When the small North Carolina town of Fuquay Springs incorporated in 1909, it included Varina, a neighboring community, in its land area. Fuquay Springs was a resort area and Varina was known mainly for its general store. Almost 60 years later, Varina’s role in the town’s history was officially acknowledged when the name was changed to Fuquay-Varina.
Today, this ever-present history is part of the town’s appeal. Three separate registered historic districts embody different aspects of Fuquay-Varina’s past: Fuquay Springs Residential Historic District, Varina Commercial Historic District and Jones Johnson Ballentine Rural Farm Historic District. Specific historic landmarks include Ballentine Spence House on Spring Street, Ben Wiley Hotel on South Main and Jones Johnson House on Sunset Lake Road.
Economically, Fuquay-Varina has transitioned from agriculture to a more diverse business base. Manufacturing, technology and professional services organizations are all represented, as are both global corporations and family-run establishments. Larger corporations are attracted to the town’s location near the Research Triangle Park. Smaller, specialty businesses appreciate Fuquay-Varina’s quaint personality. The city works to balance the economic activity with the small-town lifestyle during these years of growth.
The climate of Fuquay-Varina ranges from warm and humid in the summers to cool and mild in the winters. Temperatures reach the high 80s in July and lows in the 30s in December and January. The town typically sees about 46 inches of precipitation throughout the year, with January and July being the wettest months.