A vibrant picturesque town, Tarboro is the county seat in Edgecombe County with a population of more than 11,000. Chartered in 1760, Tarboro served the area as an important Colonial river port and thriving trade center until the Civil War. The center of Tarboro is the beautifully sculpted Town Common and Historic District. One of only two original town commons left in the United States, this 15-acre greenery is lined with tall oak trees and war memorials. The 45-block Historic District is a must for historic preservationists, history enthusiasts, and architectural designers. Created by the National Parks Service in 1977, the Historic District boasts more than 300 structures from residential dwellings to churches and cemeteries to original 19th Century storefronts along Tarboro’s Main Street. It’s all within walking distance and perfect for an afternoon stroll through the streets. Tarboro blends its distinctive heritage with a modern lifestyle to create a captivating community that will keep you coming back again.
Adventure lovers will enjoy paddling the Tar River, biking the Historic Tarboro Trail, or cheering on sports teams at Indian Lake Sports Complex. Art aficionados will revel in the timeless art found at the Blount-Bridgers House where renowned artist and native Hobson Pittman’s paintings are exhibited. Theatre patrons can take in a show by local actors, the Tar River Players, or delight in guest performances from the New York Theatre Ballet and the North Carolina Symphony.
Tarboro’s booming business industry is home to companies with global distribution including Keihin Carolina System Technology, Hillshire Farms, Anderson-Talbert Peanut Co., World Cat, Moorecraft Reels, Triton International Woods, and Mayo Knitting Mill.
Located in Tarboro with a satellite campus in Rocky Mount, Edgecombe Community College offers 170 credentials including degree programs and certificates meeting the needs of local manufacturers. Students are sure to find exactly what they are looking for in education at the national recognized college.
Visit Tarboro, the place where neighbors meet on the sidewalks, art and history merge, and front porches are for celebrating the place that continues to be one of the greatest towns of the South.
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Town Hall Located 500 North Main Street, Tarboro