Local Guide

Coats, NC

Welcome to Coats, North Carolina, nestled in the heart of Harnett County. This charming town, part of the Dunn Micropolitan Area and the greater Raleigh–Durham–Cary Combined Statistical Area, is a blend of rural tranquility and convenient city access.


The Town of Coats, North Carolina, owes its origin to James T. Coats, who at 26 years old bought 700 acres in Harnett County and established a general store, catalyzing the town’s formation in the early 20th century. Coats is also notable for being home to North Carolina’s first licensed aviator, Alton Stewart, a World War I pilot who gained fame working with Curtiss-Wright Flying Service in Raleigh and significantly contributed to the popularity of aviation in the state. Stewart’s legacy is commemorated by a tombstone in Coats, recognizing his pioneering role in aviation, including a 1926 license signed by Orville Wright.


Coats hosts several annual events that draw both locals and visitors alike. The Annual Coats Farmers’ Day is a fall tradition featuring a range of activities including a golf tournament, tractor and antique car shows, live music, kids’ park, assorted competitions, a pig cook-off, and even a street dance. Another fall highlight is the Coats Farmer’s Day Golf Tournament, where community members swap tractors for golf carts for a day of fun and camaraderie. Additionally, the Coats Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Annual Coats Chamber Bluegrass in the Park, a family-friendly festival offering live bluegrass music, picnic opportunities, and a chance for attendees to showcase their dance skills. 


In Coats, North Carolina, educational needs are met by several key institutions. Coats Elementary School caters to around 750 students from kindergarten to 5th grade with a favorable student-to-teacher ratio. Nearby, Coats-Erwin Middle School, recognized as a School of Distinction, serves over 650 students in grades 6 to 8. Triton High School, accommodating more than 1,300 students in grades 9 to 12, emphasizes academic success and diversity.


Several highlights in Coats for dining options include Cornerstone Cafe & Coffee, Smith’s Farm Ice Cream (seasonal), Noah’s Grill & PizzaWelcome 68 Chinese Restaurant, and ¡Viva Zapata! Mexican Restaurant.

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