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Wingate started with the name Ames
Turnout for a contractor named Ames
who graded the bed for the railroad tracks
that run through town. The name was
changed to Wingate in the late 1890s.
The town is inextricably linked
with Wingate University, a private
comprehensive institution that recently
celebrated its 115th year. Growth is likely
to come to both the town and the school
within the next decade when the Monroe
Bypass, connecting U.S. 74 at a point near
Wingate, makes Charlotte less than a
half-hour’s drive away.
Wingate University offers 35 bachelor’s
degrees, master’s degrees in business,
accounting, education, physician assistant
studies and sport administration and
doctorates in pharmacy, physical therapy
and education. Most of the more than
2,500 students attend classes at the
400-acre main campus just off U.S. 74;
others attend the university’s Ballantyne
and Hendersonville campuses. The
University is proud of its state-of-the-art
George A. Batte Fine Arts Center and the
Levine College of Health Sciences which
houses the School of Pharmacy and
Physician Assistant Studies program.
Wingate is home to the Jesse Helms
Center on U.S. 74 near the Wingate
campus. The center is a tribute to retired
US Senator Jesse Helms, R-N.C., a Union
County native and Wingate College
graduate (class of 1939). It displays
exhibits and memorabilia and will house
the senator’s papers. The Helms Center
sponsors a lecture series that brings
government and international leaders to
campus for public speeches and sessions
with students. Visitors to town in recent
years include Dr. Condoleezza Rice,
Margaret Thatcher, and The Dalai Lama.
The town of Wingate is proud of its new
city hall, a historic Greek revival home
released from the Jesse Helms Center and
next door to the complex. 704-233-4411.

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