Is it possible for a town to flourish while remaining quaint and inviting? Residents of Wendell, NC would answer with an enthusiastic “Absolutely!” This small town, located just 20 miles from Raleigh, is one of the fastest-growing towns in the state. Yet while it has doubled its population since 2010 to just over 10,000 residents, the town of Wendell stays true to its motto “Small Town, Big Charm.”
Each year, Wendell hosts numerous main street events encouraging residents to gather while promoting personal, social, and economic growth. A few favorites include Spring Fling, Harvest Festival, and Wendell Wonderland. The town accepts submissions for new events year-round in keeping with its history of offering something for everyone.
Speaking of history, much of downtown Wendell is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The local historical society provides an area map highlighting 19 commercial and residential structures that are worth checking out. The Historic Trail Map is a self-guided tour showcasing buildings dating back as far as 1850. Each stop offers a glimpse back into architectural history, including the beautiful Old Wendell Christian Church, Overhead Bridge, and, the still active, Buchanan’s Service Station.
The Wendell Historical Museum, located in the heart of downtown, shares exhibits on the town’s beginnings and cultural heritage. Follow up a visit to the museum with a walk around the corner to enjoy several local downtown eateries, such as Aubreys and Peedies Grill, 41 North Coffee, or Everest Kitchen. Or stop by Bearded Bee Brewing Company to quench your thirst. To satisfy your sweet tooth or to just take a step back in time, be sure to stop by the Wendell General Store. One of the great perks of spending time in Wendell is the availability of free Wi-Fi throughout the downtown area.
With spring just around the corner, the Wendell Market is already ramping up. The goal of the market is to offer access to fresh, locally-grown food to all people. Because the market is smaller in stature than a traditional farmer’s market, even beginning gardeners can grab a spot to share the fruits of their labor. Local artisans are also welcome at the Wendell Market.
The future of Wendell is as bright as its past with many retailers opening in 2023. Treelight Square will be home to several favorite restaurants, including Don Beto’s Tacos & Tequila, Falls Local, Parkside Restaurant, Wingstop, and Romeo’s Pizza. Soon a perfect day out can include a stop at Elements Massage, Menagerie Style House, and a wind down with a coffee at Starbucks. For now, Publix is open for all your grocery needs.
Of course, with growth comes a need for new homes. JSJ Builders is now offering new builds in the Andrews Landing development where buyers can relax in a country setting just minutes from historic downtown Wendell. The new homes are low maintenance with spacious interiors and designer kitchens. Homeowners can also enjoy the beautiful views of Wendell from their covered porches or patios.
Wendell is growing, yes, but the town remains true to its quest of “small town, big charm.” If your new year includes a relocation, now is the time to check out Wendell, NC.