Welcome to the Sixth District of North Carolina, which is located in the heartland of North Carolina. We are in the center of the Tar Heel state, and we like to think that we are the center of attention as the best place to live, work and play. The Sixth District is comprised of five entire counties, Caswell, Person, Rockingham, Stokes, and Surry, along with portions of five other counties, Alamance, Durham, Granville, Guilford, and Orange.
Traditionally, these counties were home of North Carolina’s economic lifeblood, namely furniture, textiles and tobacco. While all three industries have transitioned to a 21st century economy, all remain core components of the Sixth District’s workforce. For example, High Point remains the Furniture Capital of the World. Twice a year, tens of thousands of buyers from around the globe descend on High Point to view and purchase the latest in furniture styles for the home and office. Lorillard Tobacco – the maker of Newport, Kent, True, and Old Gold cigarettes – is headquartered in Greensboro and employs some two thousand residents of the district.
Alamance County, the traditional home of many of our textile firms, has transitioned to modern-day textile and apparel needs. Companies such as Glen Raven and others have adopted new and innovative products and manufacturing methods. Our district is proud to be the headquarters for such dynamic companies as Volvo and Mack Trucks, VF Corporation, Honda Aircraft, RF Micro Devices, and many others.
The Sixth District is richly blessed with many historical sites that pre-date the founding of our nation. From the Battle of Guilford Courthouse National Military Park to the Battle of Alamance, history buffs can learn more about the people and events that helped shaped our country. Those who wish to study more recent history and culture can travel to Surry County to visit Mt. Airy, known around the world as Mayberry and the home of Andy Griffith, and even learn more about the original Siamese Twins, Eng and Chang Butler.
History buffs can also visit some of the most beautiful court houses in the country. From Danbury and Oxford to Roxboro and Yanceyville, the Sixth District is richly blessed with some of the most architecturally significant public buildings anywhere. We are also home to many outstanding colleges and universities including Elon, Guilford, High Point, Greensboro, and UNCG.
The Sixth District boasts of beautiful natural resources throughout the region. Outdoor enthusiasts can take a ride down the Dan and Mayo Rivers, explore Hanging Rock State Park, climb Sauratown Mountains, appreciate the majesty of Pilot Mountain, and sail on Hyco Lake. All 10 counties of the Sixth District offer unique and tremendous attractions for those who love the great outdoors. If watching sports is more to your liking, you can take in a professional baseball game in Greensboro, the home of the Grasshoppers, and Burlington, home of the Royals. If golf is your game, the Wyndham Championship is an annual stop on the PGA Tour at Sedgefield Country Club.
The Sixth District is home to a growing number of vineyards – many in Surry County – as North Carolina becomes an increasingly important state in the field of wine production. Our district also boasts of many craft beer producers, including Red Oak and Natty Greene’s, and is home to MillerCoors in Rockingham County, which produces more than nine million barrels of beer annually and employs hundreds of our citizens.
If you live or work within the boundaries of the Sixth District, you know how fortunate we are. If you are a first-time or repeat visitor, welcome to the heartland of North Carolina. We will make you feel like you are home or wish you lived here.