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The first inhabitants in what is now Wayne County were Tuscarora Native Americans. After the Tuscarora War during the early 1700's, most of the tribe traveled to upstate New York. By the mid 18th century, many European settlers had arrived and settled in the area. During early settlement, the area was divided into districts; in the early 1700's Wayne was part of Craven Parish. By 1746, the future Wayne County was part of Johnston County and in 1758 it became part of the new Dobbs County, named for Royal Governor Arthur Dobbs. Wayne County was formed from Dobbs County in 1779, when the town of Waynesborough was developed along the banks of the Neuse River. It was named for "Mad Anthony" Wayne, a Revolutionary War General.
Goldsboro is best known as home to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. The city is home to Goldsboro Milling Company, the 10th largest producer of hogs in the U.S., and also a major producer of turkeys. The Borden Manufacturing Company, First Presbyterian Church, L. D. Giddens and Son Jewelry Store, Goldsboro Union Station, Harry Fitzhugh Lee House, Odd Fellows Lodge, and Solomon and Henry Weil Houses are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Beaches, museums, historic sites, state parks, the Civil War Corridor, the capital city of Raleigh, and the mountains are within easy driving distance. Area nature lovers enjoy the Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, just minutes away. Each year on the last full weekend in April, the area celebrates its agribusiness heritage with the North Carolina Pickle Festival, in Mount Olive - one of the best-known festivals in the state.
Whether you like big adventure, or just beautiful sightseeing, boating, golfing, biking, beach combing, or just visiting lighthouses, antique shops, playhouses, museums and galleries, North Carolina is rich with attractions and amusements
One of the most exhilarating beach vaction spots on the East Coast is NC'S Outer Banks. Vacation rentals from Corolla down past Kitty Hawk and Nags Head and all the way to the former pirate stronghold of Ocracoke Island. You have to do this at least once in your lifetime.
If mountains are more your style then the North Carolina Smoky Mountains offer a value family vacation with hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and scenic drives through the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest. The Blue Ridge Parkway offers many outstanding mountain views and scenic overlooks. You can't go wrong on this one!
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