Marching Through North Carolina: Goldsboro, North Carolina
(Editor’s Note: Each weekday in March we will be featuring a city in North Carolina in our “Marching Through North Carolina” series aimed at getting to know your state better from the mountains to the coast. In our firm, we serve all of North Carolina and enjoy learning about what makes us the same and different throughout the Tar Heel state. If you have any tidbits or suggestions about a featured city, please leave a comment on that city or town’s blog post)
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County: Wayne County
In the late 1700’s, a new county was formed in North Carolina named Wayne County. Over time, a town started growing named Waynesborough. Eventually the town became the county seat of Wayne County. When the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad came through the area this would set the course for change in the area. Due to the new railroad, a new community popped up in Wayne County. The name of that community was “Goldsborough Junction”, which over time was shortened to simply “Goldsborough.”
In 1847, the new town of Goldsborough, which was named after an Assistant Chief Engineer of the railroad, became the new county seat of Wayne County. Due to railroad connections to Charlotte and Beaufort, Goldborough’s population would grow to 1,500 by 1861. In 1869, Goldsborough changed the spelling of the city to the Goldsboro as we know it today.
In 1942, Goldsboro would see an increase in business and population increase as Seymour Johnson Air Force Base was constructed on the outskirts of town.
As mentioned in the history section, the Goldsboro area is home to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. The Air Force Base is home to the 4th Fighter Wing. From the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Website:
The 4th Fighter Wing is home to the multi-role, all-weather F-15E Strike Eagle and provides worldwide deployable aircraft and personnel capable of executing combat missions in support of the Aerospace Expeditionary Force. The wing also provides logistical support to an Air Force Reserve KC-135R unit.A history of the 4th Fighter Wing can be found here. Again, a huge thank you from all the members of Hardison & Cochran to the ladies and gentlemen who serve our country who are based at Seymour Johnson and all across the world.
If you are in Goldsboro and want to take on the outdoors, there is no better place to do this than Cliffs of the Neuse State Park. Once a place to come and drink mineral water to cure your ills, the Cliffs of the Neuse still offers the people of Goldsboro and Wayne County an area to boat, fish, hike, camp and relax.