Local Area

About Historic Tarboro & The Edgecombe County Area

With its historic significance and unique Southern ambiance, Tarboro, North Carolina is a town where newcomers and longtime residents alike enjoy gracious living in a welcoming atmosphere. The community has gone to great lengths to preserve its heritage and culture. Here you’ll discover the charm of our 45-block Historic District and renovated downtown. Our beautiful 15-acre Town Common is one of only two chartered town commons in existence in the nation today.

All three sites are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Incorporated in 1760, Tarboro has become a regular stop on tours associated with The History Channel, The Victorian Society, The Smithsonian and Historic Albemarle.

Tarboro is the seat of Edgecombe County with a population of just under 12,000. Located 72 miles from the state capital of Raleigh, Tarboro is strategically positioned between the Piedmont and the Outer Banks, making it a central location in close proximity to the excitement of North Carolina’s cities and the relaxation of its coast. Tarboro’s location makes it an excellent place to live and invest.

Living in Tarboro gives you an opportunity to experience firsthand the very best of small-town warmth and also provides you with access to a wide range of cultural events, recreational activities, public and private education, institutions of higher learning, great shopping, dining, and state-of-the-art medical amenities. From musical events and stage portrayals to golf tourneys, sporting events and wine tastings, Tarboro keeps its residents busy and engaged with fun-filled and exciting events all year round.

Tarboro is a very business-friendly environment, offering support resources, tax incentives, an active Chamber of Commerce, a workforce development-focused community college with a Small Business Center and more! Tarboro also boasts a pro-business local government. Opportunities for the development of commercial activities are ever-present. Our proximity to I-95 and coast gives businesses in this area an added geographic advantage. Affordable accommodation and relatively low living and business costs make Tarboro an attractive place to work and develop your business.

Tarboro and the surrounding area offer a variety of real estate holdings, from single family and semi-detached homes to condos, luxury homes, historic properties and apartments. We are one of the state’s foremost retirement communities as well as a safe and desirable location for raising children. Tarboro is a friendly town that is home to families, professionals and retirees alike. Regardless of your lifestyle, Tarboro offers the real estate choices to suit your needs and the open arms of hospitality to make you and your family feel immediately at home.