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Willets, North Carolina
Unincorporated community
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Jackson
Elevation 2,690 ft (820 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 828
GNIS feature ID 996296

Willets is an unincorporated community in Jackson County, North Carolina, United States. Willets is located along US 74, West of Balsam and East of Sylva. It is home to the Balsam-Willets-Ochre Hill fire department, a church, and many homes. It was a thriving unincorporated town along the Murphy Branch of the Western North Carolina Railroad, but seriously declined during the Great Depression in the 1930s, consolidations of the schools in the Scott Creek Township in 1951, and the widening/straightening of US 23 in the early 1950s and early 1970s. Today it is a tiny bedroom community for the larger population centers of Waynesville and Sylva.


Willets School
The old Willets Graded School in 1909
Hall's Siding Station
The Willets Depot in the 1890s, when it was known as Hall's Station/Hall's Siding.

A post office called Willets was established in 1903, and remained in operation until 1934. The community was named for A. P. Willets, the owner of a local sawmill.

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