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Tarboro was founded more than 250 years ago, 16 years prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Our trademark is a "front porch kind of town" with friendly folks who make all feel welcome through creating a sense of home. Our 15-acre Town Common is one of only two remaining original Town Commons in the United States.

The Edgecombe County Cultural Arts, also known as Edgecombe Arts, nurtures and promotes the cultural arts and cultural heritage of Edgecombe County. Edgecombe Arts provides programming to the community through art exhibits, workshops, performances as well as special events, like the Happening on the Common.

Tarboro's downtown is in the National Register of Historic Places. One can expect to see beautiful turn of the century buildings, showcasing architecture dating back to the 1700's. Our small, yet vibrant downtown would be effortless for any new retiree learning to move about. One can expect to find small boutiques, eateries and a variety of other retail/professional business. Tarboro's Historic District is a 45 block restored area that's home to many "grand old ladies," Colonial, Antebellum and Victorian homes.

Tarboro has an exceptional quality of life. The climate of Tarboro is ideal for any retiree, with mild winters and warm summers making most recreational activities available year-round. There are numerous walking and biking trails, tennis and pickleball courts, fishing on the river, hunting locations and picnicking spots, just to name a few. One can play a round of golf at Cotton Valley or enjoy indoor recreational and fitness activities at several private and public recreation and fitness facilities. Tarboro's location makes many attractions along the East Coast accessible within a day's drive. From the Veteran's Museum, art galleries, breweries, bakeries, fine dining and diverse boutique shopping; there something for everyone.

Vidant Edgecombe Hospital offers access to a variety of healthcare professionals providing outstanding care. For those needing or who may eventually need long-term and assisted living, outstanding facilities including the Fountains at the Albemarle, Prodigy, and Golden Living Center are available.

There are many great towns in the South, but Tarboro reigns as one of the most charming historic places you will ever experience. You're likely to be greeted in the same way that people have greeted both strangers and neighbors alike: with a "hey, how are you?" called out from a front porch.

Come for a visit and stay at one of our hotels or locally owned Airbnbs. You might just want to stay!

Learn more about Tarboro at historictarboro.org.

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Latitude: 35° 53' 48.5664" / Longitude: -77° 32' 8.8974"

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