Introduction to Cary, North Carolina
Cary, North Carolina, in Wake county, is 8 miles W of Raleigh, North Carolina.The town is conveniently located inside the Raleigh - Durham - Chapel Hill metropolitan area. There are an estimated 94,536 people in Cary.
The present day town of Cary was originally known as Bradford's Ordinary. It was first settled in 1750. The area became a major transportation route when the North Carolina Railroad first entered the area in the mid 1800s. A farmer and lumberman from Wake County, Allison Francis "Frank" Page and his wife, Catherine "Kate" Raboteau Page, purchased the land in 1854 and named it Cary. It was named after Samuel Fenton Cary, a prohibitionist and former Ohio congressman. The town was officially incorporated on April 6, 1871. Page became the first mayor of Cary.
Cary and nearby Attractions
- Fred G. Bond Metro Park
- Page-Walker Hotel Arts & History Center
- Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve
- J.C. Raulston Arboretum
- American Wildlife Refuge
- Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
Things To Do In Cary
While staying in Cary, one can plan a trip to the Hemlock Bluffs State Natural Area. Fishing and boating can be enjoyed on the MacGregor Downs Lake, Hoffman Lake, and Holiday Acres Lake. Some of the local parks are the Annie L. Jones Park, Sears Farm Road Park, White Oak Park, MacDonald Woods Park, Fred G. Bond Metro Park, and North Cary Park. The Town of Cary organizes numerous annual events and festivals including the Art Quilt Show, Martin Luther King Jr. Dreamfest, and Spring Daze Arts & Crafts Festival.
Raleigh-Durham International Airport is nearby.
Cary Higher Education
Meredith College, Shaw University, and Wake Technical Community College are close to the town.