King is a city in Stokes and Forsyth counties, North Carolina. King is part of the Piedmont Triad metropolitan area, located northwest of Winston-Salem. The town was originally called “King’s Cabin”. Charles and Francis King lived in a cabin owned by Francis’s father for a short time in the 1830s. Being Quakers and against slavery, the King family moved to the free North. According to television journalist and historian Chad Tucker’s book Images of America, King (2006), after the King family left their home it was used by locals as a landmark or reference point in giving directions. Several decades later when a post office was established in 1888 it was named for that reference point, King’s Cabin. The railroad laid tracks a few years later and shortened the name to “King” in its business transactions, and to eliminate confusion the post office followed on September 26, 1894. Charles and Francis King never returned to Stokes County and never knew their former home became the namesake of a town.
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