Introduction to Wilson, North Carolina
Wilson, North Carolina, in Wilson county, is 16 miles SW of Rocky Mount, North Carolina (center to center) and 40 miles E of Raleigh, North Carolina. The city contains a population of approximately 44,405.
Wilson began like most other frontier towns where growth was very slow until it had a railroad. The Wilmington-Weldon Railroad was completed in 1845 which spurred remarkable development in Wilson. In January 1849, Wilson was officially established as a town after merging the villages of Hickory Grove and Toisnot Junction. It was named in honor of Louis D. Wilson, a legislator and soldier, who died fighting in the Mexican War.
Wilson and nearby Attractions
- Arts Council of Wilson
- Wilson Country Club
- Putt Putt of Wilson?
- Wilson County Senior Center
- Wiggin Mills Reservoir
Things To Do In Wilson
Visitors and residents flock to the live events organized by The Arts Council of Wilson. These events are held at the historically significant Boykin Center downtown. The North Carolina Baseball Museum, near Fleming Stadium, is a must-visit place for baseball fans. Those interested in history should visit the African-American History Museum, located in the Freeman Round House. The Freeman Round House is a stone building which is a marvel of engineering.
One can avail of air transportation from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
Wilson Higher Education
Barton College and Wilson Technical Community College are the local centers for higher learning.