Introduction to Tarboro, North Carolina
Tarboro, North Carolina is 14 miles E of Rocky Mount, North Carolina (center to center) and 62 miles E of Raleigh, North Carolina.It is in Edgecombe county. The town is part of the Rocky Mount metro area. The population of Tarboro is 11,138.
Tarboro was originally inhabited by the Tuscarora Indians. It was first settled by the whites in the 1730s. At that time, the area was known as Tawboro, which was derived from an Indian term "Taw" meaning "river of health." It was incorporated on November 30, 1760, and was renamed Tarborough. The town became the county seat of Edgecombe County in 1764. George Washington, first President of the United States, visited the town during his 1791 Southern tour.
Tarboro and nearby Attractions
- Blount - Bridgers House
- Military Museum
- East Carolina Village of Yesteryear
- Rocky Mount Children's Museum & Science Center
- Medoc Mountain State Park
- Historic Halifax State Historic Site
Things To Do In Tarboro
During your stay in Tarboro, you can visit the Blount-Bridgers Historical Gardens, Pender History Museum, and Edgecombe County Veteran’s Museum. You can also enjoy a leisurely stroll or drive through the Tarboro Historic District National Recreation Trail. One can also visit Sunrise Park and Burlington Park. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Parkhill Mall, River Oaks Landing Shopping Center, Tarboro Shopping Center, Edgecombe Square Shopping Center, and Fairview Shopping Center.
Flights are available from Pitt-Greenville Airport.
Tarboro Higher Education
The local college is Edgecombe Community College. Higher education can also be availed from Pitt Community College, Vance-Granville Community College, and East Carolina University.