The Neighborhood


Outdoor adventure meets culture and charm.

From hooking a bass or a perch on the Tar River to enjoying an outdoor symphony performance on the oldest town common in the South, Tarboro offers something to satisfy everyone's tastes.

Tarboro takes us back to a time of simpler living and easy pleasures. Start with a stroll on the town common, established in 1760, and explore the 45-block historic district. 

Main Street boasts boutiques and restaurants to appeal to our modern lifestyle, and art galleries and museums abound. Feeling adventurous? Paddle the Tar River or hike around Indian Lake. 

Come to the good life. We think you'll stay.

A 'Welcome to North Carolina' sign along the side of the highway crossing the state line.


The original inhabitants of the region surrounding Tarboro were the Tuscarora Indians. When British settlers arrived in 1733, they named their settlement  "Tawboro” after "taw,” the Indian word for "river of health.”

The town of Tarboro was established by the North Carolina Colonial Legislature in 1760, and the town served the area as a strategic river port and thriving trade center through the Civil War. Tarboro also became the county seat of Edgecombe County in 1764 and, more recently, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

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Check out what’s going on with events in the area ranging from art shows to concerts, happenings on the common, and much more. 

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