Ahoskie comes from a Wyanoke Indian word, and as far as we know, we’re the only town that goes by this name—hence our official slogan, “The Only One.” We’re big on history here, celebrating our diversity in all kinds of ways—from our annual Heritage Day Festival to our Christmas parade to pow-wows that include beadwork, weaponry and pottery exhibitions. If movies in the park and BBQ cook-offs fit your pace, Ahoskie is your scene—and it offers plenty more, too, like an annual golf tournament, live events at the Gallery Theatre and a large recreational center.
This picture-book town may be tiny, but it’s big on friendly. Our park is a community favorite, featuring a lighted tennis court, a baseball field, picnic areas and wonderful playground equipment. For the adult palate, head to the Duplin Winery, where 100,000 visitors each year sample the vineyard’s best, including its famous Magnolia wine featured in Martha Stewart Living. Golfers can hit the country club, while history buffs will enjoy the Plantation Homes tour and the Cowan Museum, full of artifacts from our early heritage. Complete the perfect day at our 1,000-seat amphitheater for a concert under the stars.
Tarboro is an incredibly scenic town that’s dedicated to preserving the structures and stories of the past. Explore our 45-block historic district, the 1808 Blount-Bridgers house and gardens, or the African American Historic Sites Trail, which highlights the lives of outstanding African Americans in our community. The 15-acre Tarboro commons—created by the town’s founders—is still a central gathering place where residents can relax under 200-year-old oak trees. Of course, we’re also focused on the present, which is why we have an active arts council, a bike trail through town, a multi-million dollar sports complex and much more.
If history’s your thing, Windsor won’t disappoint. Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, Windsor is the center of the Historic Albemarle Tour (a North Carolina heritage trail) and part of the Civil War Discovery Trail. Downtown’s historic district boasts houses from as far back as the 1700s, while the Hope Plantation offers a glimpse of 18th and 19th century life and features the Hope Mansion. For family fun, be sure to explore the Cashie wetlands or take the kids to the Livermon mini-zoo and recreational park (emus, anyone?). The annual family run/walk is always a favorite, too.