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Eli Whitney is an unincorporated community in southeastern Alamance County, North Carolina, USA. It is at the intersection of North Carolina Highway 87, and Greensboro-Chapel Hill Road. To the south is Mandale, North Carolina, and to the west is Snow Camp, North Carolina. The United States Postal Service considers Eli Whitney part of the Graham, North Carolina delivery area.
The reasoning for this was because there was once a cotton gin located in the community, but has been gone for many years now. Eli Whitney was once home to a school as well, but it too closed and was later demolished. The school’s gymnasium was left standing and now serves as a community center.
Eli Whitney is best known as the site of Uncle Eli’s Quilting party, a one-day quilting and quilt show held annually since 1931. A historical marker stand outside the gym, where this event takes place the first Thursday in April.
Eli Whitney gained its name from the inventor of the cotton gin Eli Whitney.