have four distinct seasons, the Benson area is located in the nation's sun belt, which is very conducive for year-round outdoor activities. The average July temperature is 79.8 degrees with average highs reaching the upper 80's. January's average temperature is 44.2 degrees. Average highs in winter usually reach into the mid-50's.

The area averages about 4 inches of snowfall a year, and annual rainfall is about 48 inches.

 

 

 Temperatures:

Month

High

Low

Average

January

55.26

33.26

44.26

February

54.43

33.11

43.27

March

58.58

34.00

46.29

April

72.23

48.40

60.32

May

77.90

55.68

66.79

June

83.40

64.10

73.75

July

89.42

70.19

79.81

August

90.66

68.40

79.53

September

80.27

59.07

69.67

October

69.26

48.00

58.63

November

67.53

42.20

54.87

December

54.26

31.94

43.10

 

235-A East Market Street
Smithfield, North Carolina 27577

tel 919.989.8687  |  fax 919.989.6295
toll free 1.800.441.7829

 

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