From the early days when the Tuscarora Indians settled the region to now, Tarboro is an interesting, historic small town that every North Carolinian should visit at least once. The town was chartered on Nov. 30, 1760, and officially became the county seat of Edgecombe County in 1764. It was a thriving riverport until the Civil War started, and then by 1861, 60% of the county’s population — over 10,000 people — was enslaved. After the war, many newly freed people crossed over the Tar River and founded Freedom Hill, which became Princeville in 1885, the first town in the U.S. incorporated by African Americans. In 1977, the National Park Service recognized the Tarboro Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places, spanning 45 blocks and including more than 300 structures. Let’s take a look at one of the best historic towns in North Carolina. 

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